Newly Redesigned Promising Practices Website


Whether you are an administrator looking for information about positive behavior supports, a teacher searching for tips on differentiated instruction, or a parent in need of a transition planning process, you will find the newly redesigned Promising Practices Website to be a comprehensive source for information. This online guide provides easy access to over 1,400 excellent resources for parents and professionals serving students with disabilities in Arizona.

The newly redesigned Promising Practices Website features:

  • An increase from 315 to over 1,400 resources
  • Categorized entries for easy access under the following titles:
    • Administrators
    • Paraprofessionals
    • Parents
    • Related Service Providers
    • Special Education Directors
    • Teachers
  • Resources that can be accessed to assist students at-risk and students with disabilities in both general and special education settings
  • Information that is consistent with Arizona guidelines

The Promising Practices Website will continue to evolve and provide additional resources and strategies to assist parents and Arizona school personnel in improving results for students with disabilities.  Because the Promising Practices Website will be continuously updated, make sure to check back often for new resources!

Arizona Common Core Standards—Mathematics: An Interactive Graph Prepared by Dr. Andrew Chen

The graph was prepared by Dr. Andrew Chen to show the flow of the Arizona Common Core Standards—Mathematics among the grade levels. The reader will need to set the view to actual size in order to view the document. Then, click on any coded standard and the entire standard will pop up. This document will show the flow of the prerequisite skills for any standard and will help teachers in preparing instruction for their students. If there are questions about this document, contact Dr. Andrew Chen at or Harold Campbell at

Interactive Graph

The First Annual ADE Special Education Teacher Conference: Common Core Connections and Collaborations

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Save the Date Flyer
Please see the the attached “Save the Date” card for the First Annual ADE Special Education Teacher Conference: Common Core Connections and Collaborations.

The Arizona Department of Education is hosting a new conference tailored to the needs of special education teachers and administrators.  This two-day conference features nationally recognized educator Marilyn Friend, author of Co-Teach! A Manual for Creating and Sustaining Classroom Partnerships, as well as presentations from prominent local Arizona special education teachers who will highlight methods and strategies that have been found to be effective in Arizona schools.

WHAT:     ADE Special Education Teacher Conference: Common Core Connections and Collaborations

WHEN:     July 11- 12, 2013

WHERE:   Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona

At the New Special Education Conference for Teachers, you will be able to network with fellow special education teachers while attending informative sessions covering a range of topics and current issues facing special education teachers in Arizona. Participants will receive teaching strategies and knowledge about the Arizona Common Core Standards and will also access hands-on resources to use immediately.  Breakout sessions will cover topics influencing the special education classroom such as assessment, autism, behavior, bullying, co-teaching, differentiated instruction, law, technology, parent involvement, response to intervention, and inclusion.

Other presenters include:

•             Andrew Chen, member of the Common Core State Standards Development Team in Mathematics and the Advisory Board of the National Council on Teacher Quality

•             Hannah Erhli, Council for Exceptional Children 2012 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year

A certificate reflecting participation and professional development credit hours will be provided at the end of the conference.  

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Assistive Technology Summer Institute

Join us at the…

15th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute

Assitive Technology: Catch the Wave logo

Conference Sponsors:

The Arizona Technology Access Program
A program of Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development

Arizona Department of Education
Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration

Monday, July 8, 2013 8:00 AM – Tuesday, July 9, 2013 5:00 PM

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
8000 S Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85044

For detailed conference information and registration, click on the link below:

Be a part of Arizona’s only statewide AT conference offering innovative information on assistive technology applications and products for education, employment and independent living. Our “Catch the Wave” theme highlights both the enduring as well as the evolving nature of assistive technology. Our keynote speakers will be the daughter-father team of Shelby Nurse and Tom Nurse. Shelby is a young woman with significant physical disabilities who has been riding the AT wave throughout her life and it has taken her far. Gayl Bowser will be back again as a featured speaker and we are fortunate to have a wealth of AT knowledge and expertise provided by our Arizona-based presenters. You will not want to miss out on the Exhibit Hall.

Whether you are an AT novice or a seasoned provider, there will be new and practical information for you. Come join us at the beautiful Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix for a stimulating learning experience in a lovely resort environment. We have taken our theme literally by selecting a conference venue where you can catch the waves in the resort’s family-friendly Oasis Waterpark and Gigantic Wave Pool. Room rates for one bedroom suites are $89 per night.

The early bird conference fee of $165 includes continental breakfasts, Monday’s networking reception, lunch each day and all breaks. Continuing education contact hours will be provided. For more information, contact Martha Lewis: 602-776-4670, 800-477-9921, or

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New Charter School Training

New Charter School Training is an introductory overview of the special education process related to state and federal regulations, funding requirements, mandatory data requirements when reporting to ADE, dispute resolution issues, and the various supports provided by ADE/ESS for new charter schools.  It is geared specifically for the charter holder who typically has little or no experience with the requirements related to identifying and servicing students with disabilities in a public school setting.

To register for this event, please contact Lisa Ventrello by email or telephone: (602) 542-5270

Event Date: June 20, 2013

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Public Comments Period for PARCC Accommodations Manual – April 18 through May 13

Please review and provide feedback on the attached PARCC Accommodations Manual addressing accommodations for students with disabilities and English Learners. Your feedback is critical and the careful consideration of allowable accommodations will greatly impact our students. PARCC will be accepting public comments from April 18 through May 13, 2013.

The draft PARCC Accommodations Manual is a comprehensive policy document that will support local educators in the selection, administration, and evaluation of accommodations for the assessment of SWD and ELs on the PARCC End-of-Year, Performance-Based, and Mid-Year assessment components.

The majority of the proposed accommodations policies in the Manual are currently in use across PARCC states. What is different from many current state accommodations manuals, however, is that the draft PARCC Manual includes not only proposed participation and accommodations policies for SWD and ELs, but also information about tools that will be provided through PARCC’s computer-based assessment delivery system for all students to optimize their performance on the assessments.

The purpose of the stakeholder input process is to engage and encourage feedback from critical stakeholders to meet four specific objectives:

  • Strengthen the draft PARCC Accommodations Manual through strong and targeted feedback from multiple perspectives.
  • Build awareness and understanding of the draft Manual among critical stakeholders in states.
  • Encourage support and buy-in of the draft Manual by giving critical players and the public the opportunity to engage in the development process.
  • Inform the decisions of Governing Board when they vote to adopt the PARCC Accommodations Manual on June 26, 2013.

After the public comment period, PARCC will review and analyze stakeholder feedback in order to make necessary changes to finalize the Manual. The full PARCC Governing Board will be asked to vote on the adoption of the final first edition of the Manual on June 26, 2013.

Draft – PARCC Accommodations Manual

Draft – PARCC Accommodations Manual – Frequently Asked Questions


There are separate surveys for EL and SWD accommodations to be completed following your review at this link to the PARCC website:

Remember: Share this web post with all general education and special education teachers as well as other stakeholders! If you have any questions please call the Assessment Section at 602.542.5031. Thank you for taking the time to review this important document.

Common Core State Standards Webinar May 3, 2013

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar related to Common Core State Standards. In this webinar, Common Core Differences, Sandra Albertie from will discuss what makes the Common Core State Standards different than the typical state standards that preceeded them. These differences have significant implications on both what and how we teach. She will discuss the major shifts called for by the Standards and explain the rational behind these changes in the classroom. She will also discuss how the work of Common Core State Standards implementation integrates into a system of improving education. Finally, Sandra will share tools and resources that are helpful for understanding and implementing the Standards.

Please send this invitation to all educators who will benefit from learning more about Common Core. The webinar is free and has no participation limitation. The presenter does an effective job of showing participants relevant information to better understand Common Core Standards. Additionally, participants will see how these standards are effectively implemented.

Join us for a Webinar on May 3 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM MST.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

If you have any questions, please email Lisa Aaroe at

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

Graduation for Students with Disabilities: Guidance Documents for PEAs and Parents

On behalf of the Arizona Graduation Workgroup, ADE/ESS is pleased to present two guidance documents related to graduation for students with disabilities: Graduation and Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Public Education Agencies and Graduation and Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Parents. These documents are attached to this email, but are also available on a newly developed ADE/ESS graduation website:


In order to better understand the perspectives of students, families, schools, and agencies involved in graduation planning, the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), solicited volunteers from the field to compose a graduation workgroup. This workgroup includes representatives from all relevant stakeholder groups, and its purpose is a continuing one—to discuss and develop guidance to assist public education agencies (PEAs) and individualized education program (IEP) teams in making informed decisions about graduation for students with disabilities.


These documents are intended to clarify Arizona’s graduation requirements, their interplay with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and how graduation requirements impact students with disabilities. They represent the first communication from the graduation workgroup and are not intended to be “one size fits all” guides for all graduation issues nor will they address all questions related to graduation. ADE/ESS, through the advisement of the graduation workgroup, ADE/Legal Department, and other ADE program areas, will continue to generate helpful documents, resources, and web links and to disseminate them to the field on a regular basis. Additional related topics will be addressed in future communications and presentations related to this guidance will be provided at the Directors Institute (August 2013) and Arizona’s Thirteenth Annual Transition Conference (September/October 2013).



WEBINAR: PARCC Accommodations Manual

Arizona Education Leaders and Teachers,

PARCC has released the Accommodations Manual for public comment through May 13, 2013. Representatives from Arizona’s Department of Education have been intimately involved and influential in the development of this document and would like to invite questions and feedback from the field.

In order to facilitate this, a webinar has been scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is critical that district leadership and EL specialists, as well as general education and special education teachers understand the accommodation proposals contained in the manual. Many of the accessibility features of the new PARCC assessment will impact general education students as well as those with special needs. The PowerPoint presentation will highlight features of the document as well as provide opportunities for questions and feedback.

Please plan to join us for this informative presentation.  Registration is available through the following link:

Please direct questions to Pat Reynolds at or via phone, 602-364-1296.

Reminder, the period for public comments on the PARCC Accommodations Manual ends on May 13, 2013.  Please visit the announcement from ADE Assessment here.


Writing a Secondary IEP for Transition Using Best Practice Workshop

This training applies information from previous Secondary Transition training (s) conducted by our ADE/ESS transition specialists. The expectation is that participants attending this training come with a foundation of Indicator 13 knowledge. It is geared for those that are looking to evaluate their IEPs and increase the potential success of the transition plan, for individuals with disabilities, by answering four essential evaluative questions. You will receive clarification on the differences between interest, preferences, and strengths assessment information, how to approach the development of activities, as well as course work documentation related to the measurable postsecondary goals. After a quick review of Indicator 13 information, each IEP will be reviewed to answer the four essential evaluative questions that are designed to write better ‘transition plans’.

May 1, 2013
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Pueblo Magnet High School
3500 S. 12th Ave.
Tucson, AZ

Register for this event here.

Visit the Secondary Transition page.

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

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