Effective Utilization of Paraeducators – WEBINAR

Paraeducators are becoming increasingly more important in today’s school settings.  In this webinar, presenters will clarify paraeducators’ roles and responsibilities and address the role of certified teachers in providing direction and supervision of paraeducators.  Further discussion will focus on ways to more appropriately utilize paraeducators.  Tips and techniques to provide constructive feedback and job-embedded training to increase the effectiveness of paraeducators will also be presented.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM MST
Cost: Free

Register for this webinar on the ADE Calendar of Events.



Letter from Superintendent Huppenthal

Special Education Directors,

We wanted to make you aware that the message below was sent on behalf of the Superintendent to teachers and administrators statewide.

ESA Letter



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

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, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  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:

1)      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;

2)      to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;

3)      to assist public education agencies in providing for the education of all children with disabilities; and

4)      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, 1535 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, or on the ADE website at www.azed.gov/special-education.  Please note that the FFY 2014 allocations are not yet available through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  Therefore, the numbers on the currently posted Part B Interactive Spreadsheet, located on the Web site, are in draft form.  The State will post the 2014 Interactive Spreadsheet as soon as it becomes available.

Statement of Assurances

Interactive Spreadsheet – Draft

 

Comments may be submitted in writing until April 30, 2014 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



PD OPPORTUNITY: Professional Learning and Sustainability (PLS) Webinars

The Professional Learning and Sustainability (PLS) unit will host three webinars for special education teachers, general education teachers, and school administrators in February and March. Please visit the links below to register for these free trainings.

Effective Utilization of Paraeducators

Paraeducators are becoming increasingly more important in today’s school settings. In this webinar, presenters will clarify paraeducators’ roles and responsibilities and address the role of certified teachers in providing direction and supervision of paraeducators. Further discussion will focus on ways to more appropriately utilize paraeducators. Tips and techniques to provide constructive feedback and job-embedded training to increase the effectiveness of paraeducators also will be presented.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. MST
Event: click here for the webinar link

The Nuts and Bolts of Co-Teaching

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

Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. MST

Event: click here for the webinar link

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 also will join this webinar to discuss their current mentoring programs.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. MST
Event: click here for the webinar link


Meeting Arizona College and Career Ready Standards for Special Education

WestEd – Sharen Bertrando & Kevin Schaefer

2014

Day One Handouts

  1. Presenter Power Point
  2. Participant Slide Notes
  3. Instructional Shifts
  4. Overview of the 2010 Mathematics Standards
  5. Cognitive Rigor Matrix-Writing
  6. Cognitive Rigor Matrix-Reading
  7. Cognitive Rigor Matrix-Math
  8. Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (legal size handout)

Day Two Handouts

  1. Presenter Power Point
  2. Participant Slide Notes
  3. Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards
  4. Disability Classifications in Arizona
  5. Autism Spectrum Disorders Evidence-Based Practices
  6. AZCCRS Math Kindergarten Standards Placemat
  7. AZCCRS Math 1st Grade Standards Placemat
  8. AZCCRS Math 2nd Grade Standards Placemat
  9. AZCCRS Math 3rd Grade Standards Placemat
  10. AZCCRS Math 4th Grade Standards Placemat
  11. AZCCRS Math 5th Grade Standards Placemat
  12. AZCCRS Math 6th Grade Standards Placemat
  13. AZCCRS Math 7th Grade Standards Placemat
  14. AZCCRS Math 8th Grade Standards Placemat
  15. AZCCRS Math 9-12 Grade Standards Placemat
  16. Readily Available Technology Resources
  17. Goal Writing Template
  18. Goal Writing Considerations

ASU Study of Students with Intellectual Disabilities-Invitation to Participate

Arizona State University is conducting a statewide study funded by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council that seeks to understand the aspirations of high school youth with intellectual disabilities after high school graduation, how they are preparing, and how they are being supported at home and in schools. The Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Arizona Department of Education, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Raising Special Kids, and a few school districts are advising the study.

We are inviting your school district or charter school to participate. We will be surveying both high school youth with intellectual disabilities and their families. The study process will not take staff time; however, we will need assistance disseminating study information to specific students and families. We will be conducting the survey starting in March and will continue until our target sample size of guardians and students is met.

Also, we will be conducting focus groups in three selected public education agencies (PEAs) throughout Arizona to gather in-depth information on how guardians and students are involved in transition planning and what they are currently doing to prepare: an inclusion PEA, a PEA that uses the least restrictive environment approach, and a rural PEA. These groups will serve as case studies on how parents and students approach transition in different school settings. Staff from these PEAs will be interviewed to provide a balanced view.

After the research is complete, we will provide overall State outcomes and results obtained from your district or charter, upon request. The overall findings will be released in a final report and presented at a statewide conference.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, you are welcome to contact Erica McFadden (erica.mcfadden@asu.edu), Sang-Eun Lee (slee128@asu.edu), or David Daugherty (David.B.Daugherty@asu.edu).

Contact information:

David B. Daugherty, PhD
Director of Research
David.b.Daugherty@asu.edu
(602) 496-0215 office
Arizona State University
Morrison Institute for Public Policy



Meeting Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Special Education

Training Outcomes:

During this two-day workshop, participants will:

  • Become more familiar with Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (AZCCRS), including shifts required in ELA and Math
  • Identify the components of an AZCCRS-aligned IEP
  • Be prepared to develop and write AZCCRS IEP goals and benchmarks aligned to the student’s PLAAFP
  • Become familiar with readily available resources, tools, and evidenced-based strategies to support students with disabilities to access the ACCRS

Day One

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify pedagogical shifts in ELA and Mathematics in Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards
  • Describe the importance of access to AZCCRS for students with disabilities
  • Define the role of the special education specialist in implementing AZCCRS for students with disabilities
  • Define Universal Design for Learning and state how UDL supports students with disabilities
  • Identify areas of need and recommend appropriate standards for sample students

Day Two

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe a process for developing and writing AZCCRS IEP goals and benchmarks aligned to the student’s PLAAFP
  • Describe how to identify entry points to standards
  • Generate standards-based goals for sample students with IEPs
  • Identify readily available resources, instructional strategies, and evidenced-based strategies to support students with disabilities
  • Develop an action plan to build capacity within your school/district

A laptop or iPad will be needed on day two.

Presenters: WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention

Choose the location for your session:

Casa Grande – Holiday Inn Casa Grande, 777 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande, AZ 85112

8:30 am–3:30 pm, Tuesday, January 28, 2014
8:00 am–3:00 pm, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
*Breakfast and lunch provided each day.

Phoenix – Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe, 1600 S. 52nd St., Tempe, AZ  85281

8:30 am–3:30 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2014
8:00 am–3:00 pm, Friday, January 31, 2014
*Breakfast and lunch provided each day.

Flagstaff – Arizona Department of Education Flagstaff Office, 3100 N. West St., Suite 300, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

8:30 am–3:30 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2014
8:00 am–3:00 pm, Friday, January 31, 2014
*Breakfast and lunch will not be provided.

 

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

Registration Deadline:

Casa Grande and Phoenix—January 13, 2014

Flagstaff — February 21, 2014

Please visit the Event Registration page – http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3321&EventDate=11/21/2013.

To be added to a list of interested participants for our next round of training, please provide your contact information here.

On February 21, 2013, ADE/ESS offered a webinar called IEPs and the Common Core State Standards Webinar.  This webinar provided a brief introduction to the process of aligning IEPs to the Common Core State Standards.  Click on the links below to access the information from that webinar.

Download the presentation handout.

View the archived webinar here.

View questions asked during the webinar here.

 

 



PARCC Posts Sample Test Questions for Students’ Computer Practice

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has posted sample test items on the testing platform students will use when taking the field test later this spring. Read the online tutorials first to see how to navigate through the test, how to use the computer-based tools, and how to access the accessibility features. Students can become comfortable with the computer functions that will be available on the field test—drag-and-drop, multiple selection, text highlighting, and an equation builder. The items are similar to the types of items students will see on the test in spring 2015. The sample items are available at www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples.



TBI 303 – Contemporary Issues after Brain Injury Executive Functioning and Common Core, Youth Depression, & Transition

This 3-part workshop will include three, 2-hour presentations from agency professionals who will focus on (1) Assessing Executive Functioning and Implications for the Common Core, (2) TBI-Youth Depression, Grief and Suicide Prevention, and (3) Secondary Transition: From School to Adult Services in Vocational Rehabilitation and Adult Programs. 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.

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

Traumatic Brain Injury Page on the Special Education web site.

Register for this training here.

 

Date Location Time
January 25, 2014 Valentine Elementary District
NAU-Kingman Campus at MCC
1971 Jagerson Ave, Bldg 2000
Kingman, AZ 86409
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
February 5, 2014 Glendale Union High School District
Location: District Office Annex #1
7650 N. 43rd Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
March 28, 2014 Pinal County ESA – MCOB Training Room
1400 N. Eleven Mile Corner Rd.
Casa Grande, AZ  85194
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
April 4-5, 2014 Safford Unified School District
Location: Board Room
734 W. 11th Street
Safford, AZ 85546
Friday: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 – 11:30 am
April 26, 2014 Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center (fka – Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
May 3, 2014 Sierra Vista Unified School District
Apache Middle School — LIBRARY
3305 E. Fry Blvd.
Sierra Vista, AZ  85635
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Please contact Jeannette Zemeida if you have any questions about this program.


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TBI 202 – Assets, Assessment and Analysis: Behaviors After Brain Injury and Neurological Insult

This behavior workshop will include an overview of brain-behavior relationships, the importance of executive functions, and signs/symptoms of brain injury and neurological impairments as observable behaviors. Focus will be on executive functioning, behavior management and determining students’ strengths and assets using a hypothesis testing approach to assess and create appropriate interventions and strategies for use in the classroom and community. The format will be lecture with open discussion, situation study and one case study with an emphasis on strengthening team interactions. Materials will be provided.

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

Traumatic Brain Injury Page on the Special Education web site.

Register for this training here.

 

Date Location Time
November 5, 2013 Glendale Union High School District
District Office Annex #1
7650 N. 43rd Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 6, 2013 Pinal Couny ESA – MCOB Training Room
1400 N. Eleven Mile Corner Rd.
Casa Grande, AZ 85194
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
January 24, 2014 Valentine Elementary District
NAU-Kingman Campus at MCC
1971 Jagerson Ave, Bldg 2000
Kingman, AZ 86409
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
February 7-8, 2014 Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Friday: 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – Noon
February 12, 2014 Sierra Vista Unified School District
Apache Middle School — LIBRARY
3305 E. Fry Blvd.
Sierra Vista, AZ  85635
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
February 21-22, 2014 Safford Unified School District
Board Room
734 W. 11th Street
Safford, AZ 85546
Friday: 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – Noon
March 1, 2014 Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center (fka – Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
April 2-3, 2014 Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Wednesday: 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Please contact Jeannette Zemeida if you have any questions about this program.


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