Tuesday

Directors Institute
Opening the Door to the Common Core
August 26-28, 2013


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Tuesday, August 27 – Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, August 27

7:30 – 8:15  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30  Welcome – Angela Denning

8:30 – 9:45  Keynote:  “Motivating Students for the Common Core:  Batteries are NOT Included!!”  – Rick Lavoie

This session will explore the importance of student motivation in the 21st century classroom. Because of the virtual explosion of new knowledge in every field and profession, today’s students must be prepared to be motivated life-long learners.

In order to foster and enhance student motivation, teachers must embrace an important paradigm: It is the teacher’s responsibility to motivate students…kids simply do not come with “batteries included”. When a teacher complains that a child is “unmotivated”, this is a reflection upon the student AND the teacher.

The Keynote will explain why our traditional motivational strategies (e.g., punishment, reward systems, competition, etc.) are largely ineffective, particularly for students who struggle academically.

Handouts:  September Thoughts and Fairness

9:45 – 10:00  Break

10:00 – 11:30  Breakout Sessions

Lorrie Sheehy, Program Specialist PSO Initiatives – ADE/ESS; Jane Soukup, The University of Kansas; Jan Cawthorne, Executive Director of Special Education – Mesa Public Schools; and Darleen Sithole, Assistant Director of Exceptional Education – Tucson Unified School District
Data obtained from the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey at both the state and local level is a valuable tool when used in conjunction with research-based predictors of post school success. This interactive session will discuss results of the 2012 PSO Survey drilling down to results of subgroups, including category of disability, ethnicity, gender, and method of exit. A PEA panel will discuss how local PSO results are being used in their districts to improve the transition planning process and services provided. Predictors of post school success will also be highlighted. Handout: PowerPoint
Elizabeth Danielson
The session will present an overview of evaluation issues and describe the system created for evaluating school psychologists in the Mesa Public Schools. The evaluation criteria were developed to parallel the Charlotte Danielson teacher evaluation system and in keeping with the NASP Standards for Professional Practice. Opportunity for participant discussion provided. Handout: PowerPoint
Kathy Coloma
An updated version of the Help for Early Learning Professionals (HELP) manual was released in February of 2013. Come and see the new HELP manual and get an overview of the technical assistance it provides. Each participant will receive a copy of the HELP manual (also provided on our website) and hear about what content will be provided in upcoming HELP conferences in the 2013–2014 school year! Come join us and pick up your very own copy!
Suzi Mast and Debbie Gordon
In this session participants explore the routines and questions that assist students in making sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Participants discover connections across multiple disciplines. Participants will experience perseverance in problem solving and view classroom vignettes that model math talks and the structures/routines that guide communication in a mathematics classroom. Handout: PowerPoint and Handout
Janet Holt and Michael Remus
This session is for new directors or even seasoned ones who want a refresher or any one else dealing with special education finance. M and O? I thought it was O and M for orientation and mobility. Proportionate Share? I thought is was passion for sharing. MOE? Is this memorandum of understanding? If so, why is there an E at the end? Many of these questions will be answered in this session. We will cover where does the money come from to run special education, budgets and chart of accounts, how to work with other departments and tips for sharing a solid budget. The goal is to keep you out of hot water or the red and stay in the green or (black). Handout: PowerPoint
Amanda Allen and Eric Edge
This session will provide a detailed overview of the requirements set forth by state and federal regulations related to the voucher process. Participants will learn the responsibilities to our students of the state placing agency, the home school district, and the residential treatment center or institutional setting. Topics include determining the home school district, placement by a state placing agency or by the IEP process, helpful tools, and contact information to promote collaboration between the invested agencies. Handout: PowerPoint
Art Cernosia
Stay abreast of the latest changes in special education law in this session which will provide an overview and analysis of the significant legal developments in the last year. The session will cover new federal regulations, judicial decisions and U.S. Department of Education policy statements addressing the IDEA. Handout: Resource
Terry Scott
This session will present a logic for being purposeful and proactive in considering management of behaviors in the classroom setting. Strategies presented will be teacher-focused and examples will demonstrate use in the context of typical instructional contexts. Handout: PowerPoint
Angela Denning
We all know that IDEA requires a strong emphasis on procedural compliance for both our state and our schools. But isn’t it equally important to positively impact student learning outcomes? How can these two areas be combined to determine a state’s overall performance? Arizona’s participation in OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability (RDA) will guide how we move to a balanced approach to support program effectiveness in special education. Come hear what this will look like based on our state’s unique strengths, challenges, and needs.
Sandra Laine
Participants will become acquainted with a variety of ACCS resources available on the ADE website and beyond. Resources for special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators and parents will be identified and discussed. Handout: PowerPoint

11:30 – 12:45 LUNCH

12:45 – 2:15 Breakout Sessions

Sarah Galetti and Kimlee Buttacavoli-Grant
During the session, participants will be able to explore the newly revised ACCS Educator Toolbox. Resources will be viewed and explained to the participants. A tour of the various resources from lessons, units, curriculum resources, training information, web links, etc. will be explored. Participants will leave feeling confident that they have full access to the free resources that will help them implement ACCS in English Language Arts and Mathematics more effectively.  Handouts: K-12 EQuIP MATH Rubric, K-2 EQuIP ELA Rubric, 3-12 EQuIP ELA Rubric, 7 Step Guide-Text Dependent Questions, 4th Grade ACCS Lesson, Close Reading Routines, Curriculum Guidelines, and Text Complexity Worksheet
Terry Scott
Research has identified specific teacher behaviors that are associated with increased rates of student engagement and decreased rates of disruption. This session will describe these basic components of effective instruction and demonstrate how schools can monitor, coach, and improve the use of these components. Handout: PowerPoint
Millie Archer
The new Early Learning Standards as they align with the Common Core Standards tell teachers the WHAT of teaching, not HOW teachers should teach. The success of children will depend on HOW their teachers are teaching. For instance, the use of play with young children is not specified by the standards, but it is welcome as a strategy to help young learners meet the expectations in the document. This session will help early childhood educators know they have the autonomy to choose which teaching strategies they will employ and that it is essential to understand and demonstrate effective teaching strategies and developmental supports. Participants will further learn the value of supplemental, ongoing support with explicit coaching or other in-person feedback. This session will address, specifically, the Early Childhood unit’s Instructional Support professional development strand and the way it links to universal design for learning.  Handout:  PowerPoint and PDF
Annie Gilbert
Participants will be given an overview of FreeThrows, the Department’s own adaptive web based math fluency game, and participate in a demonstration of the game. Alignment to common core math fluency standards and strategies to motivate students and use data from the game to improve math outcomes will also be discussed.  Handouts: Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, and Handout 4
Eric Edge and Amanda Allen
Shari Bayomi, Prescott Unified School District; and Velma Spencer, Window Rock Unified School District

The session will provide information about how various school districts have designed and implemented their in-house programs for students with emotional disabilities in ED-P placements. Various perspectives will be presented—from that of a rural school district and a school district from the four corners area. A presentation of each program will be followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. Handouts: ADE PowerPoint, Prescott PowerPoint, and Window Rock PowerPoint
Rick Lavoie
This session will explore and explain a body of research conducted by toy manufacturers and other professions who “market” to children. Although the research was created to sell music, clothes and video games to children, it has tremendous implications for the teacher in the classroom. The studies clearly show that “one size does not fit all” when attempting to motivate and inspire children….individualized motivational strategies must be used.The workshop will teach attendees how to determine a student’s motivational drives and create effective strategies to enable students to reach their fullest potential.
Janet Holt and Michael Remus
OMG!!! Are you telling me I have to present an entire budget to the cabinet or to the board? They never said I had to do this in school. I didn’t major in accounting. This session will give strategies to put a grand budget presentation together and topics that should be included to get you the monies you need. You are going to look like a real winner and have your ducks in a row as they will be calling you the queen or king of finance in the district. Other areas to be covered are working with other departments to get the most money out of them as you are the well and looking at creative funding sources most people don’t consider. We all know money does not fall from a tree but we can sure shake a few to find monies. Handout: PowerPoint
Art Cernosia
Stay abreast of the latest changes in special education law in this session which will provide an overview and analysis of the significant legal developments in the last year. The session will cover new federal regulations, judicial decisions and U.S. Department of Education policy statements addressing the IDEA. Handout: Resource
Nora Ramirez
The amount of resources available for implementation of the CCSS is abundant and the degree of quality varies. This session will highlight useful resources that enable teachers to understand and implement the standards at the intended depth. In addition, examples of PARCC assessment items will be shared and discussed. Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout 1, and Handout 2

2:15 – 2:30  BREAK

2:30 – 4:00 Breakout Sessions

William Koehler
The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, in collaboration with local school districts, charter schools and BIE schools can offer the full continuum of services for students. This session will present the unique ways Arizona schools can work together to meet the needs of this low incidence group of students. Question and answer period will be included.
Jeffrey Studer and William McQueary
The presenters will facilitate a conversation about Indicator 13 (secondary transition IEP requirements), focusing on monitoring requirements and best practices. Participants will be introduced to the differences between the transition compliance requirements of monitoring (bricks) and the secondary transition best practices (mortar) to enhance the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) in secondary transition. Handout: PowerPoint
Terry Scott
This session will provide an overview of school-wide system of support for behavior and will include a step-by-step implementation plan for schools. The focus will be on developing systems of adult behavior to change student behavior. Handout: PowerPoint
Millie Archer
The new Early Learning Standards as they align with the Common Core Standards tell teachers the WHAT of teaching, not HOW teachers should teach. The success of children will depend on HOW their teachers are teaching. For instance, the use of play with young children is not specified by the standards, but it is welcome as a strategy to help young learners meet the expectations in the document. This session will help early childhood educators know they have the autonomy to choose which teaching strategies they will employ and that it is essential to understand and demonstrate effective teaching strategies and developmental supports. Participants will further learn the value of supplemental, ongoing support with explicit coaching or other in-person feedback. This session will address, specifically, the Early Childhood unit’s Instructional Support professional development strand and the way it links to universal design for learning. Handout: PowerPoint and PDF>
Annie Gilbert
Participants will be given an overview of FreeThrows, the Department’s own adaptive web based math fluency game, and participate in a demonstration of the game. Alignment to common core math fluency standards and strategies to motivate students and use data from the game to improve math outcomes will also be discussed. Handouts: Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, and Handout 4
Lisa Aaroe and Gerry Corcoran
With the high attrition rate of personnel in special education, recruitment into this field is more critical now than ever before. In this session, you will learn about initiatives that the Arizona Department of Education has in place to recruit quality personnel into the field of special education including Future Educators Association (FEA) and technical assistance efforts. Handout: PowerPoint
Art Cernosia
This session, a favorite from past Directors’ Institutes, will be an open question and answer forum giving participants an opportunity to present their questions and comments concerning topics involving the legal requirements in educating students with disabilities.
Nora Ramirez
The amount of resources available for implementation of the CCSS is abundant and the degree of quality varies. This session will highlight useful resources that enable teachers to understand and implement the standards at the intended depth. In addition, examples of PARCC assessment items will be shared and discussed.Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout 1, and Handout 2
Kathy Gray-Mangerson and Vicky Rozich
School personnel will learn techniques that will help them increase their parental involvement in any type of meeting where parents need to be engaged. They will also receive information about how to resolve the conflict as well as restore the relationships after a team has experienced conflict. Handout: PowerPoint
Suzanne Perry and Diane McCormick
Directors will become aware of the five “I”s of Autism: Incidence, Identification, Instruction, Inclusion and Independence. They will be able to prioritize their district’s needs for action in each of the areas, and leave with easy-to-access resources (free and inexpensive) that can be used for all staff working with students with Autism. Handouts: PowerPoint, Rubric, and Handout