Personnel Development

Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Autism Disorders Project is designed to expand the number of Arizona educators who are skilled in meeting the needs of students with Autism. A two year training program for school teams builds skills in the areas of evaluation, instruction planning and strategies, and environmental design to address the academic, social, communication, and behavioral needs of students. The project also provides statewide information, training, and resources for evidence-based practices for this population.

Capacity Building Coaching

This training of four two-day sessions is designed to develop or improve individual and team coaching skills. Participants learn researched-based strategies to support and facilitate other educators and school-based teams. Thos who complete the training have the opportunity to apply for coaching a team participating in CSPD trainings.

Directors Institute

This annual event is especially dedicated to special education directors and their related personnel. National speakers cover topics relevant to the law, our State Performance Plan, and current issues concerning students with disabilities.

IDEA Capacity Building Grants

Competitive and non-competitive capacity building grants are available for many of the CSPD professional development opportunities. Grants are awarded for one year or two consecutive years based on the individual trainings.

Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports

PBISAz assists districts and schools in designing or enhancing school environments to ensure the most effective school-wide positive behavioral supports are provided. Throughout the two year project, educators, administrators, and other education professionals will receive technical assistance and evidence-based methods to assist schools in creating sustainable positive teaching and learning environments for all staff and students. PBISAz is aligned to Indicator 4 (lowering suspension/expulsion rates).

Principals Institute

These semi-annual regional one-day events are designed to meet the needs of superintendents, administrators, and other school leaders working with student s with disabilities. The focus is on special education law concerning grades K-12.

S.E.L.E.C.T. (Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching)

S.E.L.E.C.T. courses provide training to persons seeking to expand their skills in working with children with disabilities. These online courses are recommended for regular and special education teachers, related service personnel, paraprofessionals, and other interested individuals. Participants take S.E.L.E.C.T. courses to receive academic credit that can be applied towards teacher certification (if the class matches the certification requirement) or for professional growth (for those working towards teacher re-certification). S.E.L.E.C.T. courses are offered each fall and spring semester at a variety of locations throughout the state.

Information about SELECT Fall 2013 can be found here.

Special Education Teacher Conference

At the Special Education Conference for Teachers, you will be able to network with fellow special education teachers while attending informative sessions covering a range of topics and current issues facing special education teachers in Arizona. Participants will receive teaching strategies and knowledge about the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and will also access hands-on resources to use immediately. Breakout sessions will cover topics influencing the special education classroom such as assessment, autism, behavior, bullying, co-teaching, differentiated instruction, law, technology, parent involvement, response to intervention, and inclusion.

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Contact Information

Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-4013
Fax: (602) 542-5404
Email: essdesk@azed.gov


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