Vendors and Exhibitors — Solana E

Directors Ins cover 2014

Directors Institute
25 Years of Excellence
September 22-24, 2014

Schedule Monday
Presenters Tuesday
Vendors Wednesday

Vendor & Exhibitor Appreciation Event

3:15 to 4:15
Refreshments Served

AbleNet, Inc. creates “solutions in context” that excite users and empower professionals who serve people with disabilities—as well as the people themselves—to transform quality of life. We develop, market, and support creative, reliable, and fairly and affordably priced solutions used by persons around the world so that they can become active participants at home, at work, at school, and in their communities. We strive to make AbleNet’s image synonymous with trust, respect, enthusiasm, creativity, fun, and simplicity. We aim to delight every customer with each contact made by AbleNet employees and offerings. Table 41

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. ABIL is one of five centers for independent living in Arizona and the largest one in the state. ABIL advocates personal responsibility—by and for people with disabilities—as a means to independence. Programs are designed to help consumers achieve self-sufficiency. In addition to the four core service areas, ABIL provides and promotes numerous other programs and services that help consumers achieve an independent lifestyle. Table 11

Arizona Council for Exceptional Children (AZCEC)  
Our organization is dedicated to advocating and improving education for students with identified learning challenges. This is our mission; this is our challenge. We support our students through supporting each other by providing you with resources, research, networking, and opportunities to renew and refresh your professional knowledge. AZCEC collaborates with the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education (AZCASE), Arizona Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (AZCCBD), and the Arizona Division for Early Childhood (AZDEC) to provide a number of professional development activities for special education and general education teachers, administrators of special education, principals, parents, and other interested individuals. Table 12

How do you best support youth transitioning to the workforce? The Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families is partnering with agencies in five other western states to recruit and enroll 2,000 low-income youth with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 16 in a program designed to improve their educational and employment outcomes. Approximately 1,050 youth from the state of Arizona will be enrolled. State agencies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah formed a consortium and were awarded a $32.5 million US Department of Education grant under the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Initiative. The six-state consortium, Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE), will begin recruiting youth and their families in fall 2014. ASPIRE includes rural, frontier, and tribal youth receiving Supplemental Security Income, setting it apart from similar efforts in Arkansas, California, Maryland, New York, and Wisconsin where urban and suburban populations are being targeted. As a federal research study, the teens and their families who qualify and enroll in the program will be assigned to one of two different groups. The first will access existing services and supports. The second will receive enhanced services, including case management, benefits counseling, financial education and capability training, and parent education and training over the course of this project, which will end September 2018. The two groups will be compared in the future to determine the effectiveness of the enhanced services and to inform future policy and practices. Table 14

Arizona Community of Practice Transition Team (AZCoPT)
The AZCoPT is a mechanism for creating the statewide support structure that includes family and youth/young adult voices and clearly advocates social as well as vocational and academic skill development. This structure leads to high degrees of organizational collaboration in which information is readily available and community-based services are integrated, coordinated, and easily accessed. Resources, including funding, people, and data, are pooled. A clear line of responsibility and accountability for both individual and organizational action leading to the desired vision for youth and young adults is established and followed.  Table 28

AzTech and AzTAP
Arizona’s Dynamic Duo for Assistive Technology Services
AzTech is the assistive technology (AT) program of ADE/ESS. Services provided to Arizona’s public schools by the AzTech team include a free AT loan library, AT consultations and technical assistance, regional trainings, district-level professional development, and administration of a federal grant to build Arizona schools’ capacity to provide quality assistive technology services for their students with disabilities. Stop by our table to view some of the latest assistive technology devices, find out about this year’s trainings, and sign up for or renew your agency’s membership in the AT Short-Term Loan Library (

The Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) is a statewide, Phoenix-based program of the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University. AzTAP assists persons with disabilities (all types, all ages) as well as family members, service providers, employers, and the general public to become better educated about assistive technology (AT). AzTAP offers a wide variety of comprehensive services including assistive technology device demonstrations, short-term device loans, AT reuse activities, training, technical assistance, and a financial loan program. For more information, go to Table 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Arizona Department of Education
Alternate assessment test coordinators or special education directors can stop by and pick up the 2014–2015 AIMS A Science Test Directions Manual and the 2014–2015 AIMS A Science Test Coordinator Manual. You will be allowed one hard copy of each manual or you may ask any questions you have about Alternate Assessment: AIMS A Science or the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC). Table 3

Arizona Department of Education
Dispute Resolution, Early Resolution
Facilitated IEP is a process in which a student’s IEP is developed in a structured meeting by a collaborative team. The team includes all required IEP team members who share the responsibility for the meeting process and results, and decision-making is managed with effective facilitation skills. Visit our table to learn how your district may participate in trainings for the Facilitated IEP process. Table Located in Hallway

Child find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’04) that requires PEAs to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities aged birth through 21 located within their geographical boundaries who are in need of early intervention or special education services. AZ FIND provides information and resources to parents, public education agencies (PEAs), state agencies, and professional organizations regarding child find statutes, policies, and procedures. Table 4

Program Support and Monitoring
Arizona Department of Education
Special education directors, coordinators, and charter directors are encouraged to pick up their 2014–2015 Examining Practices Manual in Solana E. Each LEA is provided with one hard copy of the manual. An electronic version of the manual will be available via the web in early October. Table 5

Autism Academy for Education and Development
The Autism Academy for Education and Development offers individualized educational programs exclusively for students with autism spectrum disorder. The Autism Academy believes that children with autism will flourish with programming tailored to their specific needs. The Academy’s innovative collaboration with publicly funded schools, parents, the tax credit program, and empowerment scholarships enables us to bring the best choices for families of children with autism throughout Arizona. With the rate of autism diagnosis on the rise, one in 88 US students needs specially designed autism-only programs, which are solely available at the Autism Academy. Table 7

Backbone Communications
Backbone Communications has been providing educational software tools to schools in the Southwest for over 15 years. Our staffs’ background includes many years of teaching and technology experience in providing solutions that help all students whether they are below grade level, on grade level, or above grade level. Our vision is “Empowering Education Through Technology.” Our mission is “To help students succeed in school and life through the use of our products and services.” These principles drive our decision making. Backbone’s solutions are respected by industry experts as the best technology tools available. All technology and software tools are scientifically proven, research-based programs that help students succeed. Superior customer service and proven implementation strategies are reasons why Backbone Communications continues to be the schools’ source for software tools to increase student achievement. Table 22

Benchmark Education Company (BEC)
Benchmark Education’s resources include materials for core, supplemental, and intervention programming. Take note of a brand new resource form Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, ACT Now!, that helps students access complex texts. Visit the BEC exhibit to learn about a special offer for a free 2,500 e-book leveled library subscription with the purchase of $500 of any BEC products. An incredible value . . . Table 38

Best Buddies Arizona (BBAZ)
The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently serving over 2,000 children and adults through five programs, BBAZ has created a strategic expansion plan, the primary objective of which is to increase service capacity with jobs and high schools, and awareness. Table 29

Classworks is a high-quality, online instruction solution including K–10 math, reading, language arts, and science instruction, assessment, and productivity tools. Classworks is broad and deep enough to adopt as an all-inclusive solution or to use only the components that are right for you. Classworks empowers teachers, captivates students, and drives results. Table 26

Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning believes that engagement is the foundation of learning. . . . engagement is at our core and our focus is on engaging with learners, both in the classroom and beyond, to ensure the most effective product design, learning solutions, and personalized services—all to help people learn. We understand that an engaged learner is a successful one, and we are leading the transition to digital with a unique faculty AND student perspective to transform learning through engagement. Our name itself reinforces this core commitment—“engage” is at the “center” of all we do. Table 25

Curriculum Associates
Curriculum Associates has been committed since 1969 to partnering with districts to make classrooms better for students and teachers. Our BRIGANCE IED III (Inventory of Early Development) for children birth through age 8 and the BRIGANCE 15-minute Screens III for infants through grade 1 children were updated in 2013. I-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction for K–12 Math and Reading combines a valid and reliable growth measure with engaging, individualized Common Core instruction in a single online product that can save teachers time and accelerate student learning. Learn more about i-Ready by visiting /empower. Table 23

Edgenuity provides engaging online and blended learning solutions that propel success for every student, empower every teacher to deliver more effective instruction, and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals. Edgenuity delivers a range of core curriculum, dual credit courses, AP® courses, elective courses, career and technical education (CTE) classes, and credit recovery courses based on the rigor of state, Common Core, and the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL) standards and designed to inspire lifelong learning. Fully flexible for use in any blended or online learning model, Edgenuity supports an environment in which personalized learning is possible. More information can be found at Edgenuity.comTable 31

Edmentum is redefining the 21st century classroom. We enable educators and administrators to foster achievement in the classroom, blending individual teaching approaches with proven, award-winning online learning programs that specifically address the needs of individual learners and the expectations of everyone with a stake in learner success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, Edmentum offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to empower 21st-century teaching and learning. Table 19

EPS Literacy and Intervention
EPS Literacy and Intervention provides K–12 blended-media solutions that build core skills and close the achievement gap in reading and math. With powerful instructional tools and high-quality materials, the company’s reading and math intervention solutions are proven to help struggling students. From universal screening to interventions, progress monitoring to data-driven decision-making and professional development, EPS offers an integrated approach to effective teaching and learning. Table 35

Foundation for Blind Children (FBC)
One of the many services provided by the Foundation for Blind Children is Braille On Demand, a Braille transcription and production service for Arizona K–12 students with visual impairments who require Braille for their classroom handouts, quizzes, tests, worksheets, articles, newsletters, forms, presentations, and more. For a flat yearly fee per student, Braille On Demand can save schools and school districts thousands of dollars per year. The FBC has a wide range of services and programs to assist students from infancy through adulthood including Family Services Program; Preschool; Elementary School through Grade 4; Sports, Habilitation, Arts, and Recreation Program (SHARP); Adult and Transition Services; Counseling; Orientation and Mobility; Independent Living Program; College Preparatory Program; Assistive Technology Assessment/Instruction/Sales; Custom Braille and Large Print Transcription Services and Library; and Low Vision Clinic. Table 32

Heinemann offers teacher resources and professional development from their highly regarded authors, including Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Lucy Calkins, Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, and many more. FirstHand products include Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Units of Study K–8, and Transition to Algebra. Stop by the Heinemann exhibit to personally review these premiere resources and to receive a sampler from your Arizona representative, Nancy Chalex. Table 39

KOI Education
KOI Education is a leading provider of professional development for bullying and school violence prevention, classroom management, and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). Our knowledge and expertise enable educators and organizations to implement high-quality, evidence-based systems and practices that result in improved academic and behavioral outcomes for students, teachers, and the community. Table 18

KP® Mathematics
KP® Mathematics is an Arizona-based company that was created and is owned and run by teachers. We specialize in providing programs and professional development that support sound mathematics for all students. We provide place value–based mathematics programs for students with high-incidence and low-incidence disabilities and offer supporting professional development for teachers. We are especially known for inventing KP® Ten-Frame Tiles, an amazing new manipulative for place value and operations. Table 27

Life Development Institute
Located in Glendale, Arizona, Life Development Institute’s fully accredited, day and residential high school, post-secondary, and summer programs offer both a challenging academic program and comprehensive transition services to prepare students for college, employment, and life on their own. Opening for enrollment January 2015, the Academy of Lifelong Learning is the first fully-accredited private day high school program in the West Valley for 11th and 12th grade students with autism, pervasive developmental delay (PDD), and similar learning or social differences. Table 34

McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education partners around the world with students, educators, administrators, and other professionals to deliver engaging, adaptive, and personalized solutions that improve performance and results. We combine proven research-based content with the best emerging digital technologies to guide assessment, teaching, and learning to achieve the best possible outcome for students, instructors, and institutions. McGraw-Hill Education employs more than 6,000 people in 44 countries and publishes in more than 60 languages. Table 21

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Students with disabilities who are assessed on the state assessment are included and participate in NAEP with the same accommodations as the students receive on the state assessment.

Dr. Shelly Pollnow, Arizona Director of NAEP/International Assessments, will be available to answer questions concerning the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Please visit the “Ask NAEP Booth” for information, resources, and a demonstration of the NAEP Data Explorer, a tool available to the public on the National Center for Education Statistics site. Reception Desk by Aurora ABCD

PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of online speech therapy and other special education–related services for K–12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians includes speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), and other related services professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime, anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter, and virtual schools across the United States and globally, PresenceLearning has shown that online delivery of related services is practical, convenient, and highly effective.     Table 20

PBISAz is Arizona’s statewide resource for positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) readiness training, technical assistance, and support to schools throughout the state. PBIS and MTSS create a more effective learning environment by improving school climate, culture, and safety.

The PBISaz Advisory Committee partners with numerous stakeholders in Arizona, including implementers, administrators, state organizations, behavior/mental health groups, and parents/advocates to develop a coordinated and collaborative public/private partnership to build a sustainable statewide initiative to help schools become more predictive, consistent, positive, and safe. Visit our website,, for FREE Getting Started documents, slideshows, videos, and a list of providers. Table Located in Main Hallway

Raising Special Kids
Raising Special Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support and information for parents of children from birth to age 26 with a full range of disabilities and special health care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families and are available in English and Spanish. Table 1

Saddleback Educational Publishing
Saddleback Educational Publishing is the leader in hi-lo (high-interest, low-readability) curriculum solutions and quality fiction for struggling and at-risk learners in grades 5 to 12. We strive to create relevant and engaging materials that will actively involve and immerse students at reading levels in which they can achieve success in the 21st century. Table 40

SEAS Southwest Education Billing Services (SEBS)
SEAS Southwest Education Billing Services offers complete support for special education, Medicaid programs, and more. SEAS Achieve supports ALL plan types including IEP, RTI, ELL, gifted, and behavior and is fully integrated with our Medicaid service package, which focuses on maximizing revenue while maintaining compliance. Table 17

SELECT, Northern Arizona University
SELECT (Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching) is a federally funded program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education and offered by Northern Arizona University. SELECT courses are recommended for special and general education teachers, administrators, related services personnel, and paraeducators.

SELECT is a graduate-level, distance-learning program that offers web courses within 5- and 8-week sessions each academic semester. Certified school personnel can take SELECT classes for renewal hours. SELECT classes can be taken for university credit by those teachers or administrators who are required by their school districts to have official transcripts and for those who may need to transfer hours to another district or out of state. The classes can also be taken for professional growth contact hours for free. Table in Main Hallway

Social Thinking
Social Thinking explores how the social mind works to help individuals use more effective social skills. We create and evolve strategies and curriculum that teach and help foster social learning in individuals who are academically bright but struggle to develop and maintain successful social relationships in school, at work, in the community, and at home. Social Thinking provides concepts and evidence-based teachings through practical frameworks and strategies. We work with individuals aged three through adulthood who have different diagnostic labels, such as high functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental delay, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nonverbal learning disability (NVLD), and murky, undiagnosed social learning issues. Table 15

Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Our goal is to empower the over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive, and respected members of society. For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and develop belief in themselves. For athletes, Special Olympics sports provide a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance, and joy. Table 13

SpEd K12
SmartEdPad is an all-in-one software solution for integrating tablets into your special education program. SmartEdPad software comes with dozens of apps recommended by leaders in special education. With SmartEdPad, you can capture data from our apps to track student performance and create personalized learning profiles for each student. This will enable each student to focus on specific Common Core State Standards. Teachers will be able to share, to collaborate, and to communicate with their IEP teams more effectively. You can purchase SmartEdPad two ways. You can download our software to work with existing Android tablets, or you can purchase a fully loaded and ready-to-go Samsung Galaxy Tablet from us. Please stop by our booth and find out more about SmartEdPad. Table 30

TeachTown, Inc.
TeachTown, Inc. is exclusively focused on providing software and solutions for students on the autism spectrum, as well as for students with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Through a blend of adaptive, computer-delivered and teacher-led applied behavior analysis (ABA) instruction, TeachTown’s research-based and scientifically proven solutions engage and motivate while building student independence. Through a robust automatic assessment and data system, student data is captured that measures progress, and reports and graphs are created, disseminated, and can inform customized instruction. Data is collected every day, every week, and every month—with every click of the mouse.   Table 33

The Computer Generation
Lexia Reading Core5® provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis for teachers so that the flow of instruction is not interrupted for test administration.

Reading Plus® is a web-based program that transforms how, what, and why students read. It is the only Common Core–aligned reading intervention program that prepares students to engage with complex text by developing all three dimensions of successful readers—capacity, efficiency, and motivation.

Ascend Math is an intervention for special education! Students with special needs find the extra help they need from Ascend Math.

Symphony Math® reflects the best practices in mathematics instruction and cognitive-development research. Table 42

Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning (Coach, Buckle Down, and Options Publishing) is a leading solution provider of K–12 supplementary state-specific, standards-driven materials and curriculum-based resources in print and digital formats for Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS). Triumph Learning offers Waggle, a smart practice digital solution that supports productive struggle with in-the-moment feedback, scaffolded instruction, and personalized pathways. Waggle together with Coach is the blended learning solution that will help your students build confidence and accelerate learning. Table 16

Voyager Sopris Learning
The suite of instructional and service solutions Voyager Sopris Learning™ provides is not only research based, but also evidence based—proven to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness. Our solutions have been fully tested in the classroom, ensuring that they are easy to implement and teacher friendly. They are innovative, both in overall instructional approach and in the strategic use of technology in blended and 100% online solutions. Behind everything we do is an unparalleled commitment to building local capacity for sustained student success. Table 37

Wilson Language Training Corporation
We believe that the ability to read opens up a world of possibilities to an individual. Our mission is to provide quality professional learning and ongoing support so that educators have the skills and tools they need to help their students become fluent, independent readers who are ready to explore the endless possibilities the world of reading has to offer. We prepare educators to effectively use our multisensory, structured language programs and strategies with fidelity to successfully teach reading and spelling to the targeted student populations. Table 24

Call for Exhibitors

Twenty-Fifth Annual Directors Institute, September 22-24, 2014

“25 Years of Excellence”

The Directors Institute 2014: 25 Years of Excellence will be held September 22–September 24, 2014, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel. Sessions will cover a range of topics and current issues facing special education directors in Arizona. Participants will receive updates on federal and state requirements, and will be able to access hands-on resources that can be used immediately. The conference website can be found at .

Location: Glendale Renaissance Hotel9495 West Coyotes Boulevard, Glendale, AZ 85302
Hotel Telephone: 623-937-3700
Dates to Exhibit: Monday, September 22 from 9:45am – 4:00pmTuesday, September 23 from 7:30 – 4:00pm
Check-In: Monday, September 22 from 8:00am – 9:30am
All Exhibitors required to check-in at ADE vendor table.
Set-up: Monday, September 22 from 8:00am – 9:30am
No set-up prior to 8:00am. No exceptions
Exhibitor Location:
  • Exhibitor tables will be located in Solana E.
  • Plan your set-up accordingly so not to have materials or equipment extend in walkways. Fire code restrictions will be strictly monitored.
  • Exhibitor tables will be assigned
Exhibitor Conditions:


Cost: $400 (Entitles you to one (1) 6ft skirted table, two chairs, Wi-Fi connectivity, breakfast and lunch for two people).There will be an extra charge per table if electricity is required-contact the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, 623-937-3700, Bill Hetu or email

To Register:

Registration will be first come first served. Space is limited
Registration form can be found at:


Contact: Linda Mosteller 602-542-4469Crystal Brooks crystal.brooks@azed,gov 602-542-8718Rocio Munoz: 602-542-0610

Checks payable:

Arizona Department of EducationAttn. Rocio Munoz1535 West Jefferson Street Bin 24Phoenix, AZ 85007

Shipping of Materials

You will be responsible for your own shipping and accountable for your shipping charges.Please contact the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, 623-937-3700, Bill Hetu or email

Download a PDF version of the Call for Exhibitors here.