Talk with ADE – SAVE THE DATE

Please note that Talk with ADE agendas and parking instructions will be sent out over the Special Education Directors’ litserv.

These are the dates of upcoming Talk with ADE meetings.

Friday, November 21

Friday, January 9

Friday, April 3

All meetings will be held at the 3300 N. Central Ave. office on the 16th floor from 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

For more information, please e-mail essinbox@azed.gov.



TBI 303 — Contemporary Issues After Brain Injury Executive Functioning and Transition for Success in Adulthood

This 2-part workshop will include two 3-hour presentations from agency professionals who will focus on (1) Assessing Executive Functioning and Implications for College and Career Readiness and (2) Secondary Transition: From School to Adult Services in Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Programs, and Post-Secondary Education. The format for the sessions will be short-format lecture with open discussion, ongoing question and answer sessions throughout, and include interactive opportunities to review relevant assessments and resources. All materials for this training will be provided.

You must have taken TBI 101 prior to this workshop.

Who Should Attend: Administrators; Directors of Special Education; Elementary/Secondary Principals; School Counselors; Speech/Language Pathologists; Parents, Foster Parents, Guardians; Secure Care Staff; General Education Teachers — all grade levels; Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals; School Psychologists; School Nurses and Health Asistants; Occupational and Physical Therapists; Other Community Agency Staff working w/Children; Support Personnel (bus drivers, clerical staff)
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

NORTHERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Blue Ridge School District
Blue Ridge High School Library
1200 W. White Mountain Blvd.
Lakeside, AZ
Nov 15, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 3:30PM Register
EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 1 of 2, Must register for November 19, 2014 training for full credit
Nov 18, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM Register
EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 2 of 2, Must register for November 18, 2014 training for full credit
Nov 19, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM Register
MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING — Focus for SLPs & SLPAs
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 1 of 2, Must register for March 17, 2015 training for full credit
Feb 17, 2015 @ 12:00PM – 3:00PM Register
NORTHERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center – CPLC (Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Mar 7, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 3:30PM Register
MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING — Focus for SLPs & SLPAs
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 2 of 2, Must register for February 17, 2015 training for full credit
Mar 17, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM Register
CENTRAL MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304
May 5, 2015 @ 8:00AM – 3:00PM Register


TBI 101 – Can’t You See Me? or TBI – The Invisible Disability

This overview workshop will include basic information on acquired brain injuries including types, incidence, prevalence, and leading causes. Based on understanding brain-behavior relationships, we will review signs and symptoms of brain injury and discuss impacts in the classroom. Focus will be on formal and informal assessments to identify assets/deficits due to injury and appropriate academic strategies to support the student in the classroom and community. The adult education format will be lecture, dialogue, video, small/large group discussions and includes a case study of a student with TBI. All training materials provided.

Who Should Attend: Administrators; Directors of Special Education; Secondary and Elementary Principals; School Nurses; School Counselors; Speech/Language Pathologists; Parents; General Education Teachers–All Grade Levels; Special Education Teachers and Aides; School Psychologists; Occupational and Physical Therapists; Any Agency Professionals Working with Children.
Contact: Jeannette Zemeida @ 602-542-3855

Register for TBI 101 at the ADE Events Registration page.

EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 1 of 2, Must register for Sept. 17, 2014 training for full credit

Sep 16, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM

EASTERN MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Gilbert Unified School District
Gilbert Community Education Center
6839 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Part 2 of 2, Must register for Sept. 16, 2014 training for full credit

Sep 17, 2014 @ 4:30PM – 8:00PM

NORTHEASTERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Blue Ridge School District
Blue Ridge High School Library
1200 W. White Mountain Blvd.
Lakeside, AZ

Sep 20, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM

NORTHERN REGIONAL TRAINING
Flagstaff Unified School District
Family Resource Center — CPLC (Christensen Elem.)
4000 N. Cummings St.
Flagstaff AZ 86004

Dec 13, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM

CENTRAL MARICOPA COUNTY REGIONAL TRAINING
Washington Elementary School District
Governing Board Room
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85304

Dec 16, 2014 @ 8:00AM – 4:00PM



Mentees & Mentors needed for New Special Education Director Mentor Program

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services will offer a mentoring program for new special education directors for the 2014-2015 school year. A “new special education director” is defined as a special education administrator who has served in this role for one or two years. If you are a new special education director and you are interesting in participating in this program, please find the mentee application attached to this email.

Additionally, ADE/ESS is seeking qualified mentors for the Arizona New Special Education Director Mentor Program. Mentors must have at least three years of experience serving as a special education director in order to apply. The mentor’s role is to provide ongoing support and assistance to mentees, as well as share his or her knowledge and skills throughout the school year in order to build confidence, competence, and awareness of the various demands of being a special education director. A stipend of $200 will be offered to mentors. Attached, please find the mentor application.

Please note the deadline for submission of all materials is Friday, September 5, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Aaroe at lisa.aaroe@azed.gov.

Mentor Application Mentee Application


Arizona Employment First Forums

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 Arizona Employment First Forums

Employment First Community Forums Flyer

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!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pN_5Unotm9ay4V41Ynl9F2T-MmU58UEuC29N3gnkvQs/viewform



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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Meeting Arizona College and Career Ready Standards for Special Education

WestEd – Sharen Bertrando & Kevin Schaefer

2014

Day One Handouts

  1. Presenter Power Point
  2. Participant Slide Notes
  3. Instructional Shifts
  4. Overview of the 2010 Mathematics Standards
  5. Cognitive Rigor Matrix-Writing
  6. Cognitive Rigor Matrix-Reading
  7. Cognitive Rigor Matrix-Math
  8. Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (legal size handout)

Day Two Handouts

  1. Presenter Power Point
  2. Participant Slide Notes
  3. Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards
  4. Disability Classifications in Arizona
  5. Autism Spectrum Disorders Evidence-Based Practices
  6. AZCCRS Math Kindergarten Standards Placemat
  7. AZCCRS Math 1st Grade Standards Placemat
  8. AZCCRS Math 2nd Grade Standards Placemat
  9. AZCCRS Math 3rd Grade Standards Placemat
  10. AZCCRS Math 4th Grade Standards Placemat
  11. AZCCRS Math 5th Grade Standards Placemat
  12. AZCCRS Math 6th Grade Standards Placemat
  13. AZCCRS Math 7th Grade Standards Placemat
  14. AZCCRS Math 8th Grade Standards Placemat
  15. AZCCRS Math 9-12 Grade Standards Placemat
  16. Readily Available Technology Resources
  17. Goal Writing Template
  18. Goal Writing Considerations

ASU Study of Students with Intellectual Disabilities-Invitation to Participate

Arizona State University is conducting a statewide study funded by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council that seeks to understand the aspirations of high school youth with intellectual disabilities after high school graduation, how they are preparing, and how they are being supported at home and in schools. The Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Arizona Department of Education, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Raising Special Kids, and a few school districts are advising the study.

We are inviting your school district or charter school to participate. We will be surveying both high school youth with intellectual disabilities and their families. The study process will not take staff time; however, we will need assistance disseminating study information to specific students and families. We will be conducting the survey starting in March and will continue until our target sample size of guardians and students is met.

Also, we will be conducting focus groups in three selected public education agencies (PEAs) throughout Arizona to gather in-depth information on how guardians and students are involved in transition planning and what they are currently doing to prepare: an inclusion PEA, a PEA that uses the least restrictive environment approach, and a rural PEA. These groups will serve as case studies on how parents and students approach transition in different school settings. Staff from these PEAs will be interviewed to provide a balanced view.

After the research is complete, we will provide overall State outcomes and results obtained from your district or charter, upon request. The overall findings will be released in a final report and presented at a statewide conference.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, you are welcome to contact Erica McFadden (erica.mcfadden@asu.edu), Sang-Eun Lee (slee128@asu.edu), or David Daugherty (David.B.Daugherty@asu.edu).

Contact information:

David B. Daugherty, PhD
Director of Research
David.b.Daugherty@asu.edu
(602) 496-0215 office
Arizona State University
Morrison Institute for Public Policy



Welcome to TIERS!

Welcome to TIERS!

The dates and location for the Teams Intervening Early to Reach All Students (TIERS) workshops:

September 17 – 18, 2013
November 5 - 6, 2013
March 3 – 4, 2014
 
Hilton Phoenix  Airport Hotel
2435 S 47th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034