Professional Learning & Sustainability
ESS offers information and activities of evidence-based practices through trainings, resources, and technical assistance to support improved outcomes for students with disabilities, and also offers information to assist schools with recruitment and retention of qualified staff.
The Arizona Department of Education is not responsible for the websites linked to below, and these links do not imply ADE’s endorsement.
Arizona Education Job Fairs
Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM)
ATIM is designed to support the needs of a variety of individuals involved with children with disabilities. Topics include AT for School Age, AT Assessments, AT Supports and Services in the IEP, AT for Early Childhood through Adult Life, and Planning, Designing and Integrating AT. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. ATIM modules are available at no cost; however, the user is required to create a free account before accessing the modules.
An individual with autism may need specialized instruction, assistive technology, therapies, and positive behavioral supports that reflect their unique strengths in order to develop the skills to actively participate in the world. It is ADE/ESS’s goal to share the knowledge, practices and supports that will help define effective services and programs in schools, districts and homes.
The links provided do not imply an endorsement of the materials; however, every effort has been made to ensure that the resources provided herein are accurate and timely.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Early Childhood Pre-K through High School Project (AzSAP-Arizona State Autism Project)
In collaboration with ADE’s Early Childhood Unit, Professional Learning and Sustainability (PLS) is offering a capacity building opportunity to school teams for trainings designed to improve instruction and support for students with autism in Pre-K through High School.
For more information, contact Lisa Kunz.
Basic FBA to BSP Online Training
Basic Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to Behavior Support Plans (BSP) training consists of 7 on-line modules created by Portland State University. The modules should be completed in order with time in between each module to complete the Homework Assignment for hands-on application of the skills learned in each module before moving on to the next module. A pace of about one module per week is recommended, though in some cases more time may be needed to complete the Homework tasks assigned in a module.
Capacity Building Grant Trainings
Az-Tech Capacity Building Grant
Az-Tech grant teams will participate in grant-funded training workshops in the fundamentals of assistive technology (AT) and universal design for learning (UDL). National and state leaders in the field of AT will conduct 11 days of outcome-driven training events during the training year. This grant is appropriate if your agency serves students with a wide range of disabilities.
For more information, contact Janet Fukuda.
Behavior: Multi-Tiered Behavior Supports (MTBS)
The Multi-Tiered Behavior Supports is a three-year training series that will assist district, charter, or school teams with the development of a school-wide approach for positive behavior management practices. This training is based on School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SW-PBIS) evidence-based elements. Cost:
- Year One – $756 per team member (teams must be comprised of 6 team members)
- Year Two – Grant Funded
- Year Three – Grant Funded
College and Career Competency Team Training (CCCTT) Project
The College and Career Competency Team Training (CCCTT) project is a collaborative professional development initiative led by the Arizona Department of Education and the University of Kansas, Research Collaboration. The purpose of this project is to support educators as they more systematically and comprehensively develop students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies for increased educational achievement, motivation, and improved post-school outcomes.
To learn more about the College and Career Competency School-Wide Framework and this multi-year, interactive, and interdisciplinary team training opportunity, contact Ana Nunez.
Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS)
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.
For more information, contact Kim Rice.
K-12 Standards Math Trainings
ADE’s K-12 Standards team offer free online webinars and workshops to support educators in the implementation of Arizona’s Mathematics Standards. Space is limited.
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
In partnership with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), the Council for Exceptional Children has developed and published a set of high-leverage practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates. The HLPs are organized around four aspects of practice:
CEEDAR stands for “Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform.” CEEDAR helps states and institutions of higher education reform their teacher and leader preparation programs, revise licensure standards to align with reforms, refine personnel evaluation systems, and realign policy structures and professional learning systems.
Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) is professional learning for educators who are responsible for improving K–12 instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Participants will understand how children learn to read and why some children have difficulty with this aspect of literacy, what must be taught during reading and spelling lessons, why ALL components of reading instruction are necessary and how they are related, how to interpret individual differences in reading achievement, and how to explain the form and structure of English. For more information, please click here.
ADE’s K-12 Standards team offer free online webinars and workshops to support educators in the implementation of Arizona’s English Language Arts Standards. Space is limited. For more information, please click here.
Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE)
The TRE is a five-day training designed for K-3 teachers and K-5 special education teachers that focuses on the five pillars of early literacy: Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. It also guides you through the assessments used for diagnosing a student’s specific area of struggle when learning to read. It is a vital training designed to improve and strengthen early literacy instruction.
The training includes two texts and a binder of materials to review during and after the training. The entire five-day training is only $80.00 and is an excellent use of Move On When Reading funds.
A limited number of these trainings are offered around the state each year, and they fill very quickly, so be sure to register early if you are interested.
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Nogales Cohort 1||8/27/18||8:30-4:00|
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Phoenix Fall Cohort 1||8/31/18||8:30-4:00|
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Phoenix Fall Cohort 2||9/4/18||8:30-4:00|
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Nogales Cohort 2||9/18/18||8:30-4:00|
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Tucson Cohort 1||10/29/18||8:30-4:00|
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Phoenix Winter Cohort 1||11/8/18||8:30-4:00|
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Tucson Cohort 2||11/29/18||8:30-4:00|
|Teaching Reading Effectively – Phoenix Winter Cohort 2||1/17/19||8:30-4:00|
For more information contact K-12 Standards at [email protected] or call 602-542-5461.
SELECT Online Courses
SELECT Online Courses
The Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching (SELECT) program, is available through a collaboration between ADE/ESS/PLS and the Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development. This program enables Arizona educational professionals to complete courses in special education through free online training. SELECT courses provide training to persons seeking to expand their skills in working with children with disabilities and are recommended for general and special education teachers, administrators, special education directors, related service personnel, and paraeducators. SELECT courses may also be taken for credit by paying the tuition fees through the university.
For more information, contact [email protected].
Professional Learning Websites
AZ Promising Practices
AZ Promising Practices provides research to practice guidelines, strategies, and resources to support professionals and parents in improving results for students with disabilities.
The IRIS Center
The IRIS Center is a national center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. Over 17 training topics are covered including accommodations, behavior/classroom management, learning strategies and secondary transition.
Recruitment & Retention
For a list of all ADE trainings, check out the Calendar of Events.
Professional Learning Specialist
Professional Learning Specialist