Facilitated IEP Trainings

The Arizona Department of Education/Dispute Resolution Unit is excited to bring facilitated individualized education program (IEP) trainings to Arizona beginning in the fall of the 2014-2015 school year.

IEP facilitation is a student focused process in which a trained individual (facilitator) assists the IEP team in developing an IEP that provides a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the student.

The Dispute Resolution Unit believes there are three components needed to facilitate a successful IEP meeting: standardized meeting practices, knowledge of the IEP process, and the use of meeting management skills that aid in minimizing conflict and maximizing collaboration. This training is designed to teach these three components.


August 19 – 20 – Mohave County
September 4 – 5 – Pinal County
September 9 – 10 – Yuma County
October 15 – 16 – Yavapai County
October 28 – 29 – Apache County
November 4 – 5 – Navajo County
December 2 – 3 – Cochise County

(Breakfast and lunch will be provided)
: 8:30 – 9:00
Event: 9:00 – 4:00

Click here to select the date and location you want to attend.

Who Should Attend: Any school personnel involved in a student’s IEP including special education and general education teachers, district representatives, and school psychologists.
Contact: Amy Dill @ 602-542-7579

Twenty-fifth Annual Directors Institute

Directors Institute

Please visit the 2014 Directors Institute page for more information about this event.

Assistive Technology – Tech for Learning Community

The ADE/ESS Assistive Technology Team presents a grant funded professional development opportunity for district or charter schools each school year. If your school is interested in applying for this grant for the 2015-2016 school year, please contact atinfo@azed.gov for more information.

To lay the foundation for capacity building and systemic change in their schools, teams of educators known as Tech for Learning Communities (TLCs) will participate in 13 days of training workshops in fundamentals of assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning during the school year 2014-2015. Training will be conducted by internationally recognized leaders of assistive technology (AT) with support provided by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), AT Team. All team members are expected to contribute to the training of other education professionals in the home public education agency (PEA).

2013-2014 TLC Training Calendar and Venue
Getting Started: Fundamentals of AT Service Delivery
with Chris Bgaj
September 17-18, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton, Flagstaff
AT Tools & Strategies for Motor & Simple Solutions
with Matthew Press and Therese Wilkomm
October 22-23, 2014 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Writing
with Kelly Fonner
December 3-4, 2013 Westward Look Resort, Tucson
Mobile Learning; AT Tools & Strategies for Hearing and Vision
with Tony Vincent, Ingrid McBride, and Faye Gonazlez
January 14-15, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Reading
with Scott Marfilius
February 11-12, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
AT Tools & Strategies for Math, AAC Visual Support and Organization
with Harold Campbell, Mary Keeney, Bruce Kennedy and Ann Gortarez
March 11-12, 2015 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, Tempe
Wrapping it Up
with Penny Reed
May 7, 2015 ADE/ESS Office
3300 North Central Ave., Phoenix

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Assistive Technology training events, please add your e-mail address to our contact list here.

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State Holiday

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services will be closed for business on the following days.  Information provided by State of Arizona Human Resources page.

State Holidays

Calendar Year 2013

New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day Monday, January 21
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day Monday, February 18
Memorial Day Monday, May 27
Independence Day Thursday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 2
Columbus Day Monday, October 14
Veterans’ Day Monday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25

** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.

Calendar Year 2014

New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day Monday, January 20
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day Monday, February 17
Memorial Day Monday, May 26
Independence Day Friday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 1
Columbus Day Monday, October 13
Veterans’ Day Tuesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25

** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday.  If the holiday falls on Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.


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Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference

Tiger Border

Please visit Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference page for more information about this event.

Second Annual Teachers’ Institute

Please visit the Second Annual Teachers’ Institute page for more information about this event.

Struggling Adolescent Readers with Anita Archer

Middle school is a critical period for students facing reading difficulties. It is in grades six through eight that struggling readers may fall seriously behind their peers, jeopardizing their chances for success in high school and beyond. Yet, despite the importance of their task, middle school teachers are often forced to use reading curricula that are outdated, impractical, or simply do not work.

During this three-day conference, Dr. Anita Archer will help participants master the most current research-validated strategies for increasing fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and decoding skills.

Dr. Archer serves as an educational consultant to school districts on effective reading and writing instruction, classroom management, and design of effective literacy programs. She is nationally known for her work on instructional procedures and design and is the recipient of eight Outstanding Educator awards. In addition, Dr. Archer has taught at San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon.

Conference Schedule
July 7–9, 2014
8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Sheraton Phoenix Airport Tempe
1600 South 52nd Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Register for this conference at the ADE Events Registration page.

For more information about either conference, contact Linda Mosteller at Linda.Mosteller@azed.gov.

Materials for this conference can be downloaded below:

Essentials for Participation in the 2014 Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey

If you wish to attend a PSO webinar training, registration is required!
To register, please click on the desired date you wish to attend and follow the GoTo Training instructions to register.
Registration questions? Please contact Sophia Estrella at 602-542-9412 or Sophia.Estrella@azed.gov.

2014 Webinar

Essentials for Participation in the 2014 Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey

Everything you need to know to complete this year’s PSO Survey (accessed via the ADE common logon) will be revealed in this 90-minute webinar, including:

  • how to navigate the PSO Survey online application, complete with screen shots;
  • where to track your response rate in real time;
  • the ins and outs of entering responses to survey questions;
  • tips for reaching hard to find youth, and;
  • where to ask questions or seek technical assistance during the data collection period.

Please visit the PSO Survey page.

SOS for Annual Special Education Data Collection – Workshops and Webinars

All public education agencies (PEAs) that have served special education students during the 2013-14 school year are required to submit Annual Special Education (SPED) Data information to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

If your PEA has NO student data that qualifies for inclusion in the Annual SPED Data Collection online application, please alert ADE/Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Data Management in writing.

The Annual SPED Data Collection consists of the following sections: Exit, Discipline, Personnel, Teacher Attrition Rate Survey, Preschool Transition, and Parentally Placed Private School Students.

Training for this mandatory data collection will be offered via webinars and regional workshops

Click on the image below to download the flyer.



To register for webinars, open the flyer and click on the date you wish to attend.

Novice Users

The novice session will be of greatest benefit to PEA personnel who are new to submitting Annual SPED Data Collection information. This webinar will be divided in two parts; you will need to register for each webinar separately.

Advanced Users

The Advanced session will detail specific changes from the previous year’s data collection for those already familiar with this data collection process.

Preschool Transition

This webinar is for PEAs that serve preschool age children and that are required to complete the Preschool Transition Report within the Annual SPED Data Collection online application.

Secure Care

This webinar is reserved for personnel from secure care schools, i.e., the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona
Department of Juvenile Corrections, county juvenile detention centers, county jail facilities, or county accommodation districts that serve detained / incarcerated youth with disabilities.

Approved Private Schools

This webinar is for reserved for personnel from approved private schools who are required to complete the Personnel Report within the Annual SPED Data Collection online application.

Regional Workshops

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The target audience for the regional workshops is the novice user. However, these workshops are also open to advanced users who wish to receive a “refresher” on this data collection. All data requirements will be covered.

  • Friday, 5/9/2014 at Flowing Wells Unified District, Iola Frans Admin. Center
    1556 W. Prince Road, Tucson
  • Friday, 5/30/2014 at the Arizona Department of Education – Central Office
    3300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 16th Floor, Rooms 100/101
  • Friday, 6/6/2014 at the Arizona Department of Education – Flagstaff Office
    3100 N. West Street, Flagstaff

To register for a regional workshop, click here.

AT Boot Camp: Assistive Technology Round-Up

Aiming to have the best assistive technology services in the West? These intensive one-day trainings will help you round up the resources and skills you need! Providing quality assistive technology services is one way to make sure all of your students can access Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Registration for each of the one-day trainings is $60.00 and includes your grub (a boxed lunch). Trainings will be held in Phoenix at the Arizona Department of Education’s new location at 3300 N. Central Avenue. Registration is now open on the ADE homepage calendar, so skedaddle on over there and sign up!

January 14, 2014
iPads in Special Education
Tony Vincent
8:30 – 4:00
iPads are finding their way into the hands of excited teachers and students since thousands of useful software applications in the App Store and superb accessibility options make these devices popular. Bring your own iPad to get hands-on time with Tony Vincent as he guides you through using some of the best apps for teaching and learning the Common Core Standards. Tony will share sample activities across various subject areas and grade levels, and you’ll learn how iPads can personalize learning and engage all students. Special education and apps can certainly go  hand-in-hand!

March 11, 2014
AAC for Students with Complex Communication Needs
Caroline Musselwhite
8:30 – 4:00
This one-day workshop will focus on the use of assistive technology, including AAC devices, mobile devices, and apps to improve students’ communication and access to the curriculum based on the Common Core Standards. Participants will identify the components of communicative competence, including linguistic, social, and strategic skills, and use a rubric to select and implement appropriate strategies and technologies. Participants will review both apps designed for speech-language therapy/assistive technology and generic apps that can be creatively applied to intervention with a wide range of communication goals.

April 29, 2014
Assistive Technology: Consideration, Evaluation, and Assessment
Penny Reed
8:30 – 4:00
Are you confused about your responsibility to provide assistive technology  devices and services? Are you frustrated with delays in obtaining AT
assessments from sources outside of your district or with the cost of those assessments? Are you looking for an efficient, effective way to determine a student’s need for assistive technology? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop will present a team-based model for completing assistive technology considerations and assessment.

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