Arkansas Department of Education TransACT Announcement—Webinars and In-Person Training

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Memo Number
LS-20-011
Memo Date
8/6/2019
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Learning Services
Regulatory Authority
Response Required
NO
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Child Nutrition Directors/Managers; District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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To help with Parent and Family Engagement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to meet the Civil Rights obligations of schools in working with Limited English Proficient (LEP) families and English Learner (EL) students across the state of Arkansas, leaders in the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education are partnering with TransACT® Parent Notices. The new partnership will provide all local education agencies, representing hundreds of schools and teachers, with unlimited access to: expertly written parent notifications that meet legal requirements; guidance on required audiences; and recommended timelines.

 

TransACT Parent Notices is an online subscription service, which provides local education agencies with federally compliant parent notifications in multiple languages, as well as guidance and resources for compliance with federal parent and family engagement requirements. For over 20 years, TransACT has provided education agencies with parent notifications and other resources that are written by current and former education administrators with experience in federal programs, and then legally reviewed where applicable by ESEA (ESSA) legal experts. 

 

There is NO charge to districts for utilizing TransACT in Arkansas. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, all educators in Arkansas will have access to TransACT’s General Education Parent Notices and ESEA (ESSA) Parent Notices. All Arkansas educators can now create accounts to access parent notices. To register for access go to www.transact.com and Click here for the Quick Start Guide.  All Parent Notices are available to Arkansas educators in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Marshallese will be available soon as well.  

 

TransACT will be hosting a series of New User webinars for educators. Click here to register.  The webinars are scheduled for:

Wednesday, Aug 7 at 10am and 2pm

Friday Aug 9 at 9am

Monday Aug 12 at 10am and 2pm

Tuesday Aug 20 at 9am and 3pm

Thursday Aug 22 at 3pm

 

TransACT will also be in Arkansas for on-site trainings (which include the new user trainings). Districts may send 1-2 people to ONE of the following training sessions:

Tuesday, August 27, 8:30-noon at Northwest Arkansas ESC in Farmington- Session number 390251

https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=390251

 

Wednesday, August 28, 8:30-noon at Arch Ford ESC I. Plummerville-Session number 390272

https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=390272

 

{Please bring a device to the in-person training. Please note that if someone attends a new user training webinar, they don’t need to attend the first half hour of the in person training unless they wish to repeat the new user training.}

 

For further information concerning serving English Learners, please contact Tricia Kerr at Tricia.kerr@arkansas.gov or at 479-267-7450.

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