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There is no “certification” for ARI. Participants who attend either of our three-day professional development sessions – Foundations for Beginning Reading or Strategic Teaching: Literacy Across All Contents – will receive a certificate stating that they have received 18 hours of professional development. This document does not certify any knowledge or skill attainment but rather verifies that the participant has been present for 18 clock hours. These PD sessions are offered each summer through the Regional Inservice Centers.
General3/15/2017 11:46 AMHow can I become ARI “certified”?
The ARI is not a program, but an ongoing professional development opportunity for a school faculty. It is a research-based extensive teacher-training program to show teachers how to achieve high levels of literacy for all of their students. ARI professional development empowers teachers with the content knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to be successful with all students, especially those that challenge them the most – struggling readers.
General3/15/2017 11:46 AMWhat sets ARI apart from other reading programs?
Looking at the data, based on the 3rd grade reading scores, it was determined that adjustments were needed to make sure the ARI is running at peak efficiency and is reaching the students who need support the most first. Therefore ARI resources will be concentrated in K-3.
General12/13/2018 7:44 AMHow do we address the literacy deficiencies and needs of students beyond grade 3?
No, the ARI targets reading achievement of Alabama students on three fronts: beginning reading, expanding reading power, and effective intervention.
General3/15/2017 11:46 AMDoes the ARI only target struggling readers?
The eleven regional in-service centers located throughout the state periodically offer professional development for new hires and additional abbreviated sessions on the various ARI modules. Check with your local in-service center or contact ARI at the number listed under "Contact Us" on the ALSDE ARI webpage.
General3/15/2017 11:46 AMIs any ARI training available for individual teachers who are new to an ARI school?
It is an LEA decision. Anyone (preferably the teachers) can administer DIBELS, but it is highly recommended that all who administer the DIBELS review the DIBELS rules and procedures so that there is consistency.
General12/13/2018 7:45 AMWhat is the recommendation for DIBELS administration? Who will administer it in K-2?
As of the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, all elementary schools had received ARI training and were considered ARI schools. Each of these elementary schools, as well as 13 secondary schools, received funding to hire a reading/literacy coach. Various secondary schools have also received training and are considered ARI schools although they do not receive funding for a school coach. In 2011, there were over 920 ARI schools in the state. Currently, ARI state and regional staff serve all schools upon request whether or not they have been considered ARI schools.
General3/15/2017 11:46 AMHow many schools are currently ARI sites? Where are they located?
The first responsibility of the reading specialist is to coach teachers in classrooms each day during reading instruction to ensure that all K-3 students are reading on or above grade level. Also, according to the ARI-Funded School Reading Specialist Job Description, Reading Specialists must “work with at least one group of struggling readers so that reading goals are achieved”.
General12/13/2018 7:46 AMMost coaching models do not include working with struggling students.  Please share the expectations for the amount of time to be allocated to intervention.
As part of the faculty, coaches are expected to share the same general school duties as all other teachers.
General12/13/2018 7:46 AMWhat does "participating as a fully functioning member of the school staff daily so that teacher capacity is built and efficacy is achieved" mean?
According to the MOA, if the EMPLOYEE is terminated as ARI Regional Staff, the EMPLOYEE may return to employment with the LEA. However, neither the EMPLOYEE's status nor the terms and conditions of his or her employment by the LEA-including the length of any annual term of appointment by the LEA- will be expanded, extended, or otherwise modified by virtue of the EMPLOYEE's previous assignment to the ARI program.
General12/13/2018 7:46 AMIf we have loaned the state an ARI person and they are funded at 12 month, will they be 9 month when they return to our district and do they have to be placed as an ARI coach?

Budget cuts in the Alabama Reading Initiative have caused officials to renew their focus on making sure that the ARI is being administered efficiently and is having an impact in the areas where it is needed most. The renewed focus on K-3 reading will streamline support to allow for local reading coaches at Tier II schools.  Important elements such as providing professional development for foundational reading, dyslexia, and other resources for educators remain intact.

General12/13/2018 7:43 AMCan you provide a reason behind the decision to go back to a K-3 structure?