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Published: May 22nd, 2018

Summer Institute – Early Childhood Education Summer Summit

Description

The Arizona Department of Education’s Early Childhood Education Unit, in collaboration with the Arizona Head Start Collaboration Office, is hosting The Early Childhood Education Summit. The focus will be on developing strategies for achieving excellence in early learning (birth to 3rd grade) through gathering, reflecting, and analyzing information. There will be session tracks centered on formative assessment, leadership, early learning and the brain, early childhood updates, and the Arizona Early Learning Standards. Our goal is to support the work of administrators and teachers in their effort to make high-quality educational opportunities available to all students and to improve student outcomes.

Details

Location: The Wigwam, 300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

June 20, 2018 : 8am-9am (Breakfast and registration), 9am-5pm (Sessions w/1 hour lunch)

June 21, 2018 : 8am-9am (Breakfast and registration), 9am-4:30pm (Sessions w/1 hour lunch)

June 22, 2018 : 7:30am-8:30am (Breakfast and registration), 8:30am-12:15pm (Sessions w/Grab-and-go lunch)*

*Task Force Meeting 12:15pm-3:15pm following the conference

Registration: https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sd=5369

Flyer

Cost: $220 (Includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks for all 3 days)

Exhibitors/Vendors

Exhibitor space is limited to 10 exhibitors.  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and approved at the discretion of Arizona Department of Education.  When the exhibit space has been filled, exhibitor(s) will be put on a waiting list should there be any openings after the registration deadline passed. The deadline to submit your application is June 11, 2018.

For applications, please contact Lauren Zbyszinski, 602-542-1102, [email protected]

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Published: February 22nd, 2018

Early Learning and the Brain Summit: April 18, 2018

Early Learning & the Brain Summit

Wednesday April 18, 2018

Glendale Civic Center

5750 W Glenn  Dr.  Glendale, AZ 85301

9am-5pm (Registration and breakfast start at 8 am)

Cost: $85

(includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack)

Through a keynote speech, breakout sessions, and meaningful discourse, this summit will explore the science of how we learn, incorporating the latest research on improving instruction, motivation and mindsets, designing thinking, hands-on exploration, active learning, effective feedback and more.

The Early Learning & the Brain Summit will be welcoming Erika Christakis (author of The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups). 

Register Using the Link Below!

https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sd=5320

Hotel Suggestions:

Staybridge Suites (4.8 miles west of Glendale civic center): https://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/glendale/phxgz/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-SB-_-USA-_-PHXGZ

 SpringHill Suites by Marriott (also 4.8 miles west of Glendale Civic Center) http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxgl-springhill-suites-phoenix-glendale-sports-and-entertainment-district/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center (6.3 miles north of the civic center) http://www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/default-en.html

Exhibitors:

Exhibitor space is limited to 10 exhibitors.  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and approved at the discretion of Arizona Department of Education.  When the exhibit space has been filled, exhibitor(s) will be put on a waiting list should there be any openings after the registration deadline passed. The deadline to submit your application is March 20, 2018.

Call for Exhibitors

Exhibitor Application, Rules and Regulations

 

Summit Materials

Schedule

Presentations

The What, When, and How of Playfully Building Executive Functions by Dr. Billie Enz and Dr. Jill Stamm

Girl Brain, Boy Brain by Neil Tift

Adverse Childhood Experiences by Neil Tift

Executive Function and Autism by Suzanne Perry and Lisa Kunz

Tools and Strategies to Support Executive Function by Mitch Galbraith and Janet Fukuda

Creative Mindsets and Approaches: Learning from Successful, Creative Teachers by Danah Henriksen – Unavailable

Creativity by design in the classroom by Punya Mishra and Danah Henriksen – Unavailable

Supporting Rigorous and Appropriate Practices Kindergarten and Beyond by Vincent Costanza – Unavailable

Reflective Teaching Incorporating  the Formative Assessment Process by Christopher Lawrence – Unavailable

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Published: February 6th, 2018

Revision and Alignment of the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines

 

The Early Childhood Education section of the Arizona Department of Education will be commencing the revision of the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines.

The purpose of this work is to revise the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines. With the recent revisions to the Arizona’s Early Learning Standards, the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, and Arizona’s K-12 Standards, it is necessary to update and revise the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines. These revisions will reflect current research and knowledge as it pertains to infant/toddler development.

Participants in the revision work groups must commit to reviewing current research and best practice as provided by the leaders of the work-group, participate in on-site meetings as well as possible intermittent committee work by phone and be able to read and edit for content and common vision.

In an effort to establish a team reflective of the early childhood field and the geographic differences in our state, we ask that all individuals interested in being considered for participation in the work fill out the online application using the following link: http://bit.ly/2lRlctK

A series of day-long meetings in the Phoenix area have been established for the initial work. Additional statewide stakeholder groups and comment periods may follow.

Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • April 6, 2018
  • April 27, 2018
  • May 11, 2018
  • May 23, 2018
  • June 15,2018
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Published: December 12th, 2017

Early Childhood Special Education Summit: February 15-16, 2018

Designing and Delivering: Building Programs for All

The Early Childhood Special Education Summit is in its third year of sharing professional development led by practitioners from around our state. We continue to highlight the systems and strategies that quality programs embrace to achieve positive outcomes for all their young children. Although the focus is on special education there will be useful information for all with strategies to keep us engaged!

Our first keynote is a fun and lively presentation by Jim Gill, award winning musician and child development specialist, who will share his message on the importance of play and language development through music.  Get your dancing shoes ready…this is a blend of active participation and useful information!

The Summit will also include keynote and breakout presentations from Professor Emeritus, Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil, whose information about special education can help us design effective and efficient delivery systems of specially designed instruction. Her book entitled, A Guide to Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services, will be available for purchase (and included in the raffle of door prizes).

The Summit includes sessions from several partnering organizations, service providers, teachers, therapists, and coaches whose transformative practices and leadership are keys to success in our early childhood community.

This year we will also have a vendor area so you can learn about ongoing important initiatives as well as purchase classroom items.

We hope you will join us!

**Please note: Checks, purchase orders, and internal transfers are only accepted up until 3 days of an event. These methods of payment must be verified as a valid form of payment within 3 days or the registration will be cancelled and registrants must re-register. Once you are within 3 days of the event the only method of payment that will be accepted is a credit card. 

 Purchase Orders can be issued to: Arizona Department of Education, 1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin #1 (Accounting), Phoenix, AZ 85007**

Date : 15th & 16th February 2018 Time : 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Venue : Black Canyon Conference Center Phoenix, AZ Keynote Topics: Campaign for Play—Music an d Movement Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Ser vices To register: https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sd=4956

Register now!

Agenda and Presentations

Presenter Proposal Application

 

Exhibitors:

Exhibitor space is limited to 10 exhibitors.  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and approved at the discretion of Arizona Department of Education.  When the exhibit space has been filled, exhibitor(s) will be put on a waiting list should there be any openings after the registration deadline passed. The deadline to submit your application is January 18, 2018.

Call for Exhibitors 
Exhibitor Application, Rules, and Regulations

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Published: November 14th, 2017

2017 Family Engagement Summit: December 8-9, 2017

The Arizona Department of Education announces our first Family Engagement Summit. The summit will take place at the Black Canyon Conference Center Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9, 2017. The two day summit will be open to all early childhood educators as well as families. The overall focus of the summit will be on high quality family engagement strategies. Our goal is to support programs and families in forming strong partnerships that will improve outcomes for Arizona’s children. Sessions are applicable to both practitioners and families, and will cover topics detailed below:

High Quality Family Engagement Strategies

  • Building trusting relationships with families
  • Recognizing families as the child’s first and most important teacher
  • Strength-based model
  • Effectively engaging families
  • Building partnerships
  • Father/Male involvement

What: Family Engagement Summit 
When: December 8 – 9, 2017 8:00 am—4:30 pm 
Where: Black Canyon Conference Center 
9440 N 25th Ave., 
Phoenix, AZ 85021 
Cost: $170 
To register:  https://ems.azed.gov/Home/Calendar?sd=4743

Family Engagement Summit Information

Family Engagement Summit Agenda

Exhibitors:

Exhibitor space is limited to 10 exhibitors.  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and approved at the discretion of Arizona Department of Education.  When the exhibit space has been filled, exhibitor(s) will be put on a waiting list should there be any openings after the registration deadline passed. The deadline to submit your application is November 17th, 2017.

Call for Exhibitors 
Exhibitor Application, Rules, and Regulations

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Published: November 9th, 2017

Early Childhood Photo Submissions Due February 8, 2018

Dear Early Childhood Educators (Birth─3rd Grade) and Early Childhood Programs,

IT’S PICTURE TIME! Does your program offer high quality, developmentally appropriate, and culturally and linguistically responsive early childhood experiences where children and their caregivers are deeply engaged in learning? ADE ECE invites you and your program to submit photos for use in the Arizona Early Learning Standards and other ADE early childhood purposes. We are seeking photos that represent our diverse children, families, and educators statewide: High Quality Inclusive Early Learning across ArizonaIn Arizona, a high quality preschool program means an early learning program that fully implements to a significant degree the Program Guidelines for High Quality (PGHQ) and quality improvement tools aligned with the statewide quality rating and improvement system Quality First: www.qualityfirstaz.com.

 The top 2 exemplary submissions will each receive 1 complimentary registration each to the ADE ECE Summer Institute June 20-22, 2018. Award recipients will be contacted by March 5, 2018 and should plan to attend this conference at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix. Completed submissions are due via email by December 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. Extended Deadline: February 8, 2018. We look forward to seeing High Quality, Inclusive Early Learning across Arizona. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: [email protected] or 602-364-1530.

 

Photo Submission Letter

Photo Submission Rubric

Photo Release/Permission Form

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Published: September 22nd, 2017

2018 IDEA Preschool Allocations

FY 2018 IDEA Preschool allocations are pending final approval of the data sources by the Exceptional Students Services Unit. We anticipate that the grant will be available by the end of September. Original submission deadline will be February 16, 2018.

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Published: July 13th, 2017

Introducing My TeachingStrategies™

Teaching Strategies® GOLD™ Users,

MyTeachingStrategies will soon be your new single entry point for accessing GOLD®; bringing together the digital classroom tools, resources, and support that you regularly need throughout your day onto one user-friendly platform. Most GOLD® accounts will upgrade to the new MyTeachingStrategies platform on the first day of your Fall 2017-2018 Checkpoint (upgrade dates may vary by location). Teachers can seamlessly interact with five key areas that support high-quality teaching practice and make navigating between digital classroom tools and resources easy and intuitive:

Letter to the field

Click Information for Teachers and Administrators to access free resources to ensure your GOLD® account is ready for the upgrade to MyTeachingStrategies.

Source: https://teachingstrategies.com/myteachingstrategies/

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Published: July 10th, 2017

Be Safe Certification Training – November 3-4, 2017

Autism Speaks, Autism Society of America and SARRC are excited to bring the BE SAFE Certification training to Arizona.  What is BE SAFE and why do the training?

This interactive workshop empowers you with the tools to address the safety needs of teens and adults with ASD. Participants view the BE SAFE The Movie, a video modeling tool that helps prepare students for a safe and independent life. The curriculum will be explored in depth, including games, activities, resources and goals for transition.  Trainees will be prepared to make a difference in the life of every teen and adult with ASD and receive a certificate of course completion. Visit the Information and Registration link for more information and registration.

 

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Published: May 8th, 2017

2017-18 P.L.A.Y. Dates!

September 28, 2017 – Mesa Public Schools
November 30, 2017 – Coolidge
February 22, 2018 – Cave Creek
April 26, 2018 – Chandler

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