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Published: April 12th, 2019

INTERNAL PD & RECRUITMENT/RETENTION OPPORTUNITY: Pre-Registration for Teach Camp is Now Open!

Dear Special Educators and Administrators, The ADE/ESS is pleased to announce that pre-registration for Teach Camp is now open! Teach Camp is a year-long support system that includes face-to-face and online professional development specifically designed for beginning special educators.  The goal of Teach Camp is to increase retention of special educators by providing our newest [Read more…]

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

ESS Parent Survey – Tips to Increase Participation

Tips to Increase Participation Use the ADEConnect ESS Parent Survey progress report tool to track survey completion by school site and student name. Send staff a screen shot of the school-site tally. Teachers will be motivated to increase parental participation on their campus. Study school-site rates to ensure the overall number of completed surveys represents [Read more…]

Posted in Parent Involvement Survey, Updates |
Published: April 8th, 2019

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Free Professional Development for Arizona Middle and High Schools – Provided by ADE/ESS & The University of Kansas, APPLY NOW!

APPLY NOW! FREE Professional Development for Arizona Middle and High Schools! Open attached Flyer & Application for additional details Applications due June 10, 2019 Do your students have difficulty with turning in homework, timeliness, focusing, studying, completing all aspects of projects, and/or managing emotions? Self-Regulation instruction can help. Do your students lack confidence, think future [Read more…]

Posted in Transition News, Updates |
Published: April 8th, 2019

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFO: Flyer/Link for BAE Visual Impairment Program

Dear Special Education Director, As you may be aware, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) is one of the disciplines affected by the special education teacher shortage. In fact, TVI had one of the sharpest increases in unfilled positions in Arizona schools according to the 2017-2018 ESS Teacher Attrition survey. Beginning this fall, Arizona State [Read more…]

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: April 4th, 2019

Report: 6 Skills Students Need for Careers

There are six skills that schools should be teaching to help prepare students for future employment, according to the National School Boards Association’s Commission to Close the Skills Gap. The skills are critical thinking, decision-making, customer focus, dependability and reliability, adaptability and trainability, and teamwork, according to the commission. For more information, please go to T.H.E. [Read more…]

Posted in Transition News |
Published: April 4th, 2019

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Training Available

Special Education Directors, The ADE/ESS is pleased to announce FREE training for school personnel on how to recognize and intervene with commonly occurring behavioral health issues. The National Council for Behavioral Health will deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Training to Arizona educators. This 3-day interactive training will teach participants how to: Teach the [Read more…]

Posted in Updates |
Published: April 4th, 2019

ACT Accommodations and English Learner Supports for Educators

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee’s diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability. To assist students who currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see the ACT Policy for Accommodations Documentation (PDF), which [Read more…]

Posted in Transition News |
Published: April 1st, 2019

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Multi-Tier Behavior Supports

Special Education Directors: Are you concerned about the current rate of suspensions and expulsions at your school or district? Do you feel students are losing valuable class time due to disruptions and other behavior problems? Are teachers struggling to be successful with classroom management? Are administrators spending too much time dealing with discipline issues? If [Read more…]

Posted in Updates |
Published: March 27th, 2019

Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification (YMHFA)

The Arizona Department of Education/ Exceptional Student Services, in partnership with AHCCCS, is pleased to announce that the National Council for Behavioral Health will deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification (YMHFA) training to Arizona educators. This 3-day interactive training will teach participants how to: Teach the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, including the [Read more…]

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: March 25th, 2019

FISCAL INFO: Important Dates and Deadlines for IDEA Funding

Directors of Special Education, ESS Program Management is sharing the following important dates for IDEA Funding and IDEA Fiscal Related activities. Included in this memo is an announcement of a half-day, in-person training at ADE Central on April 15, 2019. Please share these important updates with your PEA’s Business Manager. If you have any questions [Read more…]

Posted in Program Management, Training, Updates |