Please visit the 2014 Directors Institute page for more information about this event.
Please visit Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference page for more information about this event.
Arizona Employment First Forums
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!
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
Please visit the Second Annual Teachers’ Institute page for more information about this event.
Middle school is a critical period for students facing reading difficulties. It is in grades six through eight that struggling readers may fall seriously behind their peers, jeopardizing their chances for success in high school and beyond. Yet, despite the importance of their task, middle school teachers are often forced to use reading curricula that are outdated, impractical, or simply do not work.
During this three-day conference, Dr. Anita Archer will help participants master the most current research-validated strategies for increasing fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and decoding skills.
Dr. Archer serves as an educational consultant to school districts on effective reading and writing instruction, classroom management, and design of effective literacy programs. She is nationally known for her work on instructional procedures and design and is the recipient of eight Outstanding Educator awards. In addition, Dr. Archer has taught at San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon.
July 7–9, 2014
8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
Sheraton Phoenix Airport Tempe
1600 South 52nd Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Register for this conference at the ADE Events Registration page.
For more information about either conference, contact Linda Mosteller at Linda.Mosteller@azed.gov.
Materials for this conference can be downloaded below:
- Scaffolding Comprehension of Informational Text
- Observation: Delivery of Instruction
- Engagement in Intermediate and Secondary Classes
- Strategic Instruction for Building Fluency
- Improving Academic Vocabulary
- Writing Instruction: Examples
- Scaffolding Writing Instruction for Student Success
- Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers: A Practice Brief
- Struggling Readers Institute — Big Picture
- Short Writing Often — Not Just Long Writing Seldom
- Writing Frames
- Fluency — Handwriting and Typing
- Graphic Organizers – Template
- Graphic Organizers – Example
- Vocabulary Logs
- Word Study: Struggling Older Students