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.

 



Special Education Rule Committee 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 7, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the March 7 meeting. Also attached is the flowchart the Committee uses for the decision-making process and the crosswalk between Arizona rules and Federal regulations.



The Nuts and Bolts of Co-Teaching Webinar

What is co-teaching? Attend this webinar to learn the main elements of co-teaching including delivery options available to implement co-teaching. Further discussion points include: the importance of co-planning and compatibility; administrative support, and professional development.

Event: click here for the webinar link
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM MST
Cost: Free



Surrogate Parent Training

Tuesday, March 4
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

OR

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pima County Juvenile Court
Training Center
2225 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ  85713

What is a surrogate parent and why does a student need one?

A surrogate parent represents the rights of a student who is currently receiving special education, or is being considered for special education eligibility, when no other adult is available or has the legal authority.

How many children does the program serve?

The surrogate parent program currently serves over 200 students across the State with new applications received every month. These students need adult volunteers to represent them as special education decisions are made.

How can I become a surrogate parent volunteer?

Volunteers must attend a workshop on the Surrogate Parent Program and complete a state and federal background clearance check. The workshop will teach volunteers about the special education process in Arizona. Volunteers must submit fingerprints to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and be issued a fingerprint clearance card in order to serve as a surrogate parent. Volunteers may be reimbursed up to $65 for the cost of the fingerprint clearance card.

Where can I get more information about the surrogate parent program?

Email:  surrogateparents@azed.gov
Telephone:  602-364-3984
Web:  www.azed.gov/special-education/special-projects/surrogate-parents/
Candice Trainor, Surrogate Parent Program Coordinator

To register for this training, please visit this link: http://goo.gl/9uLzGf

Surrogate Parent Volunteer Training flyer



October 1st Census Timelines

Friday, February 28, 2014:

All special education census data is due in SAIS by 5:00 p.m. The final SPED07 report will be based on the data in SAIS as of 5:00 p.m. on this date.

May 9, 2014

PEAs whose final counts do not reconcile will be notified and asked to complete the non-reconciliation portion of the census process by close of business on May 9, 2014.

For questions regarding Census Verification, please contact ESSDataMgmt@azed.gov.



Kagan Dynamic Trainer Workshop

Why has Laurie Kagan’s Dynamic Trainer course become among the most popular courses ever offered by Kagan? Educational and business trainers rave about this fresh, dynamic approach to training adults. Must-know training concepts and techniques are interwoven with Kagan Structures to create unforgettable trainings every time. Come expecting to be physically engaged and mentally stimulated throughout this high-powered session. Regardless of what you train, this institute will empower you to create dynamic presentations based on multiple intelligences, brain compatible learning, and cooperative learning. Participants will have more fun, learn more, and remember more of what you have to share. If you are a skilled trainer, come sharpen your skills. If you are an aspiring trainer, come learn the tricks of the trade.

Presenter: Laurie Kagan

Event date: February 26, 2014

Event location:

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Event time: 8:30 AM – 3:45 PM

Registration and breakfast: 8:00 AM

Cost: $249.00 per person (includes breakfast and lunch)

Included in the registration fee is a one-day follow-up presented by ADE personnel:

For ADE Staff Only – one-day follow-up presentation

April 21, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:45 PM
3300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
16th Floor, Rooms 100-101

For School Staff Only – one-day follow-up presentation

May 1, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:45 PM
Disability Empowerment Center
5025 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Register at:

http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3377

Contact Linda Mosteller at linda.mosteller@azed.gov if there are questions.