|MISSION:To increase recruitment, retention, knowledge and skills of educational professionals serving students with disabilities in Arizona.|
Director of Recruitment and Retention
Tel: (602) 542-4831
Director of Professional Development
Tel: (602) 364-2066
The Professional Learning and Sustainability (PLS) Unit, formerly known as CSPD, provides professional development for all staff working with students with disabilities and further assists Arizona schools with recruitment, preparation, and retention of highly qualified special education personnel. PLS’s goal is to give school staff the training necessary to make systemic change and improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
This website provides research to practice guidelines, strategies, and resources to support professionals and parents in improving results for students with disabilities.
Please click here for more information on the Directors Institute, Teacher Conference, and Principal Institute, as well as archived conference materials.
PLS works to bring qualified applicants to Arizona. We sponsor the Arizona Education Employment Board (AEEB), a website that brings districts/charters and applicants together. This site also lists the positions available statewide. Weekly updates are sent to everyone who registers on the site. We sponsor the annual Great Arizona Teach-In, a job fair for all districts/charters in Arizona. Our marketing brings in more than a thousand applicants from around the country every year for special education teaching positions as well as vacancies in speech-, occupational- and physical therapy. PLS is continually involved in numerous, ongoing recruitment efforts to fill the needs of Arizona schools.
Please visit this page for instructional resources that can assist special educators to develop IEPs that are instructionally relevant and designed to increase access to the general education curriculum. These resources include archived webinars.
To enhance personnel development, PLS provides varied training opportunities for educators/schools working with students with disabilities. Trainings include professional development models that achieve high results for implementation. School teams for our trainings must include the building administrator, a special education teacher, and a general education teacher. Other team members are selected based on the needs of the school or the specific training. PLS designs their trainings to follow the National Staff Development Council Guidelines.
Please visit this page for additional resources such as free, online modules and archived webinar recordings.