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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!

Outline of Agenda

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: August 15th, 2017

Revision and Realignment of the Arizona Early Learning Standards

The purpose of this work is to revise the Early Learning Standards and align the Standards with the revised Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, as well as Arizona’s K-12 Standards and the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines.

Participants in the revision and realignment group work 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 order to be considered to participate as member of the revision and realignment team please complete the Application for Consideration for Appointment and submit your application to the [email protected]. All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, September 22, 2017 by 5 pm.

Tentatively the initial revision and realignment meeting dates are scheduled for the following dates from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm:

Phase 1:

  • October 13, 2017
  • October 27, 2017
  • November 15, 2017

Phase 2:

  • December 13, 2017
  • January 19, 2018
  • February 2, 2018

Should you be chosen to be a part of the revision realignment team an invitation will be sent to you with the dates, times, and locations.

Application for Consideration for Appointment to the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards Revision and Realignment Team

Application for Consideration for Appointment to the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards Revision and Realignment (Word Document Version)

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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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Published: March 9th, 2017

2017 ECE Summer Conference: Registration Details & Conference Materials

Registration Information

Attendees are now able to register for the 2017 ADE Early Childhood Education Conference titled, “Framing the Work: Achieving Excellence in Early Childhood Education”. The conference will be held at the Westward Look in Tucson, Arizona from June 21-23, 2017. See below for more conference details and to register:

Register for the Conference

Conference Flyer 

The Westward Look in Tucson is located at 245 E. Ina Road, Tucson , AZ 85704. A block of rooms is available for $91.00/night during the conference. Please book by May 29, 2017 in order to receive this rate!

*Breakfast and lunch for all three days are included in the price of registration ($215)

Book Your Room

 

Conference Materials

Conference Schedule

Breakout Session Descriptions

Curriculum Fidelity

Strategies to Create a Culture of Safety

Early Math in Everyday Practice

Creativity Tapping into Learning Preferences

Alphabet Learning

Meet Up and Learn

Meet up and Learn Handout

Reading and the Brain

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