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Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference

Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes

August 24–26, 2015

Talking Stick Resort

9800 East Indian Bend Road

Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Please visit the 2015 Transition Conference website, http://www.azed.gov/special-education/2015-transition-conference, for additional information.


Secondary Transition Stakeholders

Please save the date for Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference, being held August 24 – 26, 2015, at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale! The Monday and Tuesday keynote presenters have been selected and ESS is very excited to share information about them below.

SAVE THE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT- TC 2015 FINAL

Registration will open in May 2015. Please contact Jeannette Zemeida at jeannette.zemeida@azed.gov with questions.


Teachers’ Institute — Aiming for Greatness

The Arizona Department of Education’s K-12 Academic Standards and Exceptional Student Services Divisions are hosting the Teachers’ Institute tailored to the needs of both general education and special education teachers. This two-day conference will feature national and Arizona educators. Breakout sessions will be pertinent to both general education and special education teachers.

Target audience for Teacher’s Institute: Special and General Education Teachers Preschool to Grade 12, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Related Service Providers, ELL Teachers, and Content Specialists.

Conference Schedule: Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Cost: Registration for an individual is $199. Team up a general education and a special education teacher from the same school for the discounted registration fee of $150 per person. If you are taking advantage of this offer, put GROUP in the registration section labeled Payment Number.

Space is limited—please register as soon as possible.

Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation number. If you do not receive a confirmation number, your registration is not complete. Confirmation numbers are not a guarantee of admittance; payment must be received before you attend the conference. Payment is accepted by check or purchase order only. Advise ADE of any substitutions by June 25th. Contact Abby Sanchez (602) 364-3026 or abby.sanchez@azed.gov. No cancellation or refunds will be allowed. Two weeks prior to the conference, all paid, registered attendees will receive information on how to access all printed material.

Additional Information
For detailed conference information contact:
Linda Mosteller
602-542-4469
linda.mosteller@azed.gov

Payment
Make payment payable to Arizona Department of Education.
Mail to:
Arizona Department of Education
Attn: Abby Sanchez
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Please be prompt in informing your business office of your registration. A confirmation number is required on the day of the event and should also be included on your purchase order. A registration fee is charged for all registrants, including those who do not show.

Purchase orders sent by fax WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS NUMBER ONLY: 602-542-5404

For questions regarding registration, contact:
Abby Sanchez
602-364-3026
abby.sanchez@azed.gov

Hotel Information
Glendale Renaissance Hotel
9495 West Coyotes Boulevard
Glendale, Arizona 85305
1-800-468-3571
Reference the room block for the ‘Arizona Teachers’ Institute’

Who Should Attend: Special and General Education Teachers Preschool to Grade 12, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Related Service Providers, ELL Teachers, and Content Specialists.
Contact: Linda @ 602-542-4469



Save the Dates – 2015 ADE Conferences

Save the Date 2015 Conferences



2015 Great Arizona Teach-In Job Fair

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.



Public Notice Regarding Application for Federal Funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is applying for federal funding under IDEA ‘04 for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  The eligibility document serves as the basis for the operation and administration of activities to carry out the requirements of Part B of the IDEA.  In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 300.165 and 441 (b)(7), the federal regulations that implement the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) ((20 U.S.C. §1232d(b)(7)(B)), this application is posted for public participation and comment.

The Application document sets forth policies and procedures that Arizona will undertake:

  • to ensure that all eligible children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to meet their unique needs;
  • to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;
  • to assist public education agencies in providing for the education of all children with disabilities; and
  • to assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate those children.

The Part B State Application and Interactive Spreadsheet are available to parents, educators, and members of the general public for review and comment at the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services, 3300 N. Central Avenue, 24th floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, or on the ADE website at www.azed.gov/special-education.  

 

Comments may be submitted in writing until May 4, 2015 to:

Angela M. Denning, M.Ed
Deputy Associate Superintendent
Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Email: angela.denning@azed.gov



SELECT Summer 2015 Courses

SELECT (Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching) is a federally funded program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education and offered by the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University. SELECT courses are entirely online and are recommended for special and general education teachers, administrators, related service personnel, and para-educators. Certified school personnel can take SELECT classes for renewal hours. SELECT classes can be taken for university credit by those teachers or administrators who are required by their school districts to have official transcripts and for those who may need to transfer hours to another district or out of state. The classes also can be taken for professional growth contact hours for free.

Summer 2015 enrollment is now open. See the “SELECT Summer 2015 At-A-Glance” schedule to view a listing of available courses beginning in June. If you have questions regarding enrollment or if you would like to see a course syllabus, contact SELECT at SELECT@nau.edu; 928-523-9250 or 928-523-1809. You may also register for Professional Growth online at http://nau.edu/SBS/IHD/Programs/SELECT-Professional-Growth/.



 

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



Alternate Assessment Newsletter for Special Educators Includes Accountability Tips

To keep special educators (and directors) up on alternate assessment news, our monthly newsletter, Tidbits, addresses topics of interest and important dates for pilot testing and assessments. This month’s newsletter focuses on increasing performance expectations and Results Driven Accountability. To access the newsletter, go to http://www.azed.gov/assessment/aims-a/ and click on Newsletters.



Move On When Reading Monitoring Alert

There have been many questions pertaining to how the Move on When Reading statute affects students with disabilities. ADE has provided clarification in the Monitoring Alert.



Information Regarding Replacement of “Mental Retardation” with “Intellectual Disability”

Please note the update taken from School Finance –  May 29, 2013. The original post for this topic can be found here.

On October 5, 2010, President Obama signed legislation requiring the federal government to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in many areas of government. This measure, known as Rosa’s Law, strips the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from federal health, education, and labor policy. “Intellectual disability” or “individual with an intellectual disability” are being inserted in place of these outdated terms. The rights of individuals with disabilities remain the same.

ADE is in the conversion process required by this legislation. References to “mental retardation” are being changed to “intellectual disability” and the acronym “MR” is being replaced with the acronym “ID.” The current acronyms for the disability categories of MIMR, MOMR, and SMR are being changed to MIID, MOID, and SID within SAIS. Additionally, references to a “mentally retarded individual” are being changed to an “individual with an intellectual disability” in resource documents, memos, and other supporting documentation throughout ADE.

ADE’s conversion from “MR” to “ID” in SAIS will be introduced in July 2013. However, not all ADE data collection application and resource material conversions will occur immediately after June 30, 2013. The conversion process for other online applications and resource materials is expected to be finalized no later than December 2013.

SAIS business rules were created identifying the areas within SAIS to be modified to accommodate this change. The rules can be found here within the “Business Rules” section of the webpage under fiscal year “2014.”