Directors Institute

“Every Student, Every Moment: Leadership for Results”

September 13-15, 2016

Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa

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Directors Institute, September 13-15, 2016

Every Student, Every Moment: Leadership for Results

The Directors Institute 2016 will be held September 13–15, 2016 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.



Glendale Renaissance Hotel  9495 West Coyotes Boulevard, Glendale, AZ 85305



Dates to Exhibit:

Tuesday, September 13th  from 7:00am – 3:45pm 

Wednesday, September 14th from 7:30 – 3:45pm


Tuesday, September 13th 7:00am

All Exhibitors required to check-in at ADE vendor table.

Set-up/ Dismantle:

Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00am / Wednesday September 14th  after 3:45

Exhibitor Location:

  • Exhibitor tables will be located in Solana E or the central hallway of the Renaissance Hotel.
  • Plan your set-up accordingly so not to have materials or equipment extend into the walkways. Fire code restrictions will be strictly monitored.
  • Exhibitor tables will be assigned

Exhibitor Conditions:


$500 (Entitles you to one (1) 6ft skirted table, two chairs, Wi-Fi connectivity.  Payment must be made in full by August 29th, 2016 or you will relinquish your assigned table. If you have power request, please complete this form 2016 Directors Institute power request form and fax to Daniel Delatorre  at 480-518-8089.

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.


AAA Scholarship Foundation

AAA Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide economic and other assistance to economically-disadvantaged families and families of children with disabilities to enable them to select the best schools for their children.

AAA Scholarship Foundation was created to help bridge the educational opportunity access-gap faced by economically disadvantaged and disabled students. AAA provides private school tax credit scholarships to economically disadvantaged and disabled students (up to grade 12) residing in AZ (as well as 5 other states). Our scholarships allow these students to consider a private school that may better suit their individual learning needs – an option which already is available to families of greater financial means. An AAA scholarship provides an opportunity for a customized education which may be the lifeline that saves our next generation of leaders and our communities from more of these indefensible statistics.

ACS Consultants, Inc.

ACS Consultants, Inc. is a premier allied health staffing organization specializing in contract placement. We provide quality allied health professionals to schools and medical facilities. ACS provides unparalleled support to our allied healthcare professionals, creating a community which fosters growth and professional development. We have over 30 years of combined staffing experience and a proven track record developing cost-effective solutions for the clients and professionals with whom we work.

ADE Alternate Assessment Unit

The Alternate Assessment Unit provides technical assistance and support to Public Education Agency (PEA) Test Coordinators, Test Administrators and other stakeholders for Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) and AIMS A Science.

ADE Arizona Examining Practices Manuals

All LEAs can pick up their copies of the Arizona Examining Practices Manual in the vendor area.

 ADE Assistive Technology Loan Library/AZ-Tech

Sample items and information about ADE’s AT Lending Library will be provided.

ADE Early Childhood Education

The ADE Early Childhood Unit’s mission is to provide leadership and support to schools, organizations, educators, families and communities to assist all children from birth to eight to become successful lifelong learners. We provide professional development, monitoring and technical assistance around the state to support high quality early childhood education practices.

ADE Exceptional Student Services, AZ FIND

Child find is a component of the IDEA that requires PEAs to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities aged birth through 21. AZ FIND provides information and resources regarding child find statutes, policies, and procedures. Visit the exhibit for updated posters, brochures, and tracking forms.

ADE Superintendents Office & Zip Code Project

The Arizona Department of Education is sharing information about the “AZ Kids Can’t Afford Wait” plan and the Zip Code Project.

Argosy University

Argosy University specializes in Psychology with NASP accredited School Psychology programs as well as Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs.

Arizona Association of School Psychologists

The Arizona Association of School Psychologists promotes educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning. AASP is a nonprofit organization that provides mini grants to members to encourage innovative mental health services.

Arizona Freelance Interpreting Services

Arizona Freelance Interpreting Services provides professional interpreting services for children and adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Services include ASL Interpreters, Tactile (deaf/blind), Computer Assisted Real Time, and Certified Deaf Interpreters. AZFLIS is local, knows its communities it serves and ensures accurate communication for each assignment.

Autism Academy for Education and Development

Autism Academy for Education and Development has campuses located in Gilbert, Tempe, and Peoria. We are fully accredited for grades K-12 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of School and Colleges (Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010,

Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education brings you award-winning K-8 literacy resources to support your instruction and boost student achievement. Choose from Print Digital, and Blended resources. Nancy Chalex is your AZ representative.


Booksource makes it easy to build, grow and organize your trade book collections. They customize booklists, provide personalized attention, offer FREE Teacher Resources, and include book baskets with a minimum purchase. Nancy Chalex, your AZ representative, can be reached at 480-292-2732 or by email at [email protected].

Desert Choice Schools

Desert Choice Schools (DCS) is a K-12 Private Day School approved by the Arizona Department of Education to provide Special Education Services. DCS utilizes a highly-structured, school-wide Positive Behavior Support program that teaches students Academic, Social/Emotional and Problem-Solving Strategies.  Our program is designed to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families.

Futures Education

Futures Education is a national leader in special education services and resources – providing a comprehensive array of expertise, from clinical and educational assessments to professional development, professional staffing and management of school systems’ special education programs.

Grand Canyon University

Welcome to Grand Canyon University (GCU), Arizona’s premier private Christian university. For more than 65 years, our Phoenix campus has been the gateway to success for countless scholars and industry leaders. We offer over 190 programs in 8 colleges within the University.

Kaleidoscope Education Solutions

Leaders in school-based therapy and special education staffing! We provide every student entrusted to us the best in therapy and education professionals so that they can become confident communicators, skilled learners, and be ready to take on their world with a smile. After all, there is a child behind everything we do!

KOI Education

KOI Education partners with educators and organizations to deliver high quality evidence-based practices and services that result in positive academic, behavioral, and social achievements in the education community.

Lakeshore Learning Materials

Since 1954, Lakeshore Learning Materials has been providing schools and educational programs with innovative products, training and customized materials that span the curriculum. Designed to meet state and national standards in early childhood and elementary education, our top-quality products reflect the latest research in teaching and child development.

LifeShare Educational Resources

LifeShare provides school partnership programs and regional service centers for students with complex disabilities, which result in the students needing to be serviced in specialized, therapeutic settings.

Maxim Healthcare Services

Maxim Healthcare is a full-service healthcare company with over 25 years of experience providing school based healthcare solutions nationwide. To better support our educational services division, Maxim has developed local, regional and national teams with ongoing market intelligence and resources to strengthen the partnership between local offices and school districts.

McGraw-Hill Education

Because learning changes everything.™ We apply the science of learning to create innovative solutions to improve education outcomes around the world.

 MediaNet Solutions, Inc.

MediaNet Solutions, Inc. (MSI), providers of the e-IEP PRO, is Arizona’s leader in providing special education management software solutions. MSI serves Arizona LEAs by providing high-quality products and services reflected in its 98% retention rate. Approximately 380 LEAs in Arizona utilize the e-IEP PRO to manage their special education programs.


TAPžit™ is an optimal assistive technology that serves the needs of students and adults with mild to severe physical and/or learning disabilities. TAPžit™ is an interactive adaptive learning station designed to provide accessibility for all users and to reinforce skills that can utilize any preferred computer-based learning application.

 QBS, Inc.

QBS Inc., a leading national behavioral training company, offers Safety-Care™ Behavioral Safety Training. Much more than the typical “crisis prevention course,” Safety-Care is founded upon the principles and procedure of Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavioral Supports and trains staff in evidence-based practices toward the prevention, minimization, and management of behavioral challenges.  QBS offers a variety of other behaviorally-based training and consulting.

Raising Special Kids

Raising Special Kids is Arizona’s Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center operating under Part D of IDEA. As a statewide provider of information, training and support services we work to provide parents with the tools needed to appropriately and effectively advocate for their children as equal members of decision-making teams.

SEAS Education

SEAS Reimbursement Services provides districts with customized tools that uncover the broadest range of Medicaid reimbursable services. We cover all service providers across your district, delivering in-depth, error-free claims processing to maximize your reimbursement dollars. The Reimbursement team can help you get your dollars back to work in your schools.

Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching (SELECT)

Through a partnership between NAU, ADE and the Institute for Human Development, SELECT provides free professional growth courses which may also be taken for NAU college credit with paid registration. These courses are recommended for special and general education teachers, administrators, related service personnel, paraeducators, and other interested individuals.

Serving The Exceptional Populations (STEPs)

STEPs – Serving The Exceptional Populations – provides a full continuum of Special Education Services and offers support according to the specific needs of the agencies we serve. We offer a wide array of services that will help educational institutions fulfill their special education and compliance needs and requirements, ELL services and grant writing.  Each service that we provide and each student that we service is in accordance with all state and federal laws, regulations and best practices, including those set forth by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Section 504 Regulations.

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

SARRC is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, evidence-based interventions and education, training and outreach. We offer a range of programs and services to families, schools, and individuals with autism, organizations, and others.


SpedTrack™ was designed from the ground up to maximize ease of use for school district end users, while providing the flexibility to easily respond to the constantly changing requirements of Special Education. Our product was developed hand in hand with Special Education professionals and represents more than 13 years of continued product design and development.

STAR Autism Support, Inc.

STAR Autism Support provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!

The IEzP

The IEzP is software designed to simplify, structure and guide your special education documentation needs. It helps facilitate compliance expectations through a step-by-step process for writing METs/IEPs/504s and includes associated forms and reports to accommodate other requirements and data demands.  Interfy Solutions provides a budget-friendly, personalized, time-saving, and compliant Special Education management service and system.

Voyager Sopris Learning

Voyager Sopris Learning™ is an educational technology, curriculum, and services provider committed to partnering with schools and districts to increase student achievement. We offer research-and evidence-based assessments, professional development, school-improvement services, and literacy and math blended online solutions—comprehensive intervention or supplemental. To learn more, visit

Wilson Language Training Corp.

Wilson Language Training provides evidence-based curricula and quality professional learning with ongoing support to literacy educators across the country. Wilson’s multisensory, structured reading and spelling programs for all ages have been proven highly effective. For nearly 30 years, Wilson Language Training has been dedicated to supporting educators with the skills and tools they need to help their students become fluent, independent readers. We achieve this by partnering with districts and universities, preparing teachers and teacher-leaders, and supporting students and parents.