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



Facilitated IEP Trainings

The Arizona Department of Education/Dispute Resolution Unit is excited to bring facilitated individualized education program (IEP) trainings to Arizona beginning in the fall of the 2014-2015 school year.

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.

TRAINING DATES, LOCATIONS, and TIMES:

August 19 – 20 – Mohave County
September 4 – 5 – Pinal County
September 9 – 10 – Yuma County
October 15 – 16 – Yavapai County
October 28 – 29 – Apache County
November 4 – 5 – Navajo County
December 2 – 3 – Cochise County

(Breakfast and lunch will be provided)
Sign-in: 8:30 – 9:00
Event: 9:00 – 4:00

Click here to select the date and location you want to attend.

Who Should Attend: Any school personnel involved in a student’s IEP including special education and general education teachers, district representatives, and school psychologists.
Contact: Amy Dill @ 602-542-7579



Breaking the Code: Deciphering the Discipline Procedures in the IDEA

This comprehensive half-day training is designed as an interactive experience for participants to learn the ins and outs of the discipline procedures outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It’s a perfect training for any administrators, special educators, and others who are involved in disciplining students with disabilities and who want to make sure they are following the law.

The presenters will reinforce what you know, introduce you to what you don’t know, and challenge what you thought you knew.

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=3650

Event Dates and Locations:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Arizona Department of Education, 3100 N. West Street 3300, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Friday, October 3, 2014
Arizona Department of Education, 1535 West Jefferson, Room 311, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Cost: Free

2014 Evidence-Based Practice in Disability Disciplines Conference

Please visit the conference website for more information: http://nau.edu/SBS/IHD/Research/2014-EBP-Conference/.

Twenty-fifth Annual Directors Institute

Directors Institute

Please visit the 2014 Directors Institute page for more information about this event.



Assistive Technology – Tech for Learning Community

The ADE/ESS Assistive Technology Team presents a grant funded professional development opportunity for district or charter schools each school year. If your school is interested in applying for this grant for the 2015-2016 school year, please contact atinfo@azed.gov for more information.

To lay the foundation for capacity building and systemic change in their schools, teams of educators known as Tech for Learning Communities (TLCs) will participate in 13 days of training workshops in fundamentals of assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning during the school year 2014-2015. Training will be conducted by internationally recognized leaders of assistive technology (AT) with support provided by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), AT Team. All team members are expected to contribute to the training of other education professionals in the home public education agency (PEA).

2013-2014 TLC Training Calendar and Venue
Getting Started: Fundamentals of AT Service Delivery
with Chris Bgaj
September 17-18, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton, Flagstaff
AT Tools & Strategies for Motor & Simple Solutions
with Matthew Press and Therese Wilkomm
October 22-23, 2014 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Writing
with Kelly Fonner
December 3-4, 2013 Westward Look Resort, Tucson
Mobile Learning; AT Tools & Strategies for Hearing and Vision
with Tony Vincent, Ingrid McBride, and Faye Gonazlez
January 14-15, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Reading
with Scott Marfilius
February 11-12, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Math, AAC Visual Support and Organization
with Harold Campbell, Mary Keeney, Bruce Kennedy and Ann Gortarez
March 11-12, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
Wrapping it Up
with Penny Reed
May 7, 2015 ADE/ESS Office
3300 North Central Ave., Phoenix

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Assistive Technology training events, please add your e-mail address to our contact list here.


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INFORMATION: ADE/ESS Offers New RDA Grant and Other Supports

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) is excited to offer two new supports to the field for the 2014-2015 school year:

1)      To implement OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability (RDA) vision, ESS will offer a criteria-based RDA Implementation Grant to assist districts and charters in creating professional development plans that lead to increased academic achievement for students with disabilities. This grant will provide funds to implement items needed to sustain changes in teacher practices and student gains, including team time, materials, presenters, evaluation tools, and monitoring resources. Capacity coaches will be provided to all awardees to assist the district teams in the grant implementation.

2)      In collaboration with ADE’s K-12 Standards, ESS created a request for proposal (RFP) to identify qualified educational service providers that offer research-proven services to assist districts and charters in implementing effective professional development and measuring progress toward achievable, sustained outcomes. Note that this is not an all-inclusive list; it includes only those educational service providers who chose to submit materials for review upon invitation. Arizona is a local control state that allows all charters and districts the freedom to choose their own professional development providers, including those not awarded through this RFP process.

For more information on both of these new supports, please join Exceptional Student Services for a webinar on Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MST at https://student.gototraining.com/r/7087794260575985408



State Holiday

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services will be closed for business on the following days.  Information provided by State of Arizona Human Resources page.

State Holidays

Calendar Year 2013

HOLIDAY DATE OBSERVED
New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day Monday, January 21
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day Monday, February 18
Memorial Day Monday, May 27
Independence Day Thursday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 2
Columbus Day Monday, October 14
Veterans’ Day Monday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25

** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.

Calendar Year 2014

HOLIDAY DATE OBSERVED
New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day Monday, January 20
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day Monday, February 17
Memorial Day Monday, May 26
Independence Day Friday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 1
Columbus Day Monday, October 13
Veterans’ Day Tuesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25

** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.

 


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Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference

Tiger Border

Please visit Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference page for more information about this event.



President Signs New Autism CARES Act into Law

President Barack Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (or the Autism CARES Act) on August 8, 2014. This Act reauthorizes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2006. It is tailored to help expand research, awareness, surveillance, interdisciplinary training, and support and involves efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To read a summary of this new law, go to http://www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2014/08/autism-cares-act-summary.pdf.