ADE Parent Information Network (PIN) Merger with Raising Special Kids

On October 1, 2012, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and Raising Special Kids began forging a partnership to strengthen and improve the delivery of parent training and assistance in special education. This partnership is committed to providing a coordinated network to help parents of children with the full range of disabilities understand their roles and responsibilities in special education.

On July 1, 2013, Raising Special Kids and the ADE Parent Information Network (PIN) merged their parent training activities to create a “one-stop shop” for parents to increase their knowledge and skills for participation and decision-making in special education. The resources formerly provided by the PIN, including documents, trainings, and the lending library, are now available through Raising Special Kids.

The July 1 merger features the following for parents, school districts and other professionals:

  • Statewide parent information and training on various topics to assist parents in:
    • understanding the special education process
    • working with professionals to understand and support their child
    • learning advocacy skills to appropriately participate in meetings
  • Special Education resource documents on a variety of topics
  • A local, regional, and national disability resource directory
  • Access to a DVD lending library featuring special education and disability topics
  • Regional support teams in Northern Arizona, Central Arizona, Southern Arizona
  • A toll-free help line (1-888-877-5910) for parents staffed by trained and knowledgeable specialists
  • All information, training and support provided in English and in Spanish

Special Education Directors, please read the Monitoring Alert regarding the merger here.

Click here to be redirected to the Raising Special Kids website.

1-800-237-3007
Offices in:
Flagstaff – Phoenix – Tucson – Yuma



Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and IEPs

Roll out of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS) has begun and educators across the country are being challenged to realign curriculum and address shifts in instructional priorities as they prepare for implementation. Special educators must be proactive and engage in this same work. Instructional resources will be identified that can assist special educators to develop IEPs that are instructionally relevant and designed to increase access to the general education curriculum.

  • October 29th, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Transitioning to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Students with Disabilities Webinar. This webinar, presented by WestEd, is designed to provide teachers with information on how to provide access to the Arizona Standards through grade-level standards-aligned Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), resources, and evidence-based instructional strategies.

View the archived webinar here.

View questions asked during the webinar here.

 

  • February 21, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. IEPs and the Common Core State Standards Webinar. This webinar, presented by Carol Kosnitsky, will provide a brief introduction to the process of aligning IEPs to the Common Core State Standards. Further information will be provided in a full-day conference on March 27 or 28, 2013 – A Common Sense Approach to Writing IEPs Aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Download the presentation handout.

View the archived webinar here.

View questions asked during the webinar here.

 

To be added to a list of interested participants for our next round of training, please provide your contact information here.


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