INFORMATION: Employment First April 29 Webinar

The Arizona Employment First Strategic Planning Committee recorded a webinar on April 29, 2015, to provide an update on the work the Committee has been involved in over the past year. Members of the Planning Committee presented an overview of the draft Strategic Plan key directions developed from the input received from stakeholders who attended a series of Community Forums held across the state in 2014.

The webinar can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=55525217aadebe0f945914e3.

The PowerPoint has been saved as a PDF and can be downloaded here along with the draft of the Employment First Strategic Plan Book.



Facilitated IEP Trainings

The Arizona Department of Education/Dispute Resolution Unit is excited to present the first Facilitated IEP training of 2015.

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.

There is a limit of 50 participants; registration is $75.00 for the two-day training and will include breakfast, lunch, and all training materials.

Sign-in: 8:30 – 9:00
Event: 9:00 – 4:00

Click on Choose and continue to register for this training.

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

 

Safford Unified School District
734 W. 11th Street
Safford, AZ 85546
Mar 9, 2015 – Mar 10, 2015 @ 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Flagstaff Unified School District Family Resource Center
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Mar 31, 2015 – Apr 1, 2015 @ 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Arizona Department of Education
1535 E. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 24, 2015 @ 9:00AM – 4:00PM


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



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

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



Meeting Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) for Special Educators

Team up a special education teacher or leader with a general education teacher or leader and get 50% off one registration!

Throughout the two-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in whole group, small group, and paired collaborative discussions within grade level and content areas to refine collaborative practices between general education and special education and develop and write AZCCRS standards-based Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.

Training Outcomes:
During this two-day workshop, participants will:
• Expand understanding of the AZCCRS for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics in order to develop standards-aligned IEP goals aligned to the student’s AZCCRS present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP)
• Integrate research of how children learn to order to identify areas of need in the development of IEP goals
• Obtain a solid understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to integrate learning into daily practice
• Develop and write standards-aligned IEP goals related to students’ needs as described in the PLAAFP
• Discuss and explore how to use and differentiate assessments based on students’ IEPs to inform instruction
• Explore and use readily available resources, tools, and evidenced-based strategies to support students with disabilities to access the AZCCRS in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics

Please bring laptop or iPad to the training if possible.

Presenters: WestEd

March 23-24, 2015
Registration and breakfast at 7:30 AM

Yuma Union High School District Vista South Campus
221 E. 26th Place
Yuma, AZ 85364
928.502.6780

Breakfast and lunch provided each day for both sessions.

Registration Fee: $125 covers the two-day attendance, or team up a special education teacher or leader with a general education teacher or leader and get 50% off one registration (i.e., $125.00 for the special educator, $62.50 for general educator). Please type ‘discount’ after the payment number when registering the general education teacher or leader.

Make payment payable to Arizona Department of Education.
Mail to:
Arizona Department of Education
Attn: Abby Sanchez
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Who Should Attend: Special education directors, special education teachers, and administrators.
Contact: Linda Mosteller @ 6025424469

Click to register on the ADE Events Registration Page.



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

 

2016 IDEA – EDISA 2

Local education agencies (LEAs) whose district or non-profit charter school EDISA or EDISA-I Tier 2 teams have successfully completed that training in FY 2015 are eligible for a grant to support up to three school teams to participate in the EDISA-2 team training during FY 2016. (EDISA is part of the new Examining Practices process that has replaced the Exceptional Student Services (ESS) six-year monitoring cycle.). The five-member school teams will develop their own school-based, dynamic, sustainable action plans outlining the application of evidence-based practices to be implemented during FY 2017. An additional grant will be available for the schools that have approved plans to assist in the implementation of these plans.



2016 IDEA – EDISA 1

Grants will be available for Arizona school districts and non-profit charter schools  that have been identified by Program Support and Monitoring (PS&M) for team training in examining data to improve student achievement (EDISA) during FY 2016. (EDISA is part of the new Examining Practices process that has replaced the Exceptional Student Services (ESS) six-year monitoring cycle.) These local education agencies (LEAs) will receive training at a central location where several teams will gather or at the district or charter school site, whichever is assigned by PS&M staff). This invitation-only grant will support five staff members from each identified LEA to participate in the team-training program. Each team will develop a dynamic, sustainable action plan outlining the application of evidence-based practices to be implemented during FY 2017. An additional grant will be available to those LEAs that have an approved plan to assist in its implementation.