2015 Directors Institute

Please visit the Directors Institute website: http://www.azed.gov/special-education/2015-directors-institute/.

Coach for Success

In collaboration with WestEd, Arizona Department of Education’s K–12 Academic Standards and Exceptional Student Services will be hosting a three-session coaching training. This coaching training will prepare staff placed in coaching situations to use a process of observation and analysis in a variety of settings to provide feedback to guide improvement of the implementation of effective instructional strategies.

Professional development and coaching will be provided on a five-step coaching process. Participants will learn coaching strategies that include theoretical and skill applications that will support direct, facilitative, and blended coaching models. Participants will attain knowledge and to manage and lead others. The strategies learned will help schools and districts move toward a collective responsibility for student learning and results.

Initial Training
June 4–5, 2015

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Room 311–312

Follow-Up Training
August 20, 2015

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Room 311–312

September 22, 2015
Time—To Be Announced

Registration cost is $415 per person. This covers three training days and the webinar.

To register go to: http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=4113

Teachers’ Institute — Aiming for Greatness

Please visit the Teachers’ Institute website!

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

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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, Celeste.Nameth@azed.gov
Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services

Resources for School Choice

In this presentation, we examine school choice and give you resources to help you make the best decision for your family. This presentation is brought to you by the Arizona Department of Education and Raising Special Kids.

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Spotlight on Assistive Technology

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Click on one of the titles below to register for an Assistive Technology workshop.
Therese Willkomm in:
“Simple AT Solutions”
‘AT Solutions in Minutes’ with Therese Willkomm, PhD. Dr. Willkomm is an occupational therapist who is known as ‘the MacGyver of AT’- and after spending a day with her, you will know why! Dr. Willkomm will discuss and demonstrate DIY assistive technology projects that can be made quickly and inexpensively using common materials you can find at your local hardware store, including PVC pipe, corrugated plastics, new Velcro materials, and double sided tapes.

October 24, 2014
at Arizona Department of Education
1535 W Jefferson 3rd Floor, Phoenix

Tony Vincent in:
“iPads in the Classroom”
iPads are finding their way into the hands of excited teachers and students since thousands of useful apps and superb accessibility options make these devices popular. Bring your own iPad to get hands-on time with Tony Vincent as he guides you through using some of the best apps around. Tony will share sample activities across various subject areas grade levels K-8 and you’ll learn how iPads can personalize learning and engage all students. Special education and apps can certainly go hand-in-hand!
January 13, 2015
at Arizona Department of Education
1535 W Jefferson 3rd Floor, Phoenix

Penny Reed in:
“Assistive Technology Assessment”
Are you confused about your responsibility to provide assistive technology devices and services? Are you frustrated with delays in obtaining AT assessments from sources outside of your district or with the cost of those assessments? Are you looking for an efficient, effective way to determine a student’s need for assistive technology? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop will present a team-based model for completing assistive technology considerations and assessment. It begins with a brief overview of the laws related to the provision of assistive technology in the schools. A simple, easy-to follow system of AT considerations of IEP teams will be demonstrated. Then an assistive technology assessment process will be explained. This assessment process includes three stages: information gathering, decision making, and trial implementation. Specific, easy-to-follow forms will be provided. There will be opportunities for guided practice and feedback throughout the day.
May 6, 2015
at Arizona Department of Education
3300 N. Central Ave, 16th Floor, Phoenix