Wednesday

Directors Ins cover 2014

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


Registration
Schedule Monday
Presenters Tuesday
Vendors Wednesday

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Wednesday, September 24

7:00 — 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast — Event Center

8:00 — 8:15 Break

8:15 — 9:25 Breakout Sessions

Suzie Perry and Amanda Ritz
Learn about 15 essential classroom practices for working with students with autism spectrum disorders, then see how this walk-through checklist supports dialogue highlighting a teacher’s best practices as well as the selection of next steps.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout
Mary Keeney, Ann Gortarez, and Bruce Kennedy
As a special education director, are you ready to call “Action” on AT Implementation? Do you need a better script? Come to this session and learn everything directors need to know about AT!
Handouts:
Kacey Gregson
In this interactive session, participants will learn about the dispute resolution options available to schools and parents of children with disabilities: mediation, the due process hearing system, and the state administrative complaint system. Additionally, they’ll learn about other resources and services offered by the Dispute Resolution team.
Handouts:
Melissa De Vries and Celest Nameth
This session will address two areas of multi-tiered system of supports and response to intervention (MTSS/RTI): using MTSS/RTI as a specific learning disability identification tool and as an overview of multi-tiered behavioral supports and its impact on academic outcomes. ADE staff will also include an overview of current resources available.
Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, and Handout 4
Audra Ahumada and Cynthia Roller
This session will highlight the assessment features of the new alternate assessment (NCSC) and provide ideas for implementing instructional supports to compliment the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessment.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Notes Pages
Angela Denning and Lisa Yencarelli
RDA is here! Come learn how the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is using results-driven accountability (RDA) in making state determinations. This session will provide information on results-driven accountability, state determinations, and the state systemic improvement plan (SSIP). Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the state systemic improvement plan, as well as how ESS should use results for PEA determinations.
Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, and Handout 4
Kathy Coloma and Millie Archer
Sometimes the processes of child find (focusing on birth–5) and early intervention transitions overlap. This session will provide information and tools to help service coordinators and school districts work closely together to make services readily available to families and make transitions for families a positive process.
Handouts: PowerPoint, AzEIP and Special Ed Preschool, AzEIP Transition Activities Timeline, Transition Responsibilities Chart 2.105 to 3, Transition Responsibilities Chart 2.9 to 2.105, and Transition Responsibilities Chart Birth to 2.9
Kay Schreiber and Andi Asel
In this session, the presenters will discuss Arizona student plans for success—special education transition planning and high school Education Career and Action Plans (ECAPs). The requirements for transition plans established by IDEA will be reviewed and a crosswalk for comparing these plans with the four ECAP attributes required by Arizona State Board Rule will be provided. The presenters will describe how participants can assist students in identifying their high school and postsecondary options using the Arizona Career Information System (AzCIS). The team will also introduce a new tool called the Universal Encouragement Program (UEP) to collect data that helps to improve student success.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Bill Koehler
Session will include an interactive presentation about ASDB as an agency and include a “day in the life of a teacher of visually impaired or deaf in Arizona”. Participants will move through a “gallery walk” of the variety of services and supports provided by ASDB; session will conclude with a review of budget considerations, and with a Q&A from the audience.
Handouts: PowerPoint
A Year in Data Collection—Part I (Admin. Assistant Session)
Peggy Staples and Nicole Armstrong
Are you new to special education data collection? Or perhaps you are experienced? Either way, come join ESS Data Management as we take you through a year of data collection, covering three major data collection requirements for state and federal reporting purposes. Our goal is to provide participants with insights and recommendations to help streamline data-reporting processes into an easy-to-manage routine.
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Dispute Resolution Training (Invited Attendees Only)
Art Cernosia
The Dispute Resolution Training will be held in the Asteria Boardroom. This workshop is available by invitation only.

9:25 — 9:50 Break

9:50 — 11:00 Breakout Sessions

Maureen Casey
Ever wondered how to refer children and their families to the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)? How does AzEIP determine which children are eligible and how services and supports are provided? Join us to learn how AzEIP provides team-based services using a coaching approach to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in Arizona.
Handouts:
Diane McCormick, Chris Lane, Bob Fitzsimmons, and Kim Lipp
What are the roles of Dispute Resolution, Program Support and Monitoring, and LEAs in ensuring compliance? This interactive (Participoll) presentation will highlight the partnership of Dispute Resolution and Program Support and Monitoring and clarify LEA responsibilities.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Mary Keeney, Ann Gortarez, and Bruce Kennedy
School budgets are shrinking just as parent demand for assistive technology is growing! What’s a director to do? Come to this session to learn about a variety of free resources for students who struggle and the teachers who support them.
Handouts:
Susan Shooter and Kimberly Rice
Participants will gain a firm understanding of inclusion, inclusive practices, and the law pertaining to inclusion. A brief overview of the roles and responsibilities of involved staff members and guidelines for implementation will be presented.
Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, and Handout 4
Melissa De Vries and Oran Tkatchov
ADE examined three years of state testing data to identify districts and charters that demonstrated continual academic successes for students with disabilities. Then through site visits, common systems and supports contributing to their achievement were identified; these will be shared in this session.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Angela Denning and Lisa Yencarelli
ESS wants your opinion. Participate in a focus group to help inform ESS in selecting a state-identified measurable result and design a state system of supports that wraps around educators to improve student outcomes—academically, behaviorally, and functionally.
Handouts:
Dr. Sandra Laine and Delsey Benally
Do you have students in your schools that are struggling to learn to read? Do your teachers need more tools in their toolboxes to teach struggling readers? Have you heard of RDA (Results-Driven Accountability) and wondered how to improve results for students with disabilities? If you answered yes to the previous questions, this is the session for you. ADE’s Exceptional Student Services section is offering LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training as a strategy to improve results for students with disabilities. LETRS is a comprehensive professional development opportunity that prepares teachers for the challenging work of teaching students to read and spell. Attend this session to learn about LETRS and the opportunities to provide LETRS training to your teachers.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Paul Thiessen and Garen Austineur
Transitioning to a less restrictive environment can be a challenge that is compounded by anxiety and the challenge of new relationships for both the student and educators. We will discuss considerations for a successful transition plan through positive, effective, and pragmatic supports for all stakeholders.
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A Year in Data Collection—Part II (Admin. Assistant Session)
Peggy Staples and Nicole Armstrong
Are you new to special education data collection? Or perhaps you are experienced? Either way, come join ESS Data Management as we take you through a year of data collection, covering three major data collection requirements for state and federal reporting purposes. Our goal is to provide participants with insights and recommendations to help streamline data-reporting processes into an easy-to-manage routine.
Handouts:
Audra Ahumada and Lisa Abbett
This session will demonstrate how executive function skills impact learning and how these skills are necessary in order to access the AZCCRS. The presenters will engage participants in learning the characteristics of executive functions, examining actual lesson plans, and incorporating strategies to build development of our brain’s executive functions for diverse learners.
Handouts: Prezi

11:00 — 11:15 Break

11:15 — 12:15 Grab and Go Lunch — Event Center