Wednesday

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


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Wednesday, August 28 – Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, August 28

7:30 – 8:15 Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 Welcome – Oran Tkatchov

8:30 – 10:00 Breakout Sessions

Audra Ahumada and Sheila Wells-Moreaux
This session will cover AIMS A in its final year of use, which includes the continuation of the alternate assessment in the content area of science. Handout: PowerPoint
Amy Corriveau
In this session, the presenter will describe the process of creating a progress-monitoring system in early childhood at the state, district, and classroom levels. Attendees will have an opportunity to assemble key elements of progress monitoring and practice coaching strategies to build a system by means of large and small group discussions and activities. Leaders at all levels of early childhood programs are responsible for establishing systems that help staff reach program objectives, foremost of which is improving developmental and educational outcomes for young children. An effective progress-monitoring system in which everyone understands the purpose, the process, and the individual roles and which yields quality data can have significant and positive outcomes. Attendees will have an opportunity to analyze and critique samples of child observation notes and portfolios and understand why  establishing a clearly defined system of progress monitoring and assessment is essential to ensuring that teachers shift their focus from data compliance to data quality. Handout: PowerPoint
Lisa Aaroe and Christopher Tiffany
This session will discuss common concerns and questions shared among parents who have children with disabilities with regard to the Common Core Standards.
Buckeye Elementary School District
Interested in Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and not sure where to start? Buckeye Elementary School District PBIS team members will present an overview of PBIS and discuss the benefits of having a district team. A framework will be provided for creating a district team that ensures implementation and sustainability. Handout: PowerPoint

Bryan Davey and Donald Stenhoff

  • Define key behavioral concepts
  • Describe a function-based approach to behavior support
  • Define functional behavioral assessment
  • Describe the functional behavioral assessment process
  • Describe how an FBA is used to develop behavior intervention plans that consider the factors that occasion and maintain the occurrence of problem behavior

Handout: PowerPoint

Alissa Trollinger, William McQueary, and Vicky Rozich
Members of the Arizona Graduation Workgroup will provide an overview of two newly developed guidance documents related to graduation for students with disabilities. These documents are intended to clarify Arizona’s graduation requirements, their interplay with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and how graduation requirements impact students with disabilities.
Connie Hill
An overview of the ADE Grants Management system, federal IDEA (special education) entitlement. and supplemental grants available to Arizona public education agencies (PEAs) will be discussed. This presentation will also provide guidance on the intended uses of IDEA funds, applicant reporting requirements, and the obligations of a PEA for annual maintenance of effort. Handout: PowerPoint
Cindy Daniels
In May of 2010, A.R.S. 15-701 – Move On When Reading, was passed.  This legislation requires schools to retain 3rd grade students who attain a “falls far below” designation on the 3rd grade state reading assessment. This session will review important components of the “Literacy Plans” that produce an effective reading instruction designed to develop proficient readers, competent writers and critical thinkers.  HandoutPowerPoint
Nicole Armstrong, Shelli Elledge, and Peggy Staples
Does the submission of data to SAIS (Student Accountability Information System) seem overwhelming? SAIS data submissions can be challenging for new data managers and even those that are experienced and may need a refresher. This session will be a “lifebuoy” extended to public education agencies (PEAs) as the ESS Data Management team gives an overview of the special education participation data submission process. Handout: PowerPoint
Mary Wennersten
This session will review the Arizona Common Core ELA Standards focusing on the “foundational reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as language standards”. These standards support A.R.S. 15-701 – Move On When Reading legislation. Participants will have an understanding on what instruction should look like to develop proficient readers, competent writers and critical thinkers. Handout: PowerPoint

10:00 – 10:15 BREAK

10:15 – 11:45 Breakout Sessions

Mary Keeney and Kathy Coloma
A model preschool classroom will exhibit and showcase a quality preschool learning environment with adaptations to meet the needs of many diverse early learners. Come to play and explore preschool!! Handouts: PowerPoint and AT – Preschool Considerations
Mary Wennersten
The Arizona Common Core Standard 9 (K-3) stresses the importance of the writing-reading connection by requiring students to draw upon and write about evidence from literary and informational texts. This session will provide examples of routines for literary, informational and persuasive writing for struggling writers (K-5). Handouts: PowerPoint, Text Structure Appendix, and Text Structure 6-12

Bryan Davey and Donald Stenhoff

  • Define key behavioral concepts
  • Describe a function-based approach to behavior support
  • Define functional behavioral assessment
  • Describe the functional behavioral assessment process
  • Describe how an FBA is used to develop behavior intervention plans that consider the factors that occasion and maintain the occurrence of problem behavior

Handout: PowerPoint – Handout covers Part I and Part II

Connie Hill
An overview of the ADE Grants Management system and federal IDEA (special education) entitlement and supplemental grants available to Arizona public education agencies (PEAs) will be discussed. This presentation will also provide guidance on the intended uses of IDEA funds, applicant reporting requirements, and the obligations of a PEA for annual maintenance of effort. Handout: PowerPoint
Crystal Brooks
The CCSS provides opportunities for teachers and SLPs to combine their expertise and create high-quality instruction. Collaborative efforts for the CCSS can occur across settings, and are compatible with RTI and other service delivery models. Learn how the SLP can work with teachers to implement the standards and assist with differentiated instruction. Handout: PowerPoint
Lisa Aaroe
Certification changes for special education teachers are dependent upon needs, research findings, and best practices. This session will focus on current certification changes and proposals being made to Arizona’s certification requirements in the area of special education. There will be time allotted for questions and answers.
Kathy Gray-Mangerson and Vicky Rozich
School personnel will learn techniques that will help them increase their parental involvement in any type of meeting in which parents need to be engaged. They will also receive information about how to resolve the conflict as well as restore the relationship after the team has experienced conflict. Handout: PowerPoint
Audra Ahumada and Sheila Wells-Moreaux
This session will provide an update on the roll-out of the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) support materials, prototypes of the assessment items, and NEW information regarding participation eligibility and field-testing! Don’t miss out! Handout: PowerPoint
Sarah Gardner, Sandra Laine, and Ann Gortarez
Want to know how best to prepare your students with disabilities for the upcoming PARCC assessment? This presentation will provide participants with an overview of PARCC and the design of the PARCC assessment, as well as share information related to the recently released PARCC Accommodations Manual. Participants will leave the presentation with information and tips to help them prepare their students for the PARCC assessment. Handout: PowerPoint
Jennifer Huber
Learn how measurable annual goals fit into the IEP development process while learning what the criteria are to determine whether you have a measurable goal.  Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout 1, Handout 2, and Handout 3

12:00  LUNCH