New RDA Implementation Grant Opportunity

To implement OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability (RDA) vision, ESS will offer a criteria-based RDA Implementation Grant to assist districts and charters in creating professional development plans that lead to increased academic achievement for students with disabilities. This grant will provide funds to implement items needed to sustain changes in teacher practices and student gains, including team time, materials, presenters, evaluation tools, and monitoring resources. Capacity coaches will be provided to all awardees to assist the district teams in the grant implementation.  Grant applications will be accepted until December 1, 2014.

Please click here to view the recorded webinar explaining the grant application process.

Grant Resources:

Implementation Grant Application

RDA Action Plan Calendar

RDA PD Budget Form



INFORMATION: Review Final Draft of Arizona’s School Readiness Framework

The Arizona Department of Education, along with First Things First, Head Start, West ED, and various school district personnel, has comprised a cohort to create a common definition of school readiness. Arizona’s School Readiness Framework will serve as a document that describes what the adults in a child’s life can provide as supports for the child to prepare him/her for kindergarten.

Through the last year, multiple statewide vettings have been conducted, asking participants (early childhood educators, kindergarten teachers, administrators, directors, parents, librarians, etc.) to review, edit, and provide feedback to Arizona’s School Readiness Framework. The result is a final draft, in which we are inviting you to review a final time in preparation for its completion.

To view the final draft of Arizona’s School Readiness Framework, copy and paste the following link into a new web browser:

http://www10.ade.az.gov/SelectSurveyNET/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=72LK6592

Thank you for your time and commitment to this project. We appreciate your feedback by October 1, 2014.



Next Meeting of Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

Next Meeting of Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

The purpose of SEAP is to provide policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in Arizona. The next meeting is September 16, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm, at the Arizona Department of Education/Central Office, 3300 North Central Avenue, 16th Floor, Room 104, Phoenix, AZ. If you plan to attend, contact the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services for more information at 602-542-4013.



Special Education Focus Groups

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), is inviting people who are passionate about special education to participate in focus groups throughout Arizona to learn about, discuss, and help inform the State Systemic Improvement Plan—the SSIP.

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Please visit the ADE Events Registration page to register for a focus group near you.



INFORMATION: ADE/ESS Offers New RDA Grant and Other Supports

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) is excited to offer two new supports to the field for the 2014-2015 school year:

1)      To implement OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability (RDA) vision, ESS will offer a criteria-based RDA Implementation Grant to assist districts and charters in creating professional development plans that lead to increased academic achievement for students with disabilities. This grant will provide funds to implement items needed to sustain changes in teacher practices and student gains, including team time, materials, presenters, evaluation tools, and monitoring resources. Capacity coaches will be provided to all awardees to assist the district teams in the grant implementation.

2)      In collaboration with ADE’s K-12 Standards, ESS created a request for proposal (RFP) to identify qualified educational service providers that offer research-proven services to assist districts and charters in implementing effective professional development and measuring progress toward achievable, sustained outcomes. Note that this is not an all-inclusive list; it includes only those educational service providers who chose to submit materials for review upon invitation. Arizona is a local control state that allows all charters and districts the freedom to choose their own professional development providers, including those not awarded through this RFP process.

For more information on both of these new supports, please join Exceptional Student Services for a webinar on Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MST at https://student.gototraining.com/r/7087794260575985408



Special Education Rule Committee 8/18/14 Communique

The Special Education Rule Committee’s purpose is to examine Arizona Special Education State Board 401 rules, to propose rules that are clear, instructive, and aligned to the IDEA, and to provide guidance for implementation. Please read the August 18, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the August 18 meeting.



2015 IDEA Basic Entitlement Allocations for Arizona Public Schools – NEW POSTING

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services Funding and Finance Unit have re-posted the 2015 IDEA Basic Entitlement allocations for Arizona public schools. The new posting is due to new calculations for district-sponsored charter schools. All other allocations remain the same. The allocation list can be accessed at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/funding/.

The 2015 IDEA application is currently being developed in the ADEConnect grants management system (GME). The ESS Funding and Finance Unit will notify grantees, via the ESS listserv and Director’s Corner, when the grant application is available. The grants management system will have information on the status of the application posted on the GME homepage as well.

Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services
Funding and Finance Unit
ESSFunding@azed.gov



President Signs New Autism CARES Act into Law

President Barack Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (or the Autism CARES Act) on August 8, 2014. This Act reauthorizes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2006. It is tailored to help expand research, awareness, surveillance, interdisciplinary training, and support and involves efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To read a summary of this new law, go to http://www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2014/08/autism-cares-act-summary.pdf.



IDEA Completion Reports

Completion reports are now available for the grants listed below:
IDEA Basic
IDEA – Charter School Expansion Act
IDEA – Emergency
IDEA – High Cost Child

You can access the completion reports through ADEConnect from the ADE Homepage.

Important points to remember before starting completion reports:

  • Completion Report(s) must be completed in the new Grants Management System.
  • Completion Report(s) initiated in the old system may require re-entry or revision.
  • All reimbursement requests must be in paid status.
    • If you have a reimbursement request that is still waiting for ADE approval or to be paid, contact Grants Management for review of any issues that might be present.
  • All revisions must be completed as you will not be able to revise the project once the status has been changed to completion report draft started.
  • Click on CR Draft Started to begin the completion report process.
  • Complete all sections, paying close attention to Warning Messages.

Questions can be e-mailed to ESSFunding@azed.gov or call 602-542-3851.



Tour UDL Resources with the National Center on Universal Design for Learning

If you’d like to learn more about universal design for learning, a good place to start is with Take a tour of UDL Resources. This link will lead you to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning’s added pages about universal design to build your own background knowledge and skill and those of your teachers. UDL is based on a variety of fields—education, psychology, and neuroscience—and is organized around three learning networks of the brain. After exploring all these resources, you’ll be more informed and up to date in this field.


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