An Administrator’s Guide to Special Education

Legal Services and Exceptional Student Services Present:
An Administrator’s Guide to Special Education

This two-day regional training for public school principals and administrators will focus on establishing a foundation of knowledge of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and relevant state laws and rules pertaining to special education. Day one will cover the administrator’s role in the special education process, including child find, evaluation, and developing a legally compliant IEP. Day two will focus on procedural safeguards, discipline, and dispute resolution.

Institute presenters will be Kacey Gregson, attorney and Director of Dispute Resolution for the Arizona Department of Education, and Shannon Chavez, Arizona Department of Education Corrective Action Compliance Monitor. The presentation and session handbook will provide a legal framework, along with tools for principals and administrators to apply special education law in a practical manner in the school setting.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Lunch is provided.
Event time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Boulevard
Phoenix, Arizona 85040

Registration Fee: $200 covers your two-day attendance.
Registration Deadline: September 16, 2013
Contact Information:
Linda Mosteller

Registration for this training is available online at:

Space is limited. Please register as soon as possible. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation number. If you do not receive a confirmation number, your registration was not completed. Payment is accepted by check or purchase order only. Either form of payment must be received before the registration deadlines.

PBIS Training Opportunity

Multi-Tier Behavior Supports is a three-year training that will assist school teams with the development and implementation of a school-wide approach for positive behavior management practices. This training is based on School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SW-PBIS) evidence-based elements.

By registering, teams will be provided research-based, multi-tiered positive behavior supports for special education and general education students. Implementation of these supports will assist with the development of a school-wide approach for positive behavior management practices.

Cost: Year One–$600 per team member

Year Two–Grant Funded!

Year Three–Grant Funded!

 To register or to find out more information, please click on this link:

Preference will be given to district teams. The six-person district team should consider including:

  • Special education director
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Behavior specialists

School teams may also apply. The school team would require representation from the following staff members:

  • Building administrator
  • General education teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Specials teacher (library, computer, P.E., etc.)
  • District-level administrator
  • Building classified staff (office staff, custodian, etc.)

Registration Deadline:  August 31, 2013

For more information about this training opportunity, please contact or 602-542-5445.

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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!

PD OPPORTUNITY: 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 2013-2014 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 $250 will be offered to mentors for each mentee assisted during the year.  Attached, please find the mentor application.

Please note the deadline for submission of all materials is Friday, September 6, 2013.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Aaroe at

Mentor Application Mentee Application

Directors Institute 2013

A new page for the 2013 Directors Institute has been published! Visit the 2013 Directors Institute page at

Save The Date Flyer

Registration information has been posted on the ADE Calendar of Events page

Directors Institute 2013 – Opening the Door to the Common Core

The Directors Institute 2013: Opening the Door to the Common Core will be held August 26–August 28, 2013, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel. Sessions will cover a range of topics and current issues facing special education directors in Arizona. Participants will receive updates on federal and state requirements, and will be able to access hands-on resources that can be used immediately.

Conference Schedule:

Monday:  8:15 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 8:15 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

All registrations include participation over the entire three-day conference; no one- or two-day registrations are available. Early Bird Registration begins March 12 and continues through June 14, 2013, at $300 per participant. Standard registration begins June 17 and continues until August 2, 2013, at $325 per participant. Beginning August 5, 2013, and space permitting, registration will increase to $350 per participant. Space is limited—please register as soon as possible.

Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation number. If you do not receive a confirmation number, your registration is not complete. Confirmation numbers are not a guarantee of admittance; payment must be received before you attend the conference. Payment is accepted by check or purchase order only; either form of payment must be received before the registration deadlines. Purchase order numbers are NOT required for early registration, but payment information for ALL registrations must be submitted by August 5, 2013. Please advise ADE of any substitutions by August 12, 2013. Contact Abby Sanchez via phone at (602) 364-3026 or via email at No cancellation or refunds will be allowed. Two weeks prior to the conference, all paid, registered attendees will receive information on how to access all printed material.

Additional Information

For detailed conference information contact:

Linda Mosteller
Phone: 602-542-4469


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

Please be prompt in informing your business office of your registration. A confirmation number is required on the day of the event and should also be included on your purchase order.
A registration fee is charged for all registrants, including those who do NOT SHOW.

Purchase orders sent by fax WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS NUMBER ONLY: 602-542-5404

For questions regarding registration, please contact:

Abby Sanchez
Phone: 602-364-3026

Hotel Information

Renaissance Glendale Hotel
9495 West Coyotes Boulevard
Glendale, Arizona 85305
1-800-HOTELS1 (468-3571) and reference the group code “ADEADEA” or the “Directors Institute.”  Please note the hotel does not take guest reservations.

Online Reservations:

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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

Visit the Teacher Conference website:

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.