Thursday, November 20

Registration and Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am – 8:00 am

General Session:   Assessment 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Business Manager Strand 9:15 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions 9:15 am – 10:30 am

ALEAT Help Desk
Tee Lambert, ALEAT Help Desk and ESEA Monitoring Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education
Title I Program Specialists, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
The Session will help ALEAT users through the Continuous Improvement Plan and submitting Monitoring Instruments. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own computers. Title I Specialists will be available during this session for one-on-one technical assistance.

Presenter Information
Tee Lambert
has been with the Title I Unit of the Arizona Department of Education for over 10 years. Tee has worked with ALEAT from its inception in 2007 and mans the ALEAT Help Desk. Tee is also the ESEA Monitoring Coordinator, and works with the Arizona Committee of Practitioners as their clerk

Arizona’s Statewide Assessment Sample Items
Kevin Bruney, Coordinator of Assessment Support Materials, Arizona Department of Education
Brad Vasil, Coordinator of Assessment Support Materials, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Catalina Ballroom
Session Description
The Arizona Department of Education, with the help of Arizona educators, has created interactive, computer-based sample items for the new statewide assessment. Come and get a peek at how these technology enhanced items will be used to measure student understanding on the new statewide assessment. Plus, gain insight into how you can use these items in classrooms in your school.

Presenter Information
Kevin Bruney
is currently the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Title I and ESEA Consolidated Activities at the Arizona Department of Education. She is a former teacher and school administrator. Nancy currently is serving on the National Title I Association Board of Directors.

Comparability and Maintenance of Effort
Stephanie Washington, Educational Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Chris Brown, Title I Project Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon C
Session Description
This session will assist LEAs in the process of Comparability, where to submit the Assurance of Comparability and completing the Comparability Instrument found in ALEAT. There will also be a review of calculating MOE.

Presenter Information
Stephanie Washington
holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and has been with ADE since March 2011. In the past three years, she has managed a number of finance programs such as Comparability, MOE, State Tutoring, Teacher Loan Forgiveness as well as many others.

Grants Management – Beyond the New System
C. Todd Mason, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Grants Management Division, Arizona Department of Education
Lois Kruse, Grants Process Director, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon B
Session Description
Move beyond just a software system and help ADE serve grant programs more efficiently and effectively through new models of service

Presenter Information
Todd Mason
serves as the head of the Grants management Division at ADE. He has more than 12 years of experience with federal, state and local grant making processes.

Hit the Bullseye with Targeted Assistance
Jill Jeanes, Title I Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Stacey McAndrew, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
A detailed review of the required components of a Targeted Assisted program will be presented (i.e., delivery of service, fiscal application, ranking, eligibility, exit criteria, inventory list, etc.) Applicable resources to achieve a successful Title I program will also be provided.

Presenter Information
Ms. Jill Jeanes
was a K-6 School Librarian, second grade and kindergarten classroom teacher for 12 years. She holds an Early Childhood Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, and an ESL Endorsement. With ADE, she spent two years in OELAS and the past four years as a Title I Education Program Specialist.
Mrs. Stacey McAndrew was an elementary school teacher, Reading Specialist, private tutor, and Title I Coordinator over the course of 30 years. Currently, she works at the Arizona Department of Education as an Education Program Specialist, with Title I school districts and charter schools primarily in Yavapai and Maricopa counties.

The “What” and the “How” of Foundational Reading and Writing with Informational Text
Mary Wennersten, Director of K-5 Literacy, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Boardroom
Session Description
In support Move On When Reading, AZ READS, the ELP standards and the AZCCRS, this session will provide content knowledge for educators and evidenced based strategies that are necessary in developing reading skills, academic vocabulary and deep comprehension. These skills are important components of an effective comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers, competent writers and critical thinkers.

Presenter Information
Mary Wennersten, M.Ed.
is the Director of K-3 Literacy for the Arizona Department of Education with 27 years in public education. Mary has spent the last 10 years providing both technical assistance and professional development to administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals in the areas of assessment, literacy instruction and intervention, data analysis, coaching and instructional leadership.

Title I Life Line Sink, Swim, or Float
Terry L. Strayhand, Title I Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Title I Program Specialists, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Life Line for New Title I Staff – Come by for an informal question and answer session to receive a better understanding of the Title I process. Meet with a few of the Title I specialist to help clear up questions you may still have concerning the “How To’s “ of Title I.

Presenter Information
Mrs. Terry Strayhand, M.S.
was a teacher and administrator in the areas of special education and early childhood. Currently, she is an Education Specialist and Coordinator for New Title I Charter Schools at the Arizona Department of Education, where she works with school districts and charter schools regarding Title I and Schoolwide programs.

Breakout Sessions 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Arizona’s Statewide Assessment Sample Items
Kevin Bruney, Coordinator of Assessment Support Materials, Arizona Department of Education
Brad Vasil, Coordinator of Assessment Support Materials, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Catalina Ballroom
Session Description
The Arizona Department of Education, with the help of Arizona educators, has created interactive, computer-based sample items for the new statewide assessment. Come and get a peek at how these technology enhanced items will be used to measure student understanding on the new statewide assessment. Plus, gain insight into how you can use these items in classrooms in your school.

Presenter Information
Kevin Bruney
is currently the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Title I and ESEA Consolidated Activities at the Arizona Department of Education. She is a former teacher and school administrator. Nancy currently is serving on the National Title I Association Board of Directors.

Comparability and Maintenance of Effort
Stephanie Washington, Educational Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Chris Brown, Title I Project Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon B
Session Description
This session will assist LEAs in the process of Comparability, where to submit the Assurance of Comparability and completing the Comparability Instrument found in ALEAT. There will also be a review of calculating MOE.

Presenter Information
Stephanie Washington
holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and has been with ADE since March 2011. In the past three years, she has managed a number of finance programs such as Comparability, MOE, State Tutoring, Teacher Loan Forgiveness as well as many others.

Grants Management – Beyond the New System
C. Todd Mason, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Grants Management Division, Arizona Department of Education
Lois Kruse, Grants Process Director, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon C
Session Description
Move beyond just a software system and help ADE serve grant programs more efficiently and effectively through new models of service

Presenter Information
Todd Mason
serves as the head of the Grants management Division at ADE. He has more than 12 years of experience with federal, state and local grant making processes.

Moving From Targeted Assisted to Schoolwide Programs
Terry L. Strayhand, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Schools with Title I Targeted Assisted programs provide interventions solely for those students identified as most academically at-risk. Schools looking to transition to a Schoolwide program must plan for Comprehensive Schoolwide reform. As part of this transition, schools must review their entire academic program and research which Schoolwide reform model would best serve the needs of all the students in the school. Required components for program development will be reviewed.

Presenter Information
Mrs. Terry Strayhand, M.S.
was a teacher and administrator in the areas of special education and early childhood. Currently, she is an Education Specialist and Coordinator for New Title I Charter Schools at the Arizona Department of Education, where she works with school districts and charter schools regarding Title I and Schoolwide programs.

Raising Student Achievement for Students with Disabilities: Characteristics of Successful Districts
Melissa De Vries, ESS Director of State Initiatives, Arizona Department of Education
Oran Tkatchov, Director of Professional Learning and Sustainability, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Boardroom
Session Description
In support of Results Driven Accountability, The Arizona Department of Education examined three years of state testing data to identify districts and charter schools that demonstrated continual academic successes for students with disabilities. This session will discuss the trends found from qualitative data and compare Arizona’s finding with national research.

Presenter Information
Melissa De Vries, M.Ed.
is the Director of State Initiatives for ADE’s Exceptional Student Services. Melissa is a former teacher, administrator, author, and college instructor, with 26 years in public education.

Serving Eligible Students Attending Private Schools
Gary Fortney, Education Program Director, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
This workshop will focus on budgetary process and evaluation process of services to eligible students attending private schools.

Presenter Information
Gary Fortney
is an Education Program Director for the Title I office. In total, he has served in this capacity for over 17 years. In addition, he was an administrator of a charter school and private Christian school.

The Real World in Real Time: How Synchronous Collaboration and Task Redefinition are Changing the Game for Teachers
Javier Baca, I.T. Director, Sunnyside Unified School District
Frank McCormick, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Sunnyside Unified School District
Pam Betten, Director of Digital Learning, Sunnyside Unified School District
Session Location: Salon A
Session Description
Navigating through the maze of instructional technology options available to schools can be a daunting task. During our session, we will provide participants will a variety of implementation frameworks which our district helped to develop in order to manage a 17,000+ device digital learning initiative.

Presenter Information
Javier Baca
is the Director of Instructional Technology at the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson Arizona. He has presented at such national conferences as ISTE and the SXSW Education Expo and has been recognized as a leading innovator in the field of digital learning and technology integration.

Box Lunch to Go ~ 12:00 pm

Session descriptions will be posted daily.

Updated 10/31/2014