AZCEC and AZCASE PD Opportunities

The Arizona Council for Exceptional Children (AZCEC) and the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education (AZCASE) offer two professional development opportunities for teachers, staff, and related service providers.

Fall Conference, October 30, 2015, 7:30 am–4:00 pm

Speech Pathologists and School Psychologists Joining Forces: Collaborative Assessments, LD Identification, and Interventions, presented by Andrew Shanock, Ph.D.

Best Fall Picks Book Studies

Learn at your own pace in these on-line interactive book studies. Defusing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom focuses on skills that make teaching easier and students more manageable. Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence is learning how to help students build positive relationships. Friendship 101 is approved for DHS licensure hours.

SEAA PD Day With Wendy Murawski

Special Education Administrators of Arizona (SEAA) is sponsoring a Professional Development Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:30 am–4:00 pm. Wendy Murawski will present a full-day seminar on co-teaching and differentiation in the inclusive classroom. See the attached flyer and registration form for more information.

Inclusion Policy Statement

Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the new policy statement in Kansas City, Missouri, during the first stop of his back-to-school bus tour.

The policy statement sets a vision for States, local educational agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. As the country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs for all young children, it is imperative that children with disabilities be included in these efforts.

You can read information on the policy statement here.

As we all work together so that children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, here’s what you can to do help:

  • Spread the word! Share this information with your network, and be sure to retweet @usedgov and @hhsgov on the topic.
  • Commit to working with other State agencies, schools, early childhood programs, and families to advance the recommendations and expand inclusive early learning opportunities for all children.

Melody Musgrove, Ed.D.


Office of Special Education Programs

ADE/ESS September 2015 Special Edition

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services team is honored to present the fourth issue of the Special Edition. The Special Edition is our quarterly newsletter to share information on relevant topics and communicate upcoming events.


Talk with ADE and SEAA Meetings Friday, August 21


August 21, 2015

SEAA Meeting, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Talk with ADE Meeting, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM 

There are two ways to attend the Talk with ADE (agenda attached) and SEAA meetings (information attached). You can attend the meetings in person or join the meetings via webinar.

If you are attending the meetings in person


If you are joining the meetings via webinar

The meetings also will be available by webinar, which allows for remote participation using your computer and telephone (or only the telephone). Read the instructions below to register and participate remotely. Note that advance registration is required.

Webinar registration for Talk with ADE and SEAA meetings on Friday, August 21, 2015, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM MST at:

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional information and directions on how to join the meetings. Space is limited.


ADE/ESS July 2015 Special Edition

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services team is honored to present the third issue of the Special Edition . The Special Edition is our quarterly newsletter to share information on relevant topics and communicate upcoming events.


State Board Rules Review Committee SLD Survey

Survey on the Procedures in Use for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities

The State Board Rules Review Committee is currently examining all of the current special education rules. One of the areas under consideration is the model for the identification of specific learning disabilities.

 A committee was formed to study the various models of identification of specific learning disabilities and to make recommendations to the Rules Committee. The SLD committee and the Rules Committee are asking for your input on this very important decision.

Please review the information referred to in the introduction and complete the following survey regarding your current practices in SLD identification. We are also asking for your opinions regarding several options that the committees are considering. This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

 Thank you very much for helping the Rules Committee and the SLD committee by sharing your thoughts on this topic.

To complete the SLD Survey, please click on the following link:

Summer School for Parents – July 18

Raising Special Kids is sponsoring three classes filled with special needs resources and information on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Disability Empowerment Center, Phoenix, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. See the flyer for more information.

The U.S. Department of Education Issues Three Informative Reports

The U.S. Department of Education has recently prepared and posted three new documents. The first is an English language learner toolkit helpful for identifying students, assuring access, and evaluating programs. It is helpful to use this letter in conjunction with the “Dear Colleague” letter issued in January 2015. The toolkit is available at this address:

 The second is an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) report on its yearly activities for the president and the secretary of education. The report, “Protecting Civil Rights: Advancing Equity,” discusses how OCR has evolved to meet changing needs and addresses Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Discrimination Based on Disability. This report is available at: Another package of information from OCR is available in regard to implementation of Title IX. The material for this third collection is available at

Migration to BREAZ Accounting System

The State of Arizona is migrating to a new accounting system at the end of the fiscal year.  In order to transition to the new system, all payments must be processed in the legacy accounting system by the end of June. To facilitate this transition, please submit all reimbursement requests by June 15th.  Approval of reimbursement requests submitted after June 15th will be delayed until the new accounting system goes live on July 7th.  We will keep you informed of any changes in these dates. 

If you should have any questions, please contact the Grants Management hotline at 602-542-3901 or