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!

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An Evening with Jonathan Mooney – Free Opportunity in Southern AZ

 

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The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services, in collaboration with Raising Special Kids, is pleased to announce an opportunity to hear Jonathan Mooney, a dynamic international speaker, who will share his experience of “falling outside of the norm.” He will discuss the need to have a strengths-based perspective on how people learn – students, family members, general and special educators, and community members will be moved by his message!

Mr. Mooney is a writer and learning activist with dyslexia who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an honors degree in English Literature. He is cofounder of Project Eye-To-Eye, a widely duplicated mentoring program for students with disabilities. Mr. Mooney was also a winner of the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service and was selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarships.

Location:  Desert View High School,  4101 E. Valencia Rd.  Tucson, AZ 85706

Date:  January 28, 2015

Time:  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For a sneak preview, go to http://www.jonathanmooney.com/, or see him on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJiNhW0G5hw.

Please share the following fliers: the first is geared toward professionals and the second for families.

Introduction to Co-Teaching-Materials Page

Please use the following links to view materials presented at the Introduction to Co-Teaching: A Model for Effective Instruction for All Students  training held on January 21-22, 2015.

Co-teaching Models

Co-Teaching Reflection Tool Part 1

Co-Teaching Letter to Parents

Co-Teaching Expectations

Co-Teaching Cite References

Co-Teaching AZ Workshop Resources Page

Co-Teaching A Model for Effective Teaching

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AZ Co-teaching Power point Jan 2015 for participants

Co-Teaching Reflection Tool Part 2 Instructional Delivery

Co-Teaching Reflection Tool Part 3 Collaborative Reflection

District or Site Co-Teaching Action Planning Tool

Gallery of Chart Paper Photos

Co-teaching is-is not sorting cards

If you encounter any issues with these handouts, please contact Linda.Mosteller@azed.gov.

Meeting AZCCRS for Special Educators – Materials Page

Please use the following links to view materials presented at the Meeting Arizona College and Career Ready Standards for Special Educators training held on January 7-8, 2015.

Day 1 PowerPoint
Day 2 PowerPoint

AZCCSS Information Scavenger Hunt A
Math Expanded LPF Part 2 – Grades 5-8
Crosswalk of Common Core Instructional Shifts: ELA/Literacy
Crosswalk of Common Core Instructional Shifts: Mathematics
Standards for Career Ready Practice POSTER
AZ IEP Goal Writing Document
5th Grade Mathematics Standards Placemat/a>

Math Expanded

UDL Guidelines
Broadly Define the Verb
Bulleted Mathematical Practices
What is Not Covered In the Standards

AZCCRs Internet resources short page

NCSC

If you encounter any issues with these handouts, please contact Linda.Mosteller@azed.gov.

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Arizona Employment First Forums

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 Arizona Employment First Forums

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Why is it important?

Integrated employment is the first priority of Employment First. The preferred outcome of the initiative is for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are job-ready and seeking to join the workforce obtain employment with an employer at or above minimum wage or generate earnings through self-employment. Maximum self-sufficiency through full integration into the community workforce is the desired end result of these efforts.

What do we want?

The Community Forums is the first in a series of activities planned to gather information from stakeholders, advocates, individuals with disabilities and their family members, about your needs for employment services. We want to hear from you. Your input will assist in the development of a comprehensive Employment First Strategic Plan which will be designed to empower our state to deliver quality, innovative employment supports focused on self-determination and inclusion.

Who should attend?

We need educators, people with disabilities and their families, self-advocates, transition specialists, service providers, business and community leaders, and all interested parties to discuss employment for people with disabilities.

How can you help?

Make a difference in your community by helping us improve employment outcomes. Attend one of our forums to provide your input and help us make employment the first option for all people with disabilities.

 

We hope that you will join us!  Register Now if you haven’t already, otherwise please feel free to share with your peers!

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AzTAP’s 16th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute

The only statewide Assistive Technology conference is scheduled for July 21 & 22 at the Arizona Grand Resort. There are so many great reasons to attend AzTAP’s  16th annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute, including:

  • A diverse and exciting schedule of local and out-of-state presentations on a wide range of topics related to AT in the public schools
  • A vibrant vendor hall with more than 50 AT vendors
  • Keynote speakers Haben Girma and Carolyn Phillips
  • Sit-down luncheon with lots of opportunity to network with other teachers and therapists  interested in AT
  • Fabulous door prizes

Visit the registration site: http://aztap.org/conference/registration

 



SELECT Fall 2014 Classes

SELECT courses are available online for special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals to meet re-certification requirements or to provide professional growth for anyone working with students with disabilities. Classes can be taken for university credit or free for professional development hours. Please share the attached information with your special education staff and school administrators.

All SELECT classes are taught online and are three (3) credit hours or forty-five (45) contact hours. SELECT classes are graduate level – students should contact SELECT for a syllabus to plan ahead to meet the work load.

Click on these links for course descriptions and a list of courses offered in the fall.

 

For more information:

Visit the SELECT website: http://nau.edu/SBS/IHD/Programs/SELECT-Program/
Email: select@nau.edu
Telephone: 928-523-1809

 


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Competitive Tuition Assistance Grants Available

The Exceptional Student Services, Professional Learning and Sustainability, Recruitment and Retention (ESS/PLS/R&R) Unit will soon release two tuition assistance grants for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

Paraprofessional Tuition Assistance (PTAG)

An Arizona school district or nonprofit charter school with a current or anticipated need for special education, early childhood special education, or related service staff may apply for an eligible paraprofessional with the desire and motivation to complete college coursework requirements for a(n):

  • Associate’s degree or the speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) technical coursework required for the SLPA license issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS); or
  • Bachelor’s degree in:
    • Early childhood special education;
    • Special education; or
    • An area of related service: speech-language (SL); occupational therapy (OT); or physical therapy (PT) sciences.

This competitive grant will pay for college tuition and textbooks for a special education paraprofessional or aide to a related services provider who works with your students with disabilities.

General Education to Special Education Tuition (GEtSEt)

An Arizona school district or nonprofit charter school with a current or anticipated special education teacher need may apply for an eligible general education teacher with the desire and motivation to complete certification requirements for the:

  • Cross-Categorical Special Education, K–12 Certificate for disabilities commonly known as high incidence disabilities (to become Mild to Moderate Professional Teaching Certificate on or about January 1, 2016);
  • Early Childhood Special Education, Birth–5 Years Certificate; or
  • Severely and Profoundly Disabled Special Education, K–12 Certificate for disabilities commonly known as low incidence disabilities (to become Severe and Profound Professional Teaching Certificate on or about January 1, 2016).

This competitive grant will pay for one-half of the college tuition required for an eligible general education teacher to pursue a career change to become a special education teacher.

If you have any questions about the grant please contact Celia Kujawski, IDEA Capacity Building Grant Coordinator, at 602-542-4610 or email Celia.Kujawski@azed.gov.