The Iceberg of Communication

Reverend Dr. Michael Oleksa

Using two Alaskan icebergs as a metaphor for two people trying to communicate, the presenter will describe how miscommunication is imbedded inescapably in every interaction between any two people. Defining the “hidden” factors “below the waterline,” he will entertain participants with anecdotes about how predictably any two persons engaged in conversation will misunderstand each other and offer suggestions on how to deal with these inevitable miscommunications.

Transition Services and the IDEA: What Are School Districts’ Responsibilities for Postsecondary Education?

Melinda Jacobs

Parents of students with disabilities are increasingly demanding more from public school districts in preparing their teenagers for life after high school.  These demands can include postsecondary tuition payments, career development courses, and other expensive postsecondary training. In this session, the attorney presenter will provide a comprehensive review of the legal requirements for planning and providing transition services to students with disabilities, the most recent and important judicial case law on these issues, and her expert tips for navigating these thorny legal issues. Come prepared for a lively discussion, thought-provoking issues, and guidance on the practical questions that confront administrators and teachers.


Transition Services and the IDEA

Differentiated Instruction: Building a Repertoire of Instructional Strategies for Improving Students’ Reading & Writing Skills, Part I

William DeMeo

Differentiated instruction enables teachers to plan strategically so they can meet the needs of each and every student in today’s highly diverse classrooms. This exciting workshop gives you an in-depth understanding of how to assess the differing needs of learners and how to use this information to develop reading and writing strategies that meet individual student’s readiness levels, interests, and learning styles. This session will provide participants with the tools to develop practical and effective reading and writing intervention strategies while providing the opportunity to differentiate content, process, product, environment, and affect for a diverse student population and the unique educational needs and strengths of each student. (Part II will be offered immediately after the break.) (This is a repeat session.)


Customized Job Development Tools: Defining Business Needs

Monica McDaniel

In today’s business community, marketing and job development efforts have to meet the business demands of the employer’s needs, as well as match with the job candidate’s abilities. This session will provide some new tools and strategies for initial contact with employers and for identifying business needs using a customized approach and will provide some tools to market your students as successful job candidates.  (This session will be repeated immediately after the break.)



Environmental Analysis

Supported Employment manual11

Multi-Tier Behavior Supports Webinar

Multi–Tier Behavior Supports Training for K–12

Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services, Multi-Tier Behavior Supports is a three-year training that will assist school teams with the development of a school-wide approach for positive behavior management practices. This training is based on School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SW-PBIS) evidence-based elements.

Year One—$708 per team member*
Year Two—Grant Funded
Year Three—Grant Funded
*Teams must be comprised of six team members

Registration Information:
Mandatory attendance is required at ONE of the following informational webinars:
May 12, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
May 14, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
May 18, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Required Webinar Participants:
District Team—District Administrator
School Team—Principal

Enrollment for the first year of training will be provided after completion of the following:

  1. Attendance at ONE of the webinars listed above
  2. Submission of a completed school and/or district readiness agreement (details provided at webinar)


MTBS Grant Exploration Webinar occurs several times. You will be provided a drop-down menu to register for the date and time that works best for you.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Please read the flyer for more information.

Contact Information:
Celeste Nameth, 602-542-5445, [email protected]
Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services

TBI 100 — Concussion and Mild Brain Injury and Returning to Learning

This new ½-day (3.5 hour) course introduces participants, especially general educators, special educators, coaches, trainers and parents, to the concept of mild brain injury (mTBI). Content will address types of mild brain injuries and causes as well as the implications of injury on normal brain-behaviors. In addition, the workshop will focus participants on how to successfully return students to the learning environment after concussion. The format will include short lecture segments with open discussion and a 20-minute video segment addressing the need for concussion/mild brain injury prevention.

Who Should Attend: Administrators; Directors of Special Education; Secondary and Elementary Principals; School Nurses and Health Assistants; School Counselors/Behavior Coaches; School Psychologists; Coaches, Assistants, and Athletic Trainers; General Education Teachers; Speech/Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physical Therapists; Special Education Teachers; Community Agencies working w/children; Parents and Foster Parents; Support Personnel (buss drivers, clerical staff)
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center — Literacy Room B
4000 N. Cummings
Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 5, 2015 @ 4:00PM – 7:00PM
Sierra Vista Unified School District
Apache Middle School Library
3305 E. Fry Blvd.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Mar 21, 2015 @ 8:30AM – 12:00PM
Kyrene Unified School District
District Administrative Center
8700 S. Kyrene Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM
Kyrene Unified School District
District Administrative Center
8700 S. Kyrene Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM


2016 IDEA – STMP-CCRTT Year 1 Grant-Funded Training Alert

Special Projects is identifying teams to participate in the grant-funded Secondary Transition Mentoring Project/College and Career Readiness Team Training (STMP–CCRTT). As a result of intensive face-to-face trainings, specially selected district or school teams of educators will develop skills and take part in activities in multi-tiered instruction and interventions, effective collaboration between stakeholders, and data-based decision making and action planning at the student, classroom, and school levels. This training will prepare local education agencies (LEAs) to provide all students with the competencies they need to plan for careers, to engage both socially and emotionally, and to equip themselves as lifelong learners.

Teams selected to participate in the training will receive instructions for submitting the online funding application at a later date.

To be contacted by an ADE/ESS Transition Team representative to further discuss the grant application process and/or provide you with more details about the grant, please complete the STMP/CCRTT Pre-screening Application

2016 IDEA – Az-Tech

To lay the foundation for capacity building and systemic change in their schools, teams of educators known as Az-Tech grant teams will participate in grant-funded training workshops in the fundamentals of assistive technology (AT) and universal design for learning (UDL). National and state leaders in the field of AT will conduct 11 days of outcome-driven training events during the training year (September 2015–May 2016) with support provided by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), Special Projects Az-Tech AT team. At the end of the year, the team will be better equipped to consider and implement AT tools and strategies to support students with disabilities and contribute to the training of other education professionals in its local education agency (LEA).  This grant is appropriate if your agency serves students with a wide range of disabilities.

Although this is a non-competitive grant-funded training, the program is limited to a maximum of 15 teams. Special Projects will select five grant applications for eligible LEAs from each of the three regions of the state (northern, central, and southern) on a first-come, first-served basis in order of their submission through the new Grants Management Enterprise (GME). Applications that miss the 15-team cut-off will be put on a waiting list in the order of submission. Teams on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to participate if a selected team must surrender its place in the program prior to the first training day.

The funding application will be available soon in the Grants Management Enterprise (GME).

Understanding the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey: Data Collection, Analysis and Use

This interactive and practical training is designed for those who oversee or administer the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey. The PSO Survey, conducted one year after students exit high school, is required to be completed by districts and charter schools who serve students with disabilities ages 16 and over each year between June 1st and September 30th. Upon completion of the training participants will:
understand requirements for the PSO Survey
be skilled in conducting the survey and inputting responses
know how to incorporate suggested tips and techniques to insure that data collection is meaningful and results obtained are useful.

Who Should Attend: School Staff new to Post School Outcomes
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Arizona Department of Education
3100 N. West St.
Suite 300
Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 11, 2015 @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM


TBI 303 — Contemporary Issues after Brain Injury Executive Functioning and Transition for Success in Adulthood

This 2-part workshop will include two, 3-hour presentations from agency professionals who will focus on (1) Assessing Executive Functioning and Implications for College and Career Readiness and (2) Secondary Transition: From Kickball to College: Voc Rehab, Adult Programs, and Post-Secondary Education. The format for the sessions will be short-format lecture with open discussion, ongoing Q&A sessions throughout, and include interactive opportunities to review relevant assessments and resources. All materials will be provided.

You must have taken TBI 100 (mTBI/Concussion) OR TBI 101 (Introduction to TBI) prior to this workshop.

Who Should Attend: Administrators; Directors of Special Education; Elementary/Secondary Principals; School Counselors; Speech/Language Pathologists; Parents, Foster Parents, Guardians; Secure Care Staff; General Education Teachers — all grade levels; Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals; School Psychologists; School Nurses and Health Asistants; Occupational and Physical Therapists; Other Community Agency Staff working w/Children; Support Personnel (bus drivers, clerical staff)

Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Register for TBI 303 at the ADE Events Registration page.

Part 1 of 2

Apache Middle School
3305 E. Fry Blvd.
Library/Media Center
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

 Jan 8, 2016 @ 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Part 2 of 2

Apache Middle School
3305 E. Fry Blvd.
Library/Media Center
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 

 Jan 9, 2016 @ 8:30 – 11:30 AM


Family Resource Center
(Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Jan 16, 2016 @ 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Dine College
1 Circle Dr.
Ned Hatathli Center
3rd Floor Conference Room
Tsaile, AZ 86556

Jan 29, 2016 @ 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304

Feb 9, 2016 @ 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM