Personnel Development

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Project is designed to expand the number of Arizona educators who are skilled in meeting the needs of students with autism. This training program for school teams builds skills in the areas of evaluation, instructional planning and strategies, and environmental design to address the academic, social, communication, and behavioral needs of students with autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Early Childhood Pre‐K through 3rd Grade Autism Grant  

In collaboration with ADE’s Early Childhood Unit, PLS is offering a capacity building grant to school teams for trainings designed to improve instruction and support for students with autism in Pre-K through 3rd grade.

Contact: To be announced
Autism and Low Incidence Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability

www.azed.gov/special-education/autism-resources


Behavior — Multi‐Tier Behavior Supports (MTBS)

The Multi‐Tier Behavior Supports Project is a training designed to provide school or district teams with research‐based, multi-tiered, positive behavior supports for special education and general education students. Implementation of these supports will assist teams with the development of school-wide approaches for positive behavior management practices. Over a three-year period, teams will gain knowledge, implement strategies, and create a sustainability plan. PLS offers capacity building grants for the second and third years of training.

Contact: Celeste Nameth
Multi-tiered Behavior Support Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability
(602) 542‐5445
[email protected]


Capacity Building Coaching

Capacity Building Coaching is a six‐day, interactive training series that increases the level of an individual’s knowledge and skills through the acquisition of effective coaching strategies and techniques. Training is designed for participants to develop and improve coaching skills while learning research‐based strategies to support and coach individuals and school‐based teams. This training is recommended for current and retired education professionals interested in developing and improving communication and coaching skills.

Contact: To be announced
Coaching Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability


Communities of Practice

Community of Practice is a strategy that uses “leading by convening” across a variety of stakeholders to coalesce around issues/problems in order to create and sustain needed change.  The Professional Learning and Sustainability (PLS) Unit provides assistance in the development and support of on-going Communities of Practice (CoP) focused on improving the education of all students, including students with disabilities.

Contact: William McQueary
Community of Practice Coordinator
Professional Learning and Sustainability
(602) 364‐0642
[email protected]


Co-Teaching and Inclusive Practices

A statewide Community of Practice for inclusionary practices has been established to create guidelines for best practice for this initiative. Stakeholders are working towards providing information explaining inclusionary practices and a handbook for school personnel in Arizona.

PLS is currently researching and developing informational materials for co-teaching and strengthening the collaboration of general education and special education teachers.

Contact: Susan Shooter
Inclusion/Co‐Teaching Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability
(602) 542‐4806
[email protected]


IDEA Capacity Building Personnel Development Grants

Professional Learning and Sustainability, in collaboration with Special Projects and Program Support and Monitoring, offers the following competitive and noncompetitive capacity building grants that support training and tuition assistance for school staff working in public school settings:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • AT Tech for Learning Communities
  • Arizona Data Accountability Reading Training (AZ DART)
  • Arizona Teams Intervening Early to Reach All Students (AZ TIERS)
  • Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS®) Training of Trainers (TOT) Institute
  • General Education to Special Education Teachers tuition assistance (GEtSET)
  • Multi-Tier Behavior Supports for K–8 Schools
  • Paraprofessional Tuition Assistance
  • Secondary Transition Mentoring Project/College and Career Readiness (STMP/CCR)
  • TIERS/DART Phase 3 Implementation

Contact: Celia Kujawski
IDEA Capacity Building Grant Coordinator
Professional Learning and Sustainability
(602) 542‐4610
[email protected]


Mathematics

The Professional Learning and Sustainability Unit provides professional development, instructional resources, and information to support general education and special education teachers serving students with disabilities. All information is aligned to the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards in Mathematics.

Contact: Harold Campbell
Mathematics Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability
(520) 770‐3363
[email protected]


Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
The Professional Learning and Sustainability Unit is represented on the ADE team creating a Multi-tiered Systems of Support framework for Arizona schools. This framework will provide school personnel with recommendations for assessing, identifying, and scaffolding academic and behavioral instruction and interventions.

Contact: Celeste Nameth
Multi-tiered Behavior Support Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability
(602) 542‐5445
[email protected]


Reading
Exceptional Student Services is collaborating with the K–12 Academic Standards section to provide the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training in Arizona. This professional development opportunity for school personnel to improve the teaching of reading is provided in support of A.R.S. 15‐701 (Move On When Reading). The LETRS course content is strongly aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.

On completion of the LETRS training and receiving certification of Trainer of Trainers (TOTs), participants will be qualified to provide the training for their school and district staff. These TOTs will form regional Communities of Practice to offer support to other schools and districts.

Contact: To be announced
Education and Reading Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability

Additional Contact: Kim Rice
Education Program Specialist
Professional Learning and Sustainability
(602) 771-4299
[email protected]

 


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