|State of Arizona
Department of Education
Office of Community Outreach
|August 31, 2017|
I would like to formally introduce the Arizona Department of Education’s Foster Care Education Coordinator, Joey Taylor. Joey comes to the ADE with a diverse background from both the foster care and education realm. He will serve as the State level Point of Contact to fulfill the requirements laid out in the Elementary Secondary Education Act as reinstated by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Joey will serve as a great resource to the LEAs pertaining to all things foster care related, will help the LEAs and child welfare agencies collaborate for the purpose of school stability for children in foster care, and advocate heavily for the best outcomes for this population of students.
With the new school year underway, ADE has put out an ESSA Foster Care 101 to help you navigate & implement the changes laid out in ESSA pertaining to foster care students. You can find this training at www.azed.gov/fostercare under Training. ADE has also made a public information poster* highlighting some of the ESSA foster care provisions. Each LEA may hang this poster next to their McKinney-Vento public information posters (*note, this poster is not mandated, but may prod students in foster care to self-identify, which would help the LEA identify this population).
Along with the foster care provisions being added to the statement of assurances in the ESEA Consolidated Grant (which includes Title I funds), there is an instrument added to each LEAs homepage in ALEAT. It is the ‘Transportation Plan for Children in Foster Care (Foster Plan)’. Each LEA will have to upload a Transportation Plan to Ensure School Stability for Students in Foster Care. In the resources tab, there is a guidance document, sample template, plus additional resources. The aforementioned plans are due on Oct. 1st, 2017.
The Department of Child Safety has designated regional Points of Contact for the purposes of collaboration regarding the assurance of school stability and the implementation of transportation plans for children in foster care to their school of origin. These Points of Contact are listed below, on the website, and in the training.
* State level POC: Beverlee Kroll, [email protected]
* The 5 CWA Regional POCs are:
* Southwest Region (Yuma, La Paz and Western Maricopa Counties): Chanetta Curtis, [email protected]
* Central Region (Eastern Maricopa and Pinal Counties): Patti Wenzel, [email protected]
* Pima Region (Pima County): Rosemary Munoz, [email protected]
* Southeast Region (Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Gila counties): Sharon Travis, [email protected]
For any additional support/resources/training/etc feel free to contact Joey Taylor. His contact information is below.
Arizona Department of Education
Foster Care Education Coordinator
ESSA Foster Care POC
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #2
Phoenix, AZ, 85007
Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!
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