Save the Dates – 2015 ADE Conferences

Save the Date 2015 Conferences



Administrators Academy: A Brick-by-Brick Approach to Building Knowledgeable, Empowered Leaders in Special Education

Administrators Academy is a four-part, interactive coaching series designed to teach participants how to practically and effectively apply the legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

This academy is geared toward school leaders, such as principals and assistant principals, who want to better understand their role in the special education process; special education directors looking for a more comprehensive understanding of the intricate legalities involved in special education; and special education practitioners who are interested in the legal foundations and purposes of their jobs.

This intimate workshop experience will feature an in-depth analysis of obligations under the IDEA. Presenters will build participants’ knowledge and confidence brick-by-brick by explaining responsibilities as school and special education leaders through deconstructing and reorganizing the IDEA into coherent pieces, while allowing interactions with the information to improve comfort and familiarity with the material. The instruction received through this academy will provide the necessary foundation to be thoughtful and skilled decision makers and practitioners in special education.

Institute presenters will be Kacey Gregson, attorney and Director of Dispute Resolution for the Arizona Department of Education, and Shannon Chavez, special education teacher and Arizona Department of Education Corrective Action Compliance Monitor.

Registration Link: http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3647

Event Dates:                                                                                                   

Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Friday, February 6, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015

Event Location:

East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)
1601 West Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Registration Fee: $150 for the four-day attendance

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014



Talk with ADE – SAVE THE DATE

Please note that Talk with ADE agendas and parking instructions will be sent out over the Special Education Directors’ litserv.

These are the dates of upcoming Talk with ADE meetings.

Friday, November 21

Friday, January 9

Friday, April 3

All meetings will be held at the 3300 N. Central Ave. office on the 16th floor from 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

For more information, please e-mail essinbox@azed.gov.



AZCCRS for Special Educators – Discounted Registration Rate

ADE Training Opportunity Discount!

Meeting Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) for Special Educators

January 7–8 or March 4–5
Team up a special education teacher or leader with a general education teacher or leader and get 50% off one registration!

Throughout the two-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in whole group, small group, and paired collaborative discussions within grade level and content areas to refine collaborative practices between general education and special education and develop and write AZCCRS standards-based Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.

Training Outcomes

During this two-day workshop, participants will:

  • Expand understanding of the AZCCRS for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics in order to develop standards-aligned IEP goals aligned to the student’s AZCCRS present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP)
  • Integrate research of how children learn to order to identify areas of need in the development of IEP goals
  • Obtain a solid understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to integrate learning into daily practice
  • Develop and write standards-aligned IEP goals related to students’ needs as described in the PLAAFP
  • Explore and use readily available resources, tools, and evidenced-based strategies to support students with disabilities to access the AZCCRS in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics

Elementary Emphasis:                            or                           Secondary Emphasis:
January 7–8, 2015                                                                     March 4–5, 2015

Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Registration fee: $175 covers the two-day attendance, or team up a special education teacher or leader with a general education teacher or leader and get 50% off one registration (i.e., $175.00 for the special educator, $87.50 for general educator). Please type “discount” after the payment number when registering the general education teacher or leader.

Register at http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3793&EventDate=1/7/2015.



Facilitated IEP Trainings

Facilitated IEP Trainings for 2015

Because the six regional Facilitated IEP (FIEP) trainings in the fall of 2014 were so successful, the Arizona Department of Education/Dispute Resolution Unit is happy to announce additional FIEP trainings for 2015. There will be a training on February 4-5 at the Peoria Unified School District.The two-day training is $75.00 and includes breakfast, lunch, and training materials.

IEP facilitation is a student-focused process in which a trained individual (facilitator) assists the IEP team in developing an IEP that provides a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the student. The Dispute Resolution Unit believes there are three components needed to facilitate a successful IEP meeting: standardized meeting practices; knowledge of the IEP process; and the use of meeting management skills that aid in minimizing conflict and maximizing collaboration. This training is designed to teach these three components.

Who Should Attend: Any school personnel involved in a student’s IEP including special education and general education teachers, district representatives, and school psychologists.

TRAINING DATES, LOCATIONS, and TIMES (check back for additional training dates):

February 4 – 5, 2015 Peoria Unified School District (Maximum 50 participants)

Sign-in: 8:30 – 9:00
Event: 9:00 – 4:00

Registration starts December 15, 2014. Click on ADE’s Calendar of Events to register. (Advance the calendar to February 4, 2015 in order to register.)

Contact: Amy Dill @ 602-542-7579



Braille Code Changes Meeting: Collaborating to Meet the Educational Needs of Arizona’s Teachers and Students

We are excited to announce an interagency collaboration to develop an effective pathway for introducing the changes from English Braille American Edition (EBAE) to Unified English Braille (UEB). The approaching changes to the Braille Code require that those it impacts and those responsible for addressing those changes gather to plan for its implementation. We want to work as a community and to support the implementation of UEB and are inviting stakeholders to participate in an initial meeting on January 12, 2015 from 9:00-4:00 that will be held at the Arizona Department of Education Building, Room 312, 1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ. A second, follow up meeting has been scheduled for February 9th, 2015 at the Flinn Foundation on 1802 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ if necessary to finalize recommendations made, and invite additional participants. To help us to strategically plan for the needs identified by the group, we have invited a meeting facilitator to help us collaborate effectively.

Some of the questions to be addressed at this meeting are:

  • What is the initiative that is bringing about these changes?
  • Who will these changes impact?
  • What actions need to be taken as a result of decisions made?
  • What additional stakeholders need to be included?

Lunch will not be provided, however time will be allotted to order in, or to go to nearby restaurants.

Event Locations: Arizona Department of Education Building, Room 312, 1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ

Dates and Times: Session 1 January 12, 2015 Session 2 Feb. 9th 2015

Registration Deadline: January 1st, 2015

Registration questions please contact Abby Sanchez 602-364-3026 or abby.sanchez@azed.gov.

Please bring a laptop, tablet or braille notetaker if you need access to written material during the day. Also, indicate if you need materials in an alternative format and the format you prefer (large print, braille, electronic files, ASL interpreter, other).

Who Should Attend: Invitees
Contact: Suzanne Perry @ 602-542-2185



Meeting Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) for Special Educators

Throughout the two-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in whole group, small group, and paired collaborative discussions within grade level and content areas to refine collaborative practices between general education and special education and develop and write AZCCRS standards-based Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.

Training Outcomes:
During this two-day workshop, participants will:

  • Expand understanding of the AZCCRS for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics in order to develop standards-aligned IEP goals aligned to the student’s AZCCRS present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP)
  • Integrate research of how children learn to order to identify areas of need in the development of IEP goals
  • Obtain a solid understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to integrate learning into daily practice
  • Develop and write standards-aligned IEP goals related to students’ needs as described in the PLAAFP
  • Discuss and explore how to use and differentiate assessments based on students’ IEPs to inform instruction
  • Explore and use readily available resources, tools, and evidenced-based strategies to support students with disabilities to access the AZCCRS in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics

Please bring laptop or iPad to the training if possible.

Presenters: Sharen Bertrando and Kevin Schaefer
WestEd’s Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI)
Elementary Emphasis:
January 7–8, 2015

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Secondary Emphasis:
March 4–5, 2015

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Breakfast and lunch provided each day for both sessions.

Registration Fee: $175 covers the two-day attendance.

Make payment payable to Arizona Department of Education.
Mail to:
Arizona Department of Education
Attn: Abby Sanchez
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

*At the discretion of Arizona Department of Education staff, ‘emergency situations’ are defined as: Illness, accident, etc.

Who Should Attend: Special education directors, special education teachers, and administrators.
Contact: Linda Mosteller @ 602-542-4469



LETRS for Early Childhood Educators TOT Institute

Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student Services is bringing a LETRS for Early Childhood Educators TOT Institute to Arizona.

LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) for Early Childhood Educators is foundational professional development for early childhood educators helping pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children learn the early literacy and language skills shown in research to be critical for later success. This professional development will provide educators with an understanding of the foundations of language and help them gain instructional strategies to complement their teaching practices. This course of study will:

  • Build a bridge between research and practice
  • Cultivate knowledge about teaching literacy and language
  • Provide practical strategies that work for different types of learners
  • Engage teachers with real-world application

LETRS for Early Childhood Educators was created by Lucy Hart Paulson and Louisa Moats, both internationally known reading experts, teachers, and researchers on the topics of early literacy, reading, spelling, and language.

Because the Arizona Department of Education is sponsoring this LETRS for Early Childhood Educators TOT Institute to build capacity within our state, representatives from schools/charters/LEAs/regional centers who have responsibility for the professional development of Pre-K–3 teachers and/or Pre-K–3 special education teachers are encouraged to apply. The LETRS for Early Childhood Educators TOT Institute is designed primarily for certified staff developers and school leaders with experience and background in teaching and assessing reading. Enrollment in the institute is limited to 35 participants and is reserved for certified candidates who are currently responsible for staff development.

For further information on the LETRS for Early Childhood Educators TOT Institute, please see the attached application or contact Sandra Laine at Sandra.Laine@azed.gov.



Special Education Rule Committee 12/2/14 Communique

The Special Education Rule Committee’s purpose is to examine Arizona Special Education State Board 401 rules, to propose rules that are clear, instructive, and aligned to the IDEA, and to provide guidance for implementation. Please read the December 2, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the December 2 meeting.



The Special Edition Newsletter

The Exceptional Student Services team is honored to introduce the inaugural issue of the Special Edition. The Special Edition is our quarterly newsletter to share information on relevant topics and communicate upcoming events. We hope you enjoy our first edition. Please let us know if you would like a topic addressed in upcoming issues (http://ess.fluidsurveys.com/s/special-edition-1-1/). Look for the second edition in March 2015. Enjoy!

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