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SWAEC Teacher Center

The Teacher Center of the Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative was established in 1984 to nurture and assist area teachers in three primary areas:

   Developing quality instructional classroom materials
   Professional Development
   Dissemination of media and media services

It was the task of the Teacher Center Coordinator and the Teacher Center Advisory Committee to plan and develop a center that would serve all K-12 teachers in these critical areas.

As the Teacher Center has evolved, so have the services. Teachers can call or email the Teacher Center at any time and receive assistance on a project, place an order for Ellison Cutouts, or to have instructional materials printed and delivered directly to their school. Four sets of Ellison dies and cutters rotate the year to all buildings through the delivery system. The staff of the Teacher Center provides one-on-one assistance to classroom teachers daily. Our doors are open to schools, daycare facilities, and the community to work on projects that benefit children.

The Teacher Center Advisory Committee continues to be instrumental in the development  and success of the Teacher Center. It is by their recommendation that new avenues of assistance are implemented to better assist teachers. Assistance is provided through:

   Instructional Packets                                     
   Idea and Theme Books                                                 
   Technical Assistance                                      
   Sale of Teacher Materials/Supplies         
   Poster Making                                                  
   Ellison Cutters and Dies
   Laminating Services       
   Printing (policy manuals, report cards)
   Bulletin Board Ideas and materials
   Curriculum Materials

A variety of programs are administered through the Teacher Center and the office of the Teacher Center Coordinator. Please read on to learn more about the range of services provided to teachers and schools in the Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative.

Ellison Cutting System:

The Teacher Center of the Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative has one of the most extensive collections of Ellison Dies and Cutters in this part of the state. The Ellison Cutters and Dies allow teachers to use their creativity to enrich the education of students while saving time and producing a consistent product for the classroom use. Materials and supplies are available at the Co-op to make it easier for teachers to use the equipment in a timely, cost effective method. Teachers may call of send an order form to place an order. Many teachers enjoy coming to the Teacher Center to use the cutters and plan bulletin boards to develop instructional materials.

Examples of die sets:

Animal 63 Ocean 22
Food 26 Letter Sets 17
Number Sets 8 Science 37
Weather 15 Bookmarks 19
Bird 21 Flowers 14
Transportation 12 Math 114


The total collection includes:

9 standard cutters 4 travel sets (58 dies each)
3 Extra Large Cutters 170 Extra Large Dies
1162 Large Dies 20 Border Dies

View a full list of dies here!

    Supplies Include:
        Pop-Up Sponge
        Adhesive Magnet Sheets
        Static Cling Vinyl
        Poly Foam Sheets
        Decorative Scissors
        Magnetic Sheets

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