If your school has an interest in juvenile justice and school safety, you might be interested in applying for the 2014 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant entitled Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe. The funding is for schools to learn more about how personnel programs and activities contribute to their school safety. An example is hiring resource officers and mental health service providers to increase school safety. Applications are due on July 10, 2014. See the link above for more information.
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 draft of the Child Find section generated at the meeting. Please read the May 1, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the May 1 meeting.
Please note the new address of the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services section’s Phoenix office.
3300 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Click on the map to get driving directions.
The mailing address for all of ADE/ESS remains:
Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services
1535 W. Jefferson St., Bin #24
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Webinar for Youth with Disabilities, Their Families, and Others Hosted by Youth Transitions Collaborative
On May 15, 2014, an educational seminar entitled “Making the VR Connection” will be held, which will be captioned, recorded, archived, and available on webinar. The collaborative, in partnership with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has designed the seminar for youth with disabilities, their families, practitioners, vocational rehabilitation counselors, educators, and other stakeholders to learn the value of collaborations in transitions for students with disabilities. To register for this webinar, which starts at 10:00 a.m. mountain time, go to: https://hschealthcaresystem.webex.com/hschealthcaresystem/j.php?MTID=m1e9710e284881621dd961bfbde319d60.
RespectAbilityUSA, a nonprofit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American dream, held focus groups in the Washington, DC area and polled 3,839 friends, families, and professionals in the disability community. The result is a formal report, “America at Risk: Job Crisis for People with Disabilities—Views on Solutions from 3839 People on the Front Lines” and a new toolkit for policy makers, leaders, and activists. Both are designed for those who want to use the real-life experiences and opinions of others to expand job opportunities for people with disabilities. To download a copy of the report, go to: http://respectabilityusa.com/america-at-risk-2.
Request for Information on the Use of Results Data in Making Determinations Under Sections 616(d)(2) and 642 of Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is requesting stakeholder input on how best to use results data (e.g., performance on assessments, graduation rates, and early childhood outcomes) in its accountability system under the IDEA. We believe that the Department must provide greater support to States’ efforts to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities (children with disabilities). We need to ensure that States focus not only on complying with provisions of the law, but also on improving results for children with disabilities.
Dates: Responses must be received by April 25, 2014.
On April 29, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. MT, The US Departments of Justice and Education will present a 90-minute webinar on principle 3 of the guiding principles of the school discipline guidance package. The webinar, “Guiding Principle 3: Equity and Continuous Improvement,” a product of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, will identify action steps schools can use to eliminate discriminatory school discipline policies and practices and explore ways to implement the steps. Register online or get more information on the Supportive School Discipline Webinar series.
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 April 14, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the April 14 meeting.
As part of the requirements for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004, all states develop and submit a State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR). The SPP contains baseline data, projected targets, and activities to achieve those targets that will improve the outcomes for children with disabilities. The APR serves to inform both the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and the public on progress toward meeting the targets set in the State Performance Plan.
According to the federal regulations that implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (34 C.F.R. §300.602), SEAs are required to make the State Performance Plan (SPP) and the Annual Performance Report (APR) available to the public. The FFY 2012 SPP and APR can be found at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/resources/spp-apr/.
A number of federal agencies, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, have begun a new effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. The initiative, Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, is a coordinated effort that draws heavily on previous developmental and behavioral screening efforts by consolidating materials. Tools are available at this website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/watch-me-thrive. The initiative will help families and providers celebrate milestones, promote universal screening, identify delays and concerns early, and enhance development supports. The group has also published a list of research-based developmental screening tools appropriate for use across a wide range of settings.