Professional Learning and Sustainability

Published: March 21st, 2019

RECRUIT OPPORTUNITY: ArSHA- Recruitment and retention of SLPs and speech personnel

Dear Special Education Director,

The Arizona Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ArSHA) will be holding its annual convention in Phoenix on April 5 and 6. Hundreds of Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Technicians, and SLPAs will attend the convention.

The Arizona Department of Education sponsors school-based speakers at the convention to support high quality, relevant professional development for our school-based speech personnel. This year’s ADE-sponsored topics include AAC, executive function, critical thinking, push-in therapy, and using telepractice in a school setting.

ADE/ESS will have a table in the exhibit hall to recruit SLPs/SLTs/SLPAs on your behalf. If you have a speech vacancy in your district or charter, please post your job on ADE’s free Arizona Education Job Board:

At the convention, we will hand out a flyer that lists all SLP/SLT/SLPA positions posted on the Arizona Education Employment Board as of April 1. Don’t miss this opportunity to advertise current job openings!

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: January 17th, 2019

PD OPPORTUNITY: Free Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Training Available, Register Now!

Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training opportunities! New Instructor Certification Training and Instructor Certification Renewal Training options are available, at no charge, to public education agencies in Arizona. Districts and charter schools have the opportunity to send up to two individuals on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructor Certification Training—Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

About CPI: CPI provides a framework to defuse challenging and disruptive behavior(s) to help prevent crisis situations. Successful implementation facilitates a culture of care, welfare, safety, and security within an organization. CPI training can help improve confidence in navigating day-to-day challenges while improving staff relationships with both service users and stakeholders. CPI has been proven to reduce risk of injury and alleviate stress & anxiety, all while improving staff retention.

Training Opportunities: The Instructor Certification Program includes four full days of classroom training. Training dates can be selected from the following options:

  • February 5—8, 2019
  • March 19—22, 2019

The Instructor Certification Renewal Program includes both online learning and one day of classroom training. Participants must have completed the Instructor Certification (or Renewal Program) and must be seeking to fulfill the two-year instructor proficiency requirement to be eligible for this course. Training date options are as follows:

  • May 6, 2019
  • May 7, 2019

Location All trainings will be offered at the Arizona Department of Education, located at: 1535 W. Jefferson St., Conference Room 311—312, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

If interested, please fill out the form at

Please contact Aanya Rispoli at [email protected] with questions. Thank you!

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Training, Updates |
Published: January 8th, 2019

PD OPPORTUNITY: FREE Trainings for Teachers and School Counselors/Social Workers/Psychologists on Trauma and Effects on Students Available!

Hello Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce a partnership with AHCCCS and the Neurosequential Model Network to present an amazing professional learning opportunity for Arizona’s schools. The following trainings will assist schools in dealing with trauma and its effects on students.


The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) draws upon the neurodevelopmentally-informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning to help educators understand student behavior and performance. The goals of NME are to educate faculty and students in basic concepts of neurosequential development and then teach them how to apply this knowledge to the teaching and learning process. NME is not a specific “intervention;” rather, it is a way to educate school staff about brain development and developmental trauma and then to further teach them how to apply that knowledge to their work with students in and outside the classroom, particularly those students with adverse childhood experiences. This is for classroom teachers and is a trainer of trainers model, and participants will be equipped to bring strategies back to their schools.


The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children and is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists, and related professionals best meet the needs of the child. (This training is for Master’s level school social workers, school counselors, or school psychologists.)


There is no fee for participants! However, registration is first-come, first-served and based on statewide representation. Candidates selected to attend the NME training will be required to provide at least one training at their site upon completion of the program, and candidates selected to attend the NMT training will be required to participate in ongoing training activities and to report data as needed upon request.

Please see this flyer and hyperlinked application forms for more details. If you have questions, please contact Aanya Rispoli at [email protected].

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: December 20th, 2018

EXTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Scholarship opportunity to attend Arizona TASH 15th Annual Inclusive Practices Institute

Hello Special Education Directors, please see the following scholarship opportunity from the ADDPC:

Scholarship Opportunity Funded by ADDPC

Scholarships are available to provide financial support for selected participants to attend the 15th Annual Arizona TASH Institute. Scholarships will be provided to self-advocates with a developmental disability, family members of individuals with a developmental disability or adults that work with persons with a developmental disability. The application is due January 5th, and limited funds are available. The Arizona TASH committee will decide how much financial support is available for each applicant. Applicants will be contacted by January 15th.

Go to for more information and application.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: December 7th, 2018

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY- Training Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS)

Special Education Directors,

Exceptional Student Services is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for Arizona’s school-based sign language interpreters.

Training Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS) was developed by TASK12 at the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University. This intensive program begins with a face-to-face training with interpreters, followed by five months of study via online modules that aim to improve the performance skills of interpreters and ultimately support the educational success of children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing. Interpreting skills are assessed before and after the training.

The course begins on January 12th and the total cost is $450, which includes the EIPA exit exam after completing the TIPS training. The registration deadline is Friday, December 28th.

If you have questions, please contact LeeAnn Lundgreen or Lisa Kunz.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: November 30th, 2018

RECRUITMENT INFO: Registration for 2019 Statewide Arizona Education Job Fairs Now Available

Special Education Administrators:

The ADE/ESS is pleased to announce that registration for the 2019 Statewide Arizona Education Job Fair and the 2019 Southern Arizona Education Job Fair is now open! The job fairs are a one-stop opportunity for schools and job-seekers with on-site networking, interviewing, fingerprinting, certification information, and more.

Please see this flyer for additional details and forward to anyone you know who has an interest in working in the field of education.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |