PD OPPORTUNITY: Designing Comprehensive Evaluation Systems

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 laura.dudzik@azed.gov.

 



Special Education Rule Committee 1/15/15 Communique

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.



Equal Access for English Language Learners Addressed in Joint Guidance Letter

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.



Special Education Rule Committee 12/15/14 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 December 15, 2014, Rule Making Communique  for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the December 15 meeting.



Medicare and Medicaid Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clarified

A new information bulletin is available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning services that are available for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read this bulletin to learn of the preventative services, therapy services, and other licensed practitioner services authorized by the various sections of the Social Security Act. Access this bulletin at http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Downloads/CIB-07-07-14.pdf.



New Resources on Head Injury Available from National Association

Two new resources are available from the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators. Because traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not one of the 14 IDEA eligibility categories, each State has defined how traumatic brain injuries should be considered in terms of IDEA eligibility. The first resource includes a summary of state definitions for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and some overall guidance for educating children: Special Education and TBI: A Summary of  State Definitions and Guidance for Educating Students with TBI-related Disabilities. The second resource shows how states use various funding resources to deliver rehabilitation and community services: State Services for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Their Families.



Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces Title VI Civil Rights Guidance

To ensure that all students have equal access to educational resources and safe school facilities and to create equal opportunities for all students’ success in schools, careers, and life, the Office for Civil Rights has issued a Dear Colleague letter providing guidance to schools on the legal obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Secretary Duncan’s words, “That means that all students regardless of their race, zip code, or family income should have equal access to educational resources—whether it’s effective teaching, challenging coursework, facilities with modern technology, or a safe school environment.”

The 25-page letter (which also contains endnotes) provides guidance on avoiding discrimination in all areas of school equity—curriculum, teaching, facilities, and technology—and discusses self-assessment and methods to ensure Title VI compliance. To view OCR’s Fact Sheet on Resource Equity in English, click here, and to view it in Spanish, click here. Also available from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights are additional resources at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/resourcecomparability.html.



Guidance Package Makes Recommendations for Correctional Education

To enforce the rights of incarcerated youth to a quality education, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder have announced a new guidance package. This guidance builds on the recommendations of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force report released in May. The package includes a set of guiding principles, a Dear Colleague letter from the Office of Special Education Programs on IDEA obligations, a Dear Colleague letter from the Office for Civil Rights, and a Dear Colleague letter on access to federal Pell grants. For more information or to obtain copies of any of these documents, please go to www.ed.gov/correctionaled.



Arizona Awarded New Preschool Development Grant

The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Arizona has been awarded a $20 million development grant under the Preschool Development Grants program as one of 18 states allocated with funding. With the planned focus of increasing access to high-quality preschool programs, the grant was awarded to states with small or no state-funded preschools; it was earmarked for states that serve less than 10 percent of four-year-olds and have ambitious plans for serving additional eligible children. This grant is groundwork for the Preschool for All initiative. Read more about this exciting opportunity for Arizona’s preschoolers at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2014/12/preschool-development-grant.pdf.



Special Education Rule Committee 12/2/14 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 December 2, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the December 2 meeting.