OSEP Request for Information On Use of Results Data for Determinations

Request for Information on the Use of Results Data in Making Determinations Under Sections 616(d)(2) and 642 of Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is requesting stakeholder input on how best to use results data (e.g., performance on assessments, graduation rates, and early childhood outcomes) in its accountability system under the IDEA. We believe that the Department must provide greater support to States’ efforts to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities (children with disabilities). We need to ensure that States focus not only on complying with provisions of the law, but also on improving results for children with disabilities.

Dates: Responses must be received by April 25, 2014.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-26/html/2014-06730.htm



Joint Initiative Aims to Help Young Children Be Healthy and Flourish

A number of federal agencies, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, have begun a new effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. The initiative, Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, is a coordinated effort that draws heavily on previous developmental and behavioral screening efforts by consolidating materials. Tools are available at this website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/watch-me-thrive. The initiative will help families and providers celebrate milestones, promote universal screening, identify delays and concerns early, and enhance development supports. The group has also published a list of research-based developmental screening tools appropriate for use across a wide range of settings.



New Framework for Family and Community Engagement Announced at Conference

At the National Family and Community Engagement Conference, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the release of the The Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships. Dual capacity refers to the two-way process: (1) teaching school staff to effectively engage parents and (2) teaching parents to work successfully with schools to increase student achievement. Designed to spark interest in developing adult involvement, the framework provides a model that schools can use to build effective community engagement and make schools the center of our communities. For more information on the Dual Capacity Framework, as well as an introductory video from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, see the website at www.ed.gov/family-and-community-engagement.



Special Education Rule Committee 3/31/14 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 March 31, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the March 31 meeting. Also attached is a draft of suggested child find rules in a crosswalk format for review and feedback.



Transforming Special Education

On February 28, 2014, Angela Denning, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) section, presented “Transforming Special Education in Arizona” at the 2014 AZCEC and AZCASE Annual Conference.  During the session, Ms. Denning described the changing expectations of special education at the national level from a system of accountability focused primarily on compliance to one that puts more emphasis on results and improved student outcomes.  Ms. Denning introduced the new vision and mission statements for ADE/ESS as well as specific initiatives to provide support and services to the education community.

Vision Statement

  • All students are well prepared for the next step at every point
  • Establish a System of Supports that wraps around each Arizona special educator so he/she is well prepared to meet the needs of every student.

Mission Statement

  • Exceptional Student Services provides high quality service that builds capacity to improve outcomes for all students.

Some of the key initiatives ADE/ESS has adopted to address to the shift of focus at the national level include:

  • Redesign of the Arizona Promising Practices website
  • Revision to the Monitoring System
  • Increased collaboration between general educators and special educators to focus on effective secondary transition planning through the Arizona College and Career Ready Team Training project
  • Adoption of new Special Education Certificates to increase rigor in college programs for pre-service teachers and improve reciprocity for candidates from outside of Arizona


Talk with ADE and SEAA Meetings

April 4, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Talk with ADE Meeting, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

SEAA Meeting, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

There are two ways to attend the Talk with ADE (agenda attached) and SEAA meetings. You can attend the meetings in person or join the meetings via webinar.

If you are attending the meetings in person:

The physical meetings will be held at
Arizona Department of Education
3300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
16th floor, room 104

Parking:
See the attachment for parking information. Remember to bring your parking ticket stub to the meetings to have it validated.

If you are joining the meetings via webinar:
The meetings also will be available by webinar, which allows for remote participation using your computer and telephone (or only the telephone). Read the instructions below to participate remotely. Note that advance registration is required.

Register for Talk with ADE and SEAA meetings on Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST at:

https://student.gototraining.com/r/8458128793913282560

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and directions on how to join the meetings. Space is limited.

Talk with ADE Agenda
Parking Instructions
Restaurants Near 3300 Tower

Materials from Today’s Meeting

Introduction to New ESS Monitoring System
Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey
Funding Unit – ADEConnect and MOE



Competitive Tuition Assistance Grants Available

The Exceptional Student Services, Professional Learning and Sustainability, Recruitment and Retention (ESS/PLS/R&R) Unit will soon release two tuition assistance grants for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

Paraprofessional Tuition Assistance (PTAG)

An Arizona school district or nonprofit charter school with a current or anticipated need for special education, early childhood special education, or related service staff may apply for an eligible paraprofessional with the desire and motivation to complete college coursework requirements for a(n):

  • Associate’s degree or the speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) technical coursework required for the SLPA license issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS); or
  • Bachelor’s degree in:
    • Early childhood special education;
    • Special education; or
    • An area of related service: speech-language (SL); occupational therapy (OT); or physical therapy (PT) sciences.

This competitive grant will pay for college tuition and textbooks for a special education paraprofessional or aide to a related services provider who works with your students with disabilities.

General Education to Special Education Tuition (GEtSEt)

An Arizona school district or nonprofit charter school with a current or anticipated special education teacher need may apply for an eligible general education teacher with the desire and motivation to complete certification requirements for the:

  • Cross-Categorical Special Education, K–12 Certificate for disabilities commonly known as high incidence disabilities (to become Mild to Moderate Professional Teaching Certificate on or about January 1, 2016);
  • Early Childhood Special Education, Birth–5 Years Certificate; or
  • Severely and Profoundly Disabled Special Education, K–12 Certificate for disabilities commonly known as low incidence disabilities (to become Severe and Profound Professional Teaching Certificate on or about January 1, 2016).

This competitive grant will pay for one-half of the college tuition required for an eligible general education teacher to pursue a career change to become a special education teacher.

If you have any questions about the grant please contact Celia Kujawski, IDEA Capacity Building Grant Coordinator, at 602-542-4610 or email Celia.Kujawski@azed.gov.



Meeting Indicator 13 Transition Requirements Using Interagency Collaboration for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

This is a co-presented session by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services and the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities designed specifically for developing and implementing IEPs that include transition planning for students with intellectual disabilities. The session will include a review of the required transition components for Indicator 13 and examples of age-appropriate transition assessments, goals and activities specific to this population. There is a strong focus on career options for this population using interagency collaboration.

April 2, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

ACCEL
Multi-Purpose Room
10251 N. 35th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Register for this event here.

Visit the Secondary Transition page.

Please contact Jeannette Zemeida if you have questions about this program.



Mentoring New Special Education Teachers: Theory and Best Practices

During this Webinar, participants will learn research and best practices for effective mentoring of special education teachers who are in their first or second year of practice. Local Education Agencies will also join this Webinar to discuss their current mentoring programs.

Title: Mentoring New Special Education Teachers: Theory and best practices
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM MST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/702165326



Special Education Rule Committee 3/17/14 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 March 17, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the March 17 meeting.