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.



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

 

 

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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