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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.


Call for Papers

Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference, Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes, invites the submission of proposals for breakout sessions. This year’s conference is structured around three topical strands: 1) Connecting with Youth; 2) Connecting with Families; and 3) Connecting with Agency and Community Partners. This collaborative, cross-stakeholder event includes youth and young adults with disabilities, family members and caregivers, state agency staff, educators, service providers, and community members who share a commitment to the successful transition of students to adult life.

Proposal submissions are invited that address one of the three strands, include practical and replicable activities or strategies, and focus on strengths as they relate to:

• Best practices/evidence-based practices;

• Implementation strategies;

• Outcomes and/or products; and

• Tools to share that support replication.

Proposals will be chosen to create a balance of topics that will appeal to a variety of audiences.

To view the Call for Papers, please click here.


Call for Cover Artwork

Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference Planning Committee is seeking artwork designed by students with IEPs for this year’s conference brochure cover. Any student currently enrolled in an Arizona public education agency (PEA) or approved private school who is identified with a disability and is between the ages of 14 and 22 is eligible to submit an entry.  The entry submission deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015.

The first-place winning entry will be used on the brochure cover. Other winning entries will be used throughout the conference brochure, and all student entries will be acknowledged by the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services. The theme, Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes, reflects the importance of making connections with the people, agencies, and resources that support engagement, independence, and successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. The cover artist winner and his or her family will be offered scholarships to attend the conference.

To view the Call for Cover Artwork, please click here.


General Information

Registration is scheduled to begin in May 2015 – check back regularly for updates!

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.



PD OPPORTUNITY: ADE/ESS Recruitment and Retention Offers Three Webinars

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services is pleased to announce two upcoming webinars. We hope that you can join us for these learning opportunities.

ADE Special Education Certification Changes
This webinar will explain changes to special education certification that will be effective January 1, 2016. Reciprocity and proficiency exams will also be discussed.
Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Space is limited.
Reserve your webinar seat now at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/770619782.

Recruitment and Retention Strategies
During this webinar, strategies to recruit and retain special education teachers and personnel will be discussed. After discussing what the Arizona Department of Education is doing in this area, dialogue will then be opened to the field to discuss recruitment and retention strategies used in Local Education Agencies (LEAs) throughout Arizona.
Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Space is limited.
Reserve your webinar seat now at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/982456182.



The Special Edition Newsletter

The Exceptional Student Services team is honored to introduce the inaugural issue of the Special Edition. The Special Edition is our quarterly newsletter to share information on relevant topics and communicate upcoming events. We hope you enjoy our first edition. Please let us know if you would like a topic addressed in upcoming issues (http://ess.fluidsurveys.com/s/special-edition-1-1/). Look for the second edition in March 2015. Enjoy!

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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.”