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.



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 (bus drivers, clerical staff)
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Register for TBI 100 at the ADE Events Registration page.

CENTRAL MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304

Sep 23, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 11:30AM

CENTRAL MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304

Sep 23, 2014 @ 12:30PM – 4:00PM

EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212

Feb 10, 2015 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM


EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212

Feb 11, 2015 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM



Assistive Technology – Tech for Learning Community

The ADE/ESS Assistive Technology Team presents a grant funded professional development opportunity for district or charter schools each school year. If your school is interested in applying for this grant for the 2015-2016 school year, please contact atinfo@azed.gov for more information.

To lay the foundation for capacity building and systemic change in their schools, teams of educators known as Tech for Learning Communities (TLCs) will participate in 13 days of training workshops in fundamentals of assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning during the school year 2014-2015. Training will be conducted by internationally recognized leaders of assistive technology (AT) with support provided by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), AT Team. All team members are expected to contribute to the training of other education professionals in the home public education agency (PEA).

2013-2014 TLC Training Calendar and Venue
Getting Started: Fundamentals of AT Service Delivery
with Chris Bugaj
September 17-18, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton, Flagstaff
AT Tools & Strategies for Motor & Simple Solutions
with Matthew Press and Therese Wilkomm
October 22-23, 2014 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Writing
with Kelly Fonner
December 3-4, 2013 Westward Look Resort, Tucson
Mobile Learning; AT Tools & Strategies for Hearing and Vision
with Tony Vincent, Ingrid McBride, and Faye Gonazlez
January 14-15, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Reading
with Scott Marfilius
February 11-12, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Math, AAC Visual Support and Organization
with Harold Campbell, Mary Keeney, Bruce Kennedy and Ann Gortarez
March 11-12, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
Wrapping it Up
with Penny Reed
May 7, 2015 ADE/ESS Office
3300 North Central Ave., Phoenix

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Assistive Technology training events, please add your e-mail address to our contact list here.


Back to Assistive Technology page.

Back to ESS Calendar.



TBI 101 – Can’t You See Me? or TBI – The Invisible Disability

This overview workshop will include basic information on acquired brain injuries including types, incidence, prevalence, and leading causes. Based on understanding brain-behavior relationships, we will review signs and symptoms of brain injury and discuss impacts in the classroom. Focus will be on formal and informal assessments to identify assets/deficits due to injury and appropriate academic strategies to support the student in the classroom and community. The adult education format will be lecture, dialogue, video, small/large group discussions and includes a case study of a student with TBI. All training materials provided.

Who Should Attend: Administrators; Directors of Special Education; Secondary and Elementary Principals; School Nurses; School Counselors; Speech/Language Pathologists; Parents; General Education Teachers–All Grade Levels; Special Education Teachers and Aides; School Psychologists; Occupational and Physical Therapists; Any Agency Professionals Working with Children.
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Register for TBI 101 at the ADE Events Registration page.

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 Sept. 17, 2014 training for full credit

Sep 16, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM

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 Sept. 16, 2014 training for full credit

Sep 17, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM

NORTHEASTERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Blue Ridge School District
Blue Ridge High School Library
1200 W. White Mountain Blvd.
Lakeside, AZ

Sep 20, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM

NORTHERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center — CPLC (Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff AZ 86004

Dec 13, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM

CENTRAL MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304

Dec 16, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM



Next Meeting of Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

Next Meeting of Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

The purpose of SEAP is to provide policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in Arizona. The next meeting is September 16, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm, at the Arizona Department of Education/Central Office, 3300 North Central Avenue, 16th Floor, Room 104, Phoenix, AZ. If you plan to attend, contact the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services for more information at 602-542-4013.



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