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


TBI 202 — Assets, Assessment and Analysis: Behaviors After Brain Injury and Neurological Insult

This behavior workshop will include an overview of brain-behavior relationships, the importance of executive functions, and signs/symptoms of brain injury and neurological impairments as observable behaviors. Focus will be on executive functioning, behavior management and determining students’ strengths and assets using a hypothesis testing approach to assess and create appropriate interventions and strategies for use in the classroom and community. The format will be short lecture with open discussion, situation study and one case study with an emphasis on strengthening team interactions.Materials will be provided..

You must have taken TBI 101 prior to this workshop.

Who Should Attend: Administrators; Directors of Special Education; Secondary and Elementary Principals; School Nurses and Health Assistants; School Counselors/Behavior Coaches; School Psychologists; Secure Care Staff; Special and General Education Teachers; Speech/Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physical Therapists; Interested Community Members; Community Agencies working with Children; Parents and Foster Parents; Support Personnel (bus drivers, clerical staff)
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Eastern Maricopa County Regional Training
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 1 of 2, October 21, 2014 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Part 2 of 2, October 22, 2014 4:30 – 8:00 PM

Northeastern Regional Training
Blue Ridge School District
Blue Ridge High School Library
1200 W. White Mountain Blvd.
Lakeside, AZ
October 25, 2014, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Northern Regional Training
Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center – CPLC (Christensen Elementary)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
January 24, 2015, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Central Maricopa County Regional Training
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304
March 10, 2015, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Special Education Rule Committee 10/3/14 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 October 3, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the October 3 meeting.



Special Education Rule Committee 9/12/14 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 September 12, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the September 12 meeting.



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/.

INFORMATION: Review Final Draft of Arizona’s School Readiness Framework

The Arizona Department of Education, along with First Things First, Head Start, West ED, and various school district personnel, has comprised a cohort to create a common definition of school readiness. Arizona’s School Readiness Framework will serve as a document that describes what the adults in a child’s life can provide as supports for the child to prepare him/her for kindergarten.

Through the last year, multiple statewide vettings have been conducted, asking participants (early childhood educators, kindergarten teachers, administrators, directors, parents, librarians, etc.) to review, edit, and provide feedback to Arizona’s School Readiness Framework. The result is a final draft, in which we are inviting you to review a final time in preparation for its completion.

To view the final draft of Arizona’s School Readiness Framework, copy and paste the following link into a new web browser:

http://www10.ade.az.gov/SelectSurveyNET/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=72LK6592

Thank you for your time and commitment to this project. We appreciate your feedback by October 1, 2014.



INFORMATION: Preschool Development Grant

Dear Colleague,

The Arizona Department of Education is planning a submission to Governor Brewer’s Office for the Preschool Development Grant. This is a statewide application with potential benefits for targeted high-needs communities within Arizona. Please see the attached information for more details.

The application does address the needs of children with disabilities as it outlines a requirement for LRE options of higher quality within the high needs communities. It also proposes providing site based coaching to support more inclusionary practices.

We appreciate your support as we move forward with the process.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Amy Corriveau
Deputy Associate Superintendent
Early Childhood Education
Head Start State Collaboration Director
High Academic Standards
Arizona Department of Education
amy.corriveau@azed.gov
602-364-1530



TBI 303 — Contemporary Issues After Brain Injury Executive Functioning and Transition for Success in Adulthood

This 2-part workshop will include two 3-hour presentations from agency professionals who will focus on (1) Assessing Executive Functioning and Implications for College and Career Readiness and (2) Secondary Transition: From School to Adult Services in Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Programs, and Post-Secondary Education. The format for the sessions will be short-format lecture with open discussion, ongoing question and answer sessions throughout, and include interactive opportunities to review relevant assessments and resources. All materials for this training will be provided.

You must have taken TBI 101 prior to this workshop.

Who Should Attend: Administrators; Directors of Special Education; Elementary/Secondary Principals; School Counselors; Speech/Language Pathologists; Parents, Foster Parents, Guardians; Secure Care Staff; General Education Teachers — all grade levels; Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals; School Psychologists; School Nurses and Health Asistants; Occupational and Physical Therapists; Other Community Agency Staff working w/Children; Support Personnel (bus drivers, clerical staff)
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

NORTHERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Blue Ridge School District
Blue Ridge High School Library
1200 W. White Mountain Blvd.
Lakeside, AZ
Nov 15, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 3:30PM Register
EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 1 of 2, Must register for November 19, 2014 training for full credit
Nov 18, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM Register
EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 2 of 2, Must register for November 18, 2014 training for full credit
Nov 19, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM Register
MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING — Focus for SLPs & SLPAs
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 1 of 2, Must register for March 17, 2015 training for full credit
Feb 17, 2015 @ 12:00PM – 3:00PM Register
NORTHERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center – CPLC (Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Mar 7, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 3:30PM Register
MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING — Focus for SLPs & SLPAs
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 2 of 2, Must register for February 17, 2015 training for full credit
Mar 17, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM Register
CENTRAL MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304
May 5, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 3:00PM Register


Twenty-fifth Annual Directors Institute

Directors Institute

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