Special Education Focus Groups

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), is inviting people who are passionate about special education to participate in focus groups throughout Arizona to learn about, discuss, and help inform the State Systemic Improvement Plan—the SSIP.

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Please visit the ADE Events Registration page to register for a focus group near you.



INFORMATION: ADE/ESS Offers New RDA Grant and Other Supports

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) is excited to offer two new supports to the field for the 2014-2015 school year:

1)      To implement OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability (RDA) vision, ESS will offer a criteria-based RDA Implementation Grant to assist districts and charters in creating professional development plans that lead to increased academic achievement for students with disabilities. This grant will provide funds to implement items needed to sustain changes in teacher practices and student gains, including team time, materials, presenters, evaluation tools, and monitoring resources. Capacity coaches will be provided to all awardees to assist the district teams in the grant implementation.

2)      In collaboration with ADE’s K-12 Standards, ESS created a request for proposal (RFP) to identify qualified educational service providers that offer research-proven services to assist districts and charters in implementing effective professional development and measuring progress toward achievable, sustained outcomes. Note that this is not an all-inclusive list; it includes only those educational service providers who chose to submit materials for review upon invitation. Arizona is a local control state that allows all charters and districts the freedom to choose their own professional development providers, including those not awarded through this RFP process.

For more information on both of these new supports, please join Exceptional Student Services for a webinar on Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MST at https://student.gototraining.com/r/7087794260575985408



Special Education Rule Committee 8/18/14 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 August 18, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the August 18 meeting.



2015 IDEA Basic Entitlement Allocations for Arizona Public Schools – NEW POSTING

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services Funding and Finance Unit have re-posted the 2015 IDEA Basic Entitlement allocations for Arizona public schools. The new posting is due to new calculations for district-sponsored charter schools. All other allocations remain the same. The allocation list can be accessed at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/funding/.

The 2015 IDEA application is currently being developed in the ADEConnect grants management system (GME). The ESS Funding and Finance Unit will notify grantees, via the ESS listserv and Director’s Corner, when the grant application is available. The grants management system will have information on the status of the application posted on the GME homepage as well.

Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services
Funding and Finance Unit
ESSFunding@azed.gov



State Holiday

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services will be closed for business on the following days.  Information provided by State of Arizona Human Resources page.

State Holidays

Calendar Year 2013

HOLIDAY DATE OBSERVED
New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day Monday, January 21
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day Monday, February 18
Memorial Day Monday, May 27
Independence Day Thursday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 2
Columbus Day Monday, October 14
Veterans’ Day Monday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25

** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.

Calendar Year 2014

HOLIDAY DATE OBSERVED
New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day Monday, January 20
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day Monday, February 17
Memorial Day Monday, May 26
Independence Day Friday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 1
Columbus Day Monday, October 13
Veterans’ Day Tuesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25

** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.

 


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Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference

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Please visit Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference page for more information about this event.



President Signs New Autism CARES Act into Law

President Barack Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (or the Autism CARES Act) on August 8, 2014. This Act reauthorizes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2006. It is tailored to help expand research, awareness, surveillance, interdisciplinary training, and support and involves efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To read a summary of this new law, go to http://www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2014/08/autism-cares-act-summary.pdf.



IDEA Completion Reports

Completion reports are now available for the grants listed below:
IDEA Basic
IDEA – Charter School Expansion Act
IDEA – Emergency
IDEA – High Cost Child

You can access the completion reports through ADEConnect from the ADE Homepage.

Important points to remember before starting completion reports:

  • Completion Report(s) must be completed in the new Grants Management System.
  • Completion Report(s) initiated in the old system may require re-entry or revision.
  • All reimbursement requests must be in paid status.
    • If you have a reimbursement request that is still waiting for ADE approval or to be paid, contact Grants Management for review of any issues that might be present.
  • All revisions must be completed as you will not be able to revise the project once the status has been changed to completion report draft started.
  • Click on CR Draft Started to begin the completion report process.
  • Complete all sections, paying close attention to Warning Messages.

Questions can be e-mailed to ESSFunding@azed.gov or call 602-542-3851.



Mentees & Mentors needed for New Special Education Director Mentor Program

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services will offer a mentoring program for new special education directors for the 2014-2015 school year. A “new special education director” is defined as a special education administrator who has served in this role for one or two years. If you are a new special education director and you are interesting in participating in this program, please find the mentee application attached to this email.

Additionally, ADE/ESS is seeking qualified mentors for the Arizona New Special Education Director Mentor Program. Mentors must have at least three years of experience serving as a special education director in order to apply. The mentor’s role is to provide ongoing support and assistance to mentees, as well as share his or her knowledge and skills throughout the school year in order to build confidence, competence, and awareness of the various demands of being a special education director. A stipend of $200 will be offered to mentors. Attached, please find the mentor application.

Please note the deadline for submission of all materials is Friday, September 5, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Aaroe at lisa.aaroe@azed.gov.

Mentor Application Mentee Application


Tour UDL Resources with the National Center on Universal Design for Learning

If you’d like to learn more about universal design for learning, a good place to start is with Take a tour of UDL Resources. This link will lead you to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning’s added pages about universal design to build your own background knowledge and skill and those of your teachers. UDL is based on a variety of fields—education, psychology, and neuroscience—and is organized around three learning networks of the brain. After exploring all these resources, you’ll be more informed and up to date in this field.


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