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.


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)
: 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

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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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

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

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.

Public Comment Sought on Disproportionality in Special Education

The US Department of Education is requesting public comment on actions it should take in addressing disproportionality related to race and ethnicity among special education populations. This issue may affect the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities. Comments will be accepted through July 31, 2014, related to several questions: proposed regulations regarding a standard approach to determination and other possible actions and research. Click HERE to download a copy of the Federal Register document that requested public comment (published June 19, 2014). And to make your comments, go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Then type in Special Ed Disproportionality on the search line.

AzTAP’s 16th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute

The only statewide Assistive Technology conference is scheduled for July 21 & 22 at the Arizona Grand Resort. There are so many great reasons to attend AzTAP’s  16th annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute, including:

  • A diverse and exciting schedule of local and out-of-state presentations on a wide range of topics related to AT in the public schools
  • A vibrant vendor hall with more than 50 AT vendors
  • Keynote speakers Haben Girma and Carolyn Phillips
  • Sit-down luncheon with lots of opportunity to network with other teachers and therapists  interested in AT
  • Fabulous door prizes

Visit the registration site: http://aztap.org/conference/registration


Competition Announced for Improving Students’ Postsecondary and Job Outcomes

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has announced a new competition in the Federal Register. The competition will select an organization to establish and operate a National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities. Because many students with disabilities continue to struggle in completing high school and gaining the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, OSERS and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) are collaborating to support this technical assistance center. The center will coordinate its expertise and resources and build capacity by implementing evidence-based practices and strategies in state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and vocational rehabilitation (VR) service agencies.

The Federal Register notice can be accessed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-02/pdf/2014-15437.pdf. This competition is open to SEAs, LEAs (including charter schools that are considered LEAs under state law), VR agencies, institutes of higher education (IHEs), other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, outlying areas, freely associated states, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and for-profit organizations. The Department intends to fund one project for $2.5 million a year for 5 years. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Monday, August 18, 2014.

Second Annual Teachers’ Institute

Please visit the Second Annual Teachers’ Institute page for more information about this event.

Excellent Educators for All Initiative Announced

The Department of Education (ED) has recently posted a new press release about the announced teacher equity initiative. The initiative is aimed at helping states and school districts support great educators for the students who need them most–low-income students in high-need schools. To read the press release, go to http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-initiative-provide-all-students-access-great-educators. To read the letter addressed to the chief state school officers, click here.