Understanding the 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 and 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

Location:  Flowing Wells School District

Preschool Building

4605 N. La Cholla Blvd.

Tucson, AZ

Date and Time: February 10, 2015 @ 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Click here to register at the Events Registration page.

De-escalate: Stop the Power Struggle

In this full-day session, participants will learn prevention and de-escalation techniques, as well as the importance of understanding their own emotional states in avoiding power struggles. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and apply these techniques through case studies, role play activities, and real-life discussions and examples and will learn how to make connections to their own emotional reactions and how these reactions relate to their students’ responses. This session is for any school staff members who want to be proficient at de-escalating and avoiding power struggles with students.

Presenters: Kerri Brown, Ph.D., and Donna Morelli, education consultants for the Capital Region Education Council in Hartford, Connecticut

February 4, 2015

Event times: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Event location:
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Room 312
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Registration fee: $115

Register at http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3914


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Teacher Evaluation and Implications for Special Education 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.

Teacher Evaluation and Implications for Special Education
The focus of this webinar is to provide information on the new teacher evaluation. How this evaluation pertains to special education will be highlighted.
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Space is limited.
Reserve your webinar seat now at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/800267854.

Braille Code Changes Meeting: Collaborating to Meet the Educational Needs of Arizona’s Teachers and Students

We are excited to announce an interagency collaboration to develop an effective pathway for introducing the changes from English Braille American Edition (EBAE) to Unified English Braille (UEB). The approaching changes to the Braille Code require that those it impacts and those responsible for addressing those changes gather to plan for its implementation. We want to work as a community and to support the implementation of UEB and are inviting stakeholders to participate in an initial meeting on January 12, 2015 from 9:00-4:00 that will be held at the Arizona Department of Education Building, Room 312, 1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ. A second, follow up meeting has been scheduled for February 9th, 2015 at the Flinn Foundation on 1802 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ if necessary to finalize recommendations made, and invite additional participants. To help us to strategically plan for the needs identified by the group, we have invited a meeting facilitator to help us collaborate effectively.

Some of the questions to be addressed at this meeting are:

  • What is the initiative that is bringing about these changes?
  • Who will these changes impact?
  • What actions need to be taken as a result of decisions made?
  • What additional stakeholders need to be included?

Lunch will not be provided, however time will be allotted to order in, or to go to nearby restaurants.

Event Locations: Arizona Department of Education Building, Room 312, 1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ

Dates and Times: Session 1 January 12, 2015 Session 2 Feb. 9th 2015

Registration Deadline: January 1st, 2015

Registration questions please contact Abby Sanchez 602-364-3026 or abby.sanchez@azed.gov.

Please bring a laptop, tablet or braille notetaker if you need access to written material during the day. Also, indicate if you need materials in an alternative format and the format you prefer (large print, braille, electronic files, ASL interpreter, other).

Who Should Attend: Invitees
Contact: Suzanne Perry @ 602-542-2185

Meeting Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS) for Special Educators

Throughout the two-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage in whole group, small group, and paired collaborative discussions within grade level and content areas to refine collaborative practices between general education and special education and develop and write AZCCRS standards-based Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.

Training Outcomes:
During this two-day workshop, participants will:

  • Expand understanding of the AZCCRS for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics in order to develop standards-aligned IEP goals aligned to the student’s AZCCRS present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP)
  • Integrate research of how children learn to order to identify areas of need in the development of IEP goals
  • Obtain a solid understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to integrate learning into daily practice
  • Develop and write standards-aligned IEP goals related to students’ needs as described in the PLAAFP
  • Discuss and explore how to use and differentiate assessments based on students’ IEPs to inform instruction
  • Explore and use readily available resources, tools, and evidenced-based strategies to support students with disabilities to access the AZCCRS in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics

Please bring laptop or iPad to the training if possible.

Presenters: Sharen Bertrando and Kevin Schaefer
WestEd’s Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI)
Elementary Emphasis:
January 7–8, 2015

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Secondary Emphasis:
March 4–5, 2015

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Breakfast and lunch provided each day for both sessions.

Registration Fee: $175 covers the two-day attendance.

Make payment payable to Arizona Department of Education.
Mail to:
Arizona Department of Education
Attn: Abby Sanchez
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

*At the discretion of Arizona Department of Education staff, ’emergency situations’ are defined as: Illness, accident, etc.

Who Should Attend: Special education directors, special education teachers, and administrators.
Contact: Linda Mosteller @ 602-542-4469

Meeting AZCCRS for Special Educators – Materials Page

Please use the following links to view materials presented at the Meeting Arizona College and Career Ready Standards for Special Educators training held on January 7-8, 2015.

Day 1 PowerPoint
Day 2 PowerPoint

AZCCSS Information Scavenger Hunt A
Math Expanded LPF Part 2 – Grades 5-8
Crosswalk of Common Core Instructional Shifts: ELA/Literacy
Crosswalk of Common Core Instructional Shifts: Mathematics
Standards for Career Ready Practice POSTER
AZ IEP Goal Writing Document
5th Grade Mathematics Standards Placemat/a>

Math Expanded

UDL Guidelines
Broadly Define the Verb
Bulleted Mathematical Practices
What is Not Covered In the Standards

AZCCRs Internet resources short page


If you encounter any issues with these handouts, please contact Linda.Mosteller@azed.gov.

PD OPPORTUNITY: ADE/ESS Recruitment and Retention Offers Three Webinars

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services is pleased to announce two upcoming webinars. We hope that you can join us for these learning opportunities.

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.

Recruitment and Retention Strategies
During this webinar, strategies to recruit and retain special education teachers and personnel will be discussed. After discussing what the Arizona Department of Education is doing in this area, dialogue will then be opened to the field to discuss recruitment and retention strategies used in Local Education Agencies (LEAs) throughout Arizona.
Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Space is limited.
Reserve your webinar seat now at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/982456182.

Special Education Rule Committee 12/2/14 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 December 2, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the December 2 meeting.

National Inclusive Schools Week

Save the Date Inclusive Schools

Letter from Angela Denning
Submit your school’s inclusive activities
National Inclusion Week Flyer

What is Inclusive Schools Week?

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual international event designed to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students, and parents in making their schools more inclusive, thereby significantly contributing to the development of a more accepting society.

What are the goals of Inclusive Schools Week?

  1. Celebrate the progress schools have made in serving a diverse student population.
  2. Acknowledge the commitment to schools, families, and communities in creating inclusive opportunities.
  3. Encourage reflection on how culture, policies, and practices in schools can promote inclusive education.
  4. Promote action to increase the capacity of schools and communities to meet the needs of all learners.

Why is Inclusive Schools Week important?

Inclusive Schools Week increases the dialogue on the importance of building inclusive schools and communities, where ALL students have full access to educational opportunities.

Theme: Inclusive Education: One School Community

As the diversity of learners within our classrooms continues to grow, the need to structure curricula, lessons, and activities that not only meet the needs of all students but also celebrate the diversity among those learners becomes critical. The resources we have will encourage and inspire movement toward a more inclusive community.


To assist you in planning for the week, we have categorized the activities into three groups: (1) for classrooms; (2) for schools; (3) for communities. Within these categories, there are three levels of implementation:

1) Activities that promote awareness: These activities help create an awareness of the benefits of inclusive education.
2) Activities that build knowledge and skills: These activities reflect the importance of taking action.
3) Activities that influence the system: By changing policies, procedures, and culture in our schools, it is more likely that positive advances in inclusive education will become an integral part of the community framework.

There are also self-assessments, planning guides, group activities, ideas, and resources aimed at helping schools get organized and motivated. You can access further information at the following web link: www.inclusiveschools.org.