2015 Great Arizona Teach-In Job Fair
The flyer and letter from Superintendent Diane M. Douglas were recently sent to Human Resource Directors at districts and charter schools. They contain information about our Tenth Annual Great Arizona Teach-In Job Fair that will be taking place on April 25, 2015. The Teach-In is the largest education job fair in Arizona, with an average of 800 candidates attending each year. The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services strongly recruits special education and related services candidates from both in-state and out-of-state universities to attend the Teach-In. If you will be in need of special education personnel, we recommend that you encourage your district/charter to attend. Registration information can be found at www.teachinaz.com.
Special Education Administrators,
Accurate Data in the SAIS System = Dollars
Student level enrollment and program data reported by the school districts and charter schools (LEAs) is critically important to funding and program determinations for all education programs. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) uses this data to determine eligibility and calculate funding of limited federal dollars such as IDEA, Title I, Title II, and English Language Learner Programs. Incomplete, inaccurate, or late reporting will result in a potential loss of federal funds.
A memo was sent to Superintendents, Charter Holders, Principals, SAIS Coordinators, and Federal Program Coordinators outlining the process to review the accuracy of your LEA’s data and reconcile through Common Logon. Please contact your SAIS data administrator to ensure the accuracy of your LEA’s data in SAIS. The deadline for updating your 2014 NCLB Indicator data is Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Also, for your information, is the November 17, 2014, e-mail about the October 1 enrollment data.
Please read the invitation to join the Special Education Rules Committee Core Team on February 27, 2015, at a meeting to share your thoughts and ideas. Space is limited.
Special Education Administrators,
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 February 12, 2015, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the February 12 meeting.
Summit VI: Designing Comprehensive Evaluation Systems:
Leading the Design and Implementation of a Comprehensive System To Improve Teaching and Learning
Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education in Partnership with WestEd
Double Tree Resort, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale
March 1, 2015–March 2, 2015
Purpose of the Summit:
- To determine how data in evaluation systems will inform professional learning;
- To examine the active role of leadership in supporting professional learning;
- To strengthen a climate and culture focused on effective teaching;
- To create coherence among CCRS, instruction and assessment through a comprehensive evaluation system.
Cost: $150.00 for both days
Registration and hotel closing date: February 2, 2015
To register for this event, use the event calendar located on the homepage of the ADE website at http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/calendar/RenderCalendar.asp.
Refer to the attached flyer for more information.
Should you have any questions concerning this event, contact Laura Dudzik, 602-364-1851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Education Administrators,
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 January 15, 2015, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the January 15 meeting. Also attached is a draft of the State Board Rules governing special education showing current, proposed, and guidance for review and comment.
Future Ready, a new initiative announced by President Barack Obama in November 2014, is an effort to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning with technology. The initiative, a joint project of the Dept. of Ed. and the Alliance for Excellent Education and a coalition of others, provides districts with free resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices. To learn more about the initiative, see the website www.FutureReadySchools.org.
At the center of this initiative is a series of regional events in which district teams will develop action plans and metrics to measure progress in using digital tools to improve teaching and student outcomes. Read the announcement of the summits here: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-education-department-announces-future-ready-regional-summits. The summits are open to district leadership teams on a first-come basis from districts in which the superintendent has signed the Future Ready District Pledge. Already, more than 1,300 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge. A summit is scheduled for April 13–14 in Phoenix, so if you’re interested, talk to your superintendent about signing the pledge
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 January 20, 2015, 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.
A joint guidance letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice was recently issued to address equal access for English language learners. English learners (ELs) now constitute nine percent of all public school students, and their numbers are steadily increasing. The letter recognizes the recent milestone 40th anniversaries of Lau v. Nichols and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), as well as the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The letter applauds those working to ensure equal educational opportunities for EL students, as well as those programs that recognize the heritage languages of EL students as valuable assets to preserve.
Also available are these resources: fact sheets in English and in other languages addressing school’s obligations to students, fact sheets in English and in other languages related to communicating with limited English proficient parents, and a toolkit to help school districts identify English learner students. The toolkit contains placement test checklists and sample home language surveys in several languages, which may be helpful when you have students from these language backgrounds.