Universal Design for Learning Institute

March 12–13, 2015
Pendergast Learning Center
3841 N. 91st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85037

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing flexible curriculum, instruction, and materials that are accessible to all students. The training will introduce the principles of UDL and present information on a framework to reduce barriers and maximize learning opportunities for all students.

Presenter Jeff McCormick, MS, is the Program Director for the Universal Design for Learning Center at OCALI in Columbus, Ohio.  Jeff presents at schools, universities, and state and national conferences on topics ranging from universal design for learning, technology integration, and educational project deployment at state levels. He has created on-line training modules for UDL that will be available throughout the year to institute participants at no additional cost.UDL March

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.


Public Notice Regarding Application for Federal Funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is applying for federal funding under IDEA ‘04 for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  The eligibility document serves as the basis for the operation and administration of activities to carry out the requirements of Part B of the IDEA.  In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 300.165 and 441 (b)(7), the federal regulations that implement the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) ((20 U.S.C. §1232d(b)(7)(B)), this application is posted for public participation and comment.

The Application document sets forth policies and procedures that Arizona will undertake:

  • to ensure that all eligible children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to meet their unique needs;
  • to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;
  • to assist public education agencies in providing for the education of all children with disabilities; and
  • to assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate those children.

The Part B State Application and Interactive Spreadsheet are available to parents, educators, and members of the general public for review and comment at the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services, 3300 N. Central Avenue, 24th floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, or on the ADE website at www.azed.gov/special-education.  


Comments may be submitted in writing until May 4, 2015 to:

Angela M. Denning, M.Ed
Deputy Associate Superintendent
Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Email: angela.denning@azed.gov

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

Location Date/Time
Part 1 of 2 — Please register for 3/4/15 training as well
Kyrene Unified School District
District Administrative Center
8700 S. Kyrene Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Mar 3, 2015 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM
Part 2 of 2 — Please register for 3/3/15 training as well
Kyrene Unified School District
District Administrative Center
8700 S. Kyrene Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Mar 4, 2015 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM
Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center – CPLC (Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Mar 7, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 3:30PM
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304
May 5, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 3:00PM


SELECT Summer 2015 Courses

SELECT (Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching) is a federally funded program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education and offered by the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University. SELECT courses are entirely online and are recommended for special and general education teachers, administrators, related service personnel, and para-educators. Certified school personnel can take SELECT classes for renewal hours. SELECT classes can be taken for university credit by those teachers or administrators who are required by their school districts to have official transcripts and for those who may need to transfer hours to another district or out of state. The classes also can be taken for professional growth contact hours for free.

Summer 2015 enrollment is now open. See the “SELECT Summer 2015 At-A-Glance” schedule to view a listing of available courses beginning in June. If you have questions regarding enrollment or if you would like to see a course syllabus, contact SELECT at SELECT@nau.edu; 928-523-9250 or 928-523-1809. You may also register for Professional Growth online at http://nau.edu/SBS/IHD/Programs/SELECT-Professional-Growth/.


Using AzCIS for Education and Career Planning

The online planning resource and tool, AzCIS, is provided for K-12 Arizona educators to use for college and career readiness and for students to build and maintain their ECAPs.

Review the list below for the locations, times, and sessions.

  • Select the one(s) that meet your needs.
  • The cost is only $50 per participant.
  • Follow the directions to register.
  • You will receive more detailed information once you have registered.

Training Dates, Times, Locations, Sessions:

Tucson Area @ Marana High School Computer Lab
February 23, 2015 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Middle School Users
February 23, 2015 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. High School Intermediate Users

Tucson Area @ Rincon High School Computer Lab T-8
February 24, 2015 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. High School Intermediate Users
February 24, 2015 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. High School Advanced Users

Phoenix @ West-MEC in Glendale
February 25, 2015 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. High School Intermediate Users
February 25, 2015 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. High School Advanced Users
February 26, 2015 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. High School Intermediate Users
February 26, 2015 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. Middle School Users
February 27, 2015 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. High School Intermediate Users
February 27, 2015 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. High School Advanced Users

Who Should Attend: The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services is offering a variety of workshop-trainings for AzCIS intermediate or advanced users in middle school or high school.
***These workshops are not designed for beginning users.

Writing a Secondary IEP for Transition Using Best Practices Workshop

This interactive workshop assists participants in applying information from previous secondary transition training(s) conducted by our ADE/ESS transition specialists to specific students’ needs. The expectation is that participants attending this training will come with a foundation of Indicator 13 knowledge. After a quick review of Indicator 13 components (with specific best practices examples), specialists will assist participants in reviewing their IEPs to answer four key questions designed to improve transition plans.

Who Should Attend: School Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Educators, General Educators, Parents, Youth/Young Adults, and Community Services Providers
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Location: ADE Tucson

400 W. Congress, Room 158

Tucson, AZ 85701

Date and Time:  Friday, February 13 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Click here to register on the Events Registration page.


ADE Special Education Certificate Changes Webinar

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar. We hope that you can join us for this learning opportunity.

ADE Special Education Certification Changes
This webinar will explain changes to special education certification that will be effective January 1, 2016. Reciprocity and proficiency exams will also be discussed.
Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Space is limited.
Reserve your webinar seat now at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/770619782.