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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Significant Intellectual Disabilites/Meeting Secondary Transition IEP Requirements Workshop

This interactive workshop is especially designed for special educators responsible for developing and implementing IEPs that include transition planning for students with significant intellectual disabilities. Examples of age-appropriate transition assessments and interagency collaboration will be provided.

May 1, 2013
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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

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


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Great Arizona Teach-In

SAVE THE DATE

Great Arizona Teach-In

Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Conference Center

April 27, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Great Arizona Teach-In is an annual recruitment event that is held exclusively for Arizona schools. This job fair is designed to bring candidates and recruiters together in one central location and typically attracts over 90 recruiters and 800 candidates each year. The Great Arizona Teach-In is a one-stop career fair where education professional can take care of fingerprint requirements, ask questions of university representatives, have résumés reviewed by administrators and finalize certification and highly-qualified requirements by ADE specialists.

Please visit www.teachinaz.com for more information about education employment opportunities in Arizona!  Updates about the Teach-In will be posted in January 2013.

For more information, please contact Tracy Faulkner by email tracy.faulkner@azed.gov or telephone 602-364-2195.



A Focus on Coordination & Collaboration; DES-RSA, DES-DDD and PEAs

A Focus on Coordination & Collaboration; DES-RSA, DES-DDD and PEAs
(A System of coordination and collaboration across stakeholders that impact the left of an individual with disabilities)

This session will give the participants an awareness of: Two key supports/services for individuals with disabilities that are available while in secondary education and after a student exits from high school (Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Division of Developmental Disabilities); the roles of each agency in the transitioning of youth with disabilities to adult life; the eligibility requirements for these supports/services and; who to contact. You will be able to ask questions of representatives from these agencies directly.


April 18, 2013
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Pinal County School Office ESA
1400 N. Eleven Mile Corner Road
Casa Grande, AZ

To register for this event, please visit our Event Registration page.

 


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Announcing the 2013 Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey

The Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey web-based application accessed via the ADE Common Logon will be available between July 1 and September 30, 2013 for students who exited during the 2011—2012 school year. All public education agencies (PEAs) serving students aged 16 and older are encouraged to participate in the PSO Survey on a yearly basis for programmatic planning and improvement purposes, but are only required to participate in the assigned year for their district or charter school. Note: PSO data from PEAs that conduct the PSO Survey outside of an assigned data collection year will not be reported to the Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) or publicly reported. However, voluntary participation in the PSO is a great opportunity for PEAs to review and inform their transition practices. All PEAs that participate in the PSO Survey will be able to access their schools’ results through the web-based application.

For information about your PEA’s assigned data collection year for the PSO Survey, consult the updated Complete Cycle 2 PSO Participation List found at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2012/07/cycle-2-pso-quick-list-requirements-3-11-13.pdf.

Trainings: ADE/ESS will offer webinar trainings on the PSO Survey data collection requirement, including information on how to use the PSO Survey web-based application, as well as how to interpret PSO data. Please see the flyer for webinar dates and a description of available trainings. All PEA personnel administering the PSO Survey are strongly encouraged to attend one of the offered webinars. For more information and to register for a webinar, consult the ADE/ESS PSO website, http://tinyurl.com/PSO2013.

PSO Webinar Trainings Flyer

For questions related to PSO Survey participation or scheduled trainings, please email psoinbox@azed.gov or contact Lorrie Sheehy via email at Lorrie.Sheehy@azed.gov.


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Writing a Secondary IEP 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. Each participant is required to bring a copy of an IEP (do not rely on online connectivity for your IEP as this is not always available). The IEP must be FERPA compliant (redacted of student specific information). After a quick review of Indicator 13 information, each IEP will be reviewed to answer four key questions that are designed to write better “transition plans”.

March 22, 2013
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Mohave High School
Library
2251 Hwy 95
Bullhead City, AZ  86442

Register for this event here.

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


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SELECT Summer 2013 Classes – NAU Online Courses

SELECT courses are available online for special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals to meet re-certification requirements or to provide professional growth for anyone working with students with disabilities. Classes can be taken for university credit or free for professional development hours. Please share the attached information with your special education staff and school administrators.

All SELECT classes are taught online and are three (3) credit hours or forty-five (45) contact hours. SELECT classes are graduate level – students should contact SELECT for a syllabus to plan ahead to meet the work load.

Click on this link or the flyer below for a list of courses offered this summer.

For more information:

Visit the SELECT website: http://nau.edu/SBS/IHD/Programs/SELECT-Program/
Email:  select@nau.edu
Telephone:  928-523-1809

 


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A Focus on Coordination & Collaboration; DES-RSA, DES-DDD and PEAs

A Focus on Coordination & Collaboration: DES-RSA, DES-DDD, and PEAs
A system of coordination and collaboration across stakeholders that impact the life of an individual with disabilities.

This session will give the participants an awareness of:  Two key supports/services for individuals with disabilities that are available while in secondary education and after a student exits from high school (Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Division of Developmental Disabilities); the roles of each agency in the transitioning of youth with disabilities to adult life; the eligibility requirements for these supports/services; and who to contact. You will be able to ask questions of representatives from these agencies directly.

Date: March 12, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Where: Amphitheater School District
Wetmore Center, East Conference Room

Address: 701 W. Wetmore Rd., Tucson, AZ  85704

To register for this event, please visit the Event Registration pagehttp://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3054&EventDate=3/12/2013.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Jeannette Zemeida by email or telephone: (602) 542-3855.


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Secondary Transition Mentoring Project

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) and the University of Kansas have developed the Secondary Transition Mentoring Project (STMP) to help eligible public education agencies (PEAs) improve secondary transition education/services and foster the development of local interagency community transition teams to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

Each year, teams of educators from 15 eligible PEAs come together to learn innovative strategies to reach established outcomes over a four-year program. Additionally, PEAs gain an understanding of how other Arizona schools have overcome transition issues by building professional networks with colleagues from around the state.

Click on the image to the left or this link to open the STMP Brochure.

For more information about STMP:

Contact Karen Johnson via email or telephone (602)-542-3153.


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Surrogate Parent Volunteer Training

Surrogate Parent Volunteer Training

Wednesday, February 27

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Dysart Unified School District #89

Support Facility Building
Room #2

13825 W. Desert Cove Rd.

Surprise, AZ  85379

To register for this event, please visit the Event Registration page: http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3056&EventDate=2/27/2013.

What is a surrogate parent and why does someone need one?

A surrogate parent represents the rights of a student who is currently receiving special education, or is being considered for special education eligibility, when no other adult is available or has the legal authority.

 

How many children does the program serve?

The surrogate parent program currently serves over 200 students across the state with new applications received every month. These students need adult volunteers to represent them as special education decisions are made.

How can I become a surrogate parent volunteer?

Volunteers must attend a workshop on the Surrogate Parent Program and complete a state and federal background clearance check. The workshop will teach volunteers about the special education process in Arizona. Volunteers must submit fingerprints to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and be issued a fingerprint clearance card in order to serve as a surrogate parent. Volunteers may be reimbursed up to $65 for the cost of the fingerprint clearance card.

Click here for the event flyer.

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