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Helping Struggling Readers Navigate Complex Informational Text

The English Language Arts Standards ask that students read increasingly complex text, but how do teachers support students who struggle with reading skills? This session will provide strategies and research for teachers who have students that struggle with reading informational text in grades 4-12.

Topics and activities will include:

  • Text Complexity vs Text Difficulty

  • Establishing a reading routine with students

  • Comprehension Strategies- identifying the main idea, summarizing, and using language features to support comprehension

  • Teacher tools to support comprehension instruction

  • Vocabulary Strategies – a focus on word knowledge and word learning, including which words to teach students to support reading growth

  • Fluency – Effectively using multiple reads to support fluency and comprehension

  • Word Recognition- Student supports for navigating multisyllabic words and internalizing strategies for what to do when they don’t know a word

Participants will be eligible for 6.0 hours of professional development credit.  Back






Making Sense of Science – Energy Teacher Course

Developed by WestEd, this comprehensive professional development course for science teachers provides all the necessary scaffolds for building a scientific way of thinking in teachers and students, focusing on science content, inquiry, and literacy,

This course is about making sense of the science of energy. It focuses on science, questioning, and literacy — all in the service of building a scientific way of thinking and instilling that way of thinking in students. Through the course activities, you’ll learn practical, relevant strategies for teaching science — how to guide hands-on science learning, support evidence-based discussions, and help your students develop the academic language, habits of mind, and communication skills necessary for sense making and scientific reasoning. As a way to investigate teaching, you’ll read and discuss cases written by teachers for teachers. The cases, which include rich examples of student work, allow you to grapple with science content, navigate typical teaching challenges, and experience authentic dilemmas that occur when teaching energy to students. Although this course is designed for middle-school science teachers, it is open to all grade levels of science teachers interested in further developing their own conceptual understanding of energy and how their students learn about energy.

·         Day 1 seeks to answer ‘What is energy?’ and explores the various kinds of energy that keep our world going.

·         Day 2 identifies the various types of potential energy and helps to clarify what it really means to have potential energy.

·         Day 3 explores the various ways in which heat energy is misunderstood and the ways in which scientists define and talk about heat energy, how it’s transferred, and how it affects our world.

·         Day 4 provides a systematic explanation for how and why conservation of energy is possible.

·         Day 5 explores the complex interactions between food and organisms.

Registration Cost is $300.00 per person, including the book: Making Sense of Science – Energy Course Teacher Book   BACK






2-Day STEM Boot Camp

Target Audience: 3-8 Teachers

Offered: June 9-10 OR July 18-19, 2016

$65 per person

STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should not be viewed as curriculum, but rather a way of organizing, integrating, and delivering instruction through an intentional interdisciplinary mindset. There is an increasing need to better understand STEM and provide for more rigorous, relevant and engaging interdisciplinary STEM teaching and learning opportunities. This 2-day “boot camp” will energize and motivate teachers by building background, providing tools and resources with support to successfully implement integrated STEM connections.

Through this engaging, hands-on 2-day STEM Boot Camp participants will:

  • Develop a foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of STEM teaching and learning

  • Build their own STEM teaching toolkit based on research and best practices

  • Create a framework to develop and sustain a STEM learning environment

Includes book: STEM Lesson Essentials – Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by Jo Anne Vasquez, Cary Sneider, Michael Comer

For the best experience please bring your laptop with the most current version of OS and most up to date Chrome, Firefox or Safari web browsers. In addition, you may also want to bring a mobile device (if available) such as smartphone, iPad or Android tablet with the most current version of OS. It is important to make sure you can connect to public/secure wifi hotspots with your devices. It also helpful to have enough administrative rights to be able to download, install or update Internet browsers, Apps, Java, or other important updates. Participants are encouraged to bring their instructional materials such as lessons or pacing guides for planning on how to integrate and harness to the power of video into their instruction.

Participants will be eligible for 12.0 hours of professional development credit.

Check-in begins at 8:18 a.m., Workshop: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: 3300 N. Central Ave. – room 16-100 back









Teaching Reading Effectively: Trainer of Trainers

In support of A.R.S. 15-701 – Move On When Reading, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is committed to building capacity as the local, regional and state level. ADE provides the Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) training in counties across Arizona. The content includes current research and evidence based practices that are necessary for the development of the technical skills of reading, for the acquisition of academic vocabulary, and for deep comprehension.

For those educators who pass the exam at the end of the TRE course, we encourage you to attend the Trainer of Trainers (TRE-TOT) for TRE course. Completion of the TRE-TOT will equip you to become a TRE trainer for your school or district and opens the possibility to become a TRE trainer for the ADE. TRE-TOT participants must: • attend the initial 5-day TRE training, • attend a second 5-day training (TRE-TOT) to complete the TOT preparation, • pass the course exams for both the TRE and TRE-TOT, and • train the TRE course with fidelity. back

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3rd Annual Civic Learning Conference

March 4th 2013 Cost $60.00

The Arizona Department of Education and Maricopa Community Colleges are pleased to present the 3rd Annual Civic Learning Conference at Paradise Valley Community College. Join Arizona’s Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble, representatives from Arizona Civic Engagement Schools and Community College faculty as they discuss the importance and implementation of the six proven practices in civic learning.

Participant highlights of this one day conference include:

  • Speaker, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian
  • Learn about Arizona’s new Civics Test
  • Network with fellow conference participants
  • Engage in interactive sessions presented by current Arizona K-12 and  Community College educators
  • Examine the six proven practices in civic learning and take away strategies on how they can be  implemented with your own students
  • Gather valuable information and resources from leading civic organizations
  • Receive Professional Development hours for re-certification

Click here to register


Supporting the Young Learner with Special Education Needs Summit  April 5-6, 2016

The Arizona Department of Education’s Early Childhood Unit, in collaboration with the Head Start Collaboration Office, is hosting a summit: Supporting the Young Learner with Special Education Needs. The summit will focus on specific supports for families, administrators, teachers, and all related service providers of young children.

Teachers Stipends to attend   June 23-25 Conference

There are a limited number of stipends available to K-12 classroom teachers for support (fee for conference registration, travel, housing, and incidentals) through the NSF-funded Arizona Master Teachers of Mathematics program, administered by the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona.  Ensuring Equity and Excellent in Mathematics for all Conference will be held in the Phoenix Metro Area on June 23 through the 25th. 

Apply Now!


Tune into Digital Learning Day

Join other educators around the country for the fifth annual Digital Learning Day set for February 17, 2016. Read more…

 Follow on Twitter: @OfficialDLDay

Professional Development Spotlight

Feature Upcoming Ed. Tech Workshop: Leveraging Mobile Learning in the Classroom

Look around your classroom or school, how have mobile devices such as iPads, tablets, smartphones, and Chromebooks influenced the classroom landscape for students and teachers?  Read more..    Register today

Edcamp Phoenix

Edcamp Phoenix is a day for educators to come to the table and deepen   their understanding of their craft by creating a day of professional development that truly meets the needs of every single attendee. Read more..

Click here to print the complete Professional Development List.


2016 Southwest English Symposium

The Arizona State University Department of English’s Graduate Scholars of English Association (GSEA) hosts the 2016 Southwest English Symposium conference titled Objects and Commodities. The theme allows for a myriad of interpretations as we take into consideration the various permutations of both “object” and “commodity”. The conference keynote speaker is Ian Bogost, the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Information on the symposium can be found at

Professional Development Spotlight

Inquiry, Discourse, and Debate

We all know how important it is for students to read and write critically. Speaking and listening critically is equally important. Read more… 

STEMinars: Effectively Using Socratic Seminars to Enhance Your STEM Teaching and Learning

In this training, participants will learn and apply the process for implementing Socratic investigation in STEM lessons for grades 3-8. Read more... 

Click here to print the complete Professional Development List.

WHAT’S NEW IN MATHEMATICS                       TOP

Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding individuals who teach mathematics and science and bestows upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).    Read more..          Nominate an outstanding teacher today!

Free February is here!

Not only is it Arizona’s birthday, it is free February membership month.  As a part of the birthday celebration, AATM is offering free memberships.  Enjoy the benefits of AATM Membership through September 2016.  Feel free to pass along to your colleagues. Click here to register for your free membership.

Seeking passionate Math and ELA Teachers for the ADE Standards Work Groups

 If you are interested in applying to be a member of a grade-level working group, please complete the application found at the Arizona  Educator Engagement Opportunity webpage.

Professional Development Spotlight

Standards Based Math Stations in K-3                  

February 22                $40

This training will focus on the conceptual understanding of number in grades K-3 through implementation of standards-based math stations. Mathematical practices and AZCCRS will be embedded throughout the day. Participants will receive a copy of Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller.   Read more


Progressions of Learning in Mathematics grades 3-7

February 17th             $25

This professional development will examine progressions of learning in multiplication, fractions and proportional relationships.  Both student learning progressions and the strategies that students will exhibit will be examined. Read more..   

Click here to print the complete Professional Development List.


SHAPE America’s Physical Education Program Checklist

This Physical Education Program Checklist is designed to help school administrators, principals, teachers and parents review their schools’ physical education programs to ensure that they are addressing what SHAPE America has identified as the “essential components” of physical education (SHAPE America, 2015).

To view this resource click here

WHAT’S NEW IN SCIENCE                                TOP

The last three months we have looked at the three dimensions that are highlighted in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  The three dimensions: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, all work together to deepen the understanding of scientific phenomena that exists in the world. Read more

Join us for a webinar or professional development session on Bridging the Gap between the Arizona State Standard and A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Resources to help with three-dimensional teaching:

Three-Dimensional Instruction – By Joe Krajcik

A Framework for K-12 Science Education – National Research Council

Professional Development Spotlight

Making Sense of Science – Energy Teacher Course
July 11-15, 2016  Cost $300

This course is about making sense of the science of energy. It focuses on science, questioning, and literacy — all in the service of building a scientific way of thinking and instilling that way of thinking in students.

Read more

Click here to print the complete Professional Development List.

WHAT’S NEW IN STEM                                        TOP

There is much discussion about problem-based and project-based learning around STEM. A key element of STEM teaching and learning is providing students with opportunities to explore real-world questions and problems to enhance their deeper conceptual learning and understanding. In this edutopia link learn more about aligning projects with the standards and 7 steps to consider while planning for PBL opportunities.           Read more

Professional Development Spotlight

STEMinars: Effectively Using Socratic Seminars to Enhance Your STEM Teaching & Learning  March 8, 2016  Cost – $80

In this training, participants will learn and apply the process for implementing Socratic investigation in 3-8 STEM lessons.  Socratic Seminar is a deep analysis of substantive text and works of quality by a group of students /participants facilitated by a teacher or leader. Read more

Click here to print the complete Professional Development List.


2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest- 50 Years After The Miranda Decision

The theme of this student contest is the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona.  Cash prizes are awarded to the winners.  The deadline is April 15, 2016.  For contest details, click here.

Echoes and Reflections Moral Courage Student Essay Contest

Using the Holocaust as a lens, middle and high school students are encouraged to recognize those individuals throughout history who took a strong stand on a specific issue based on their personal beliefs or convictions, regardless of the danger or threat to their personal safety.

This contest is open to students in grades 7-12. Deadline is March 3, 2016. For full contest details and instructions, please click on both links below.

2016 Moral Courage Essay Information      2016 Moral Courage Essay Application Form

AZ Humanities- History Alive  4/24 and 3/1 6-7:30pm – Free

Listen to thrilling tales of adventure in the territorial American West as Hugh Grinnell and Jody Drake will present as the historical figures and answer questions from the figures perspective.  RSVP by clicking here. 

Professional Development Spotlight

Project Citizen Institute:  Inspiring Youth to Create Change 4/28-4/30- Free

Honorary Speaker: Mary Beth Tinker

We the People: Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary program for grades 5th-12th that focuses on state and local government. The program develops participatory citizenship skills, is an excellent model for performance assessment and an exemplary method for implementing project based learningRead more

Click here to print the complete Professional Development List.


Fifth Annual Chinese Speech Competition for High School Students Feb. 23,2016 9:30am

Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability in the target language by competing with other students of the same level from different high schools at the ASU World Language Fair. Click for flyer

Japanese Language Teachers Needed for Summer Programs June 26-July 17, 2016

The Virginia Governor’s Japanese Academy is currently looking for Japanese Language Teachers.  The salary is $4,100.00- $4,800.00 for the 3 week Academy.   Click here for more information.

Professional Development Spotlight

AZLA Spring Workshop Saturday February 20, 2016 at Cactus Shadows High School 9am-3:30pm

Are you ready?  The new Arizona World and Native Language Standards.

This workshop will introduce the newly-revised state standards, noting significant changes and offering strategies that align with these standards. Read more

Registration: Registration will be available on January 1st, 2016!  

Please visit our WEBSITE( for more information.

Questions: Send an email to [email protected]

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English Language Arts Resources

Arizona English Language Arts Standards

Arizona English Language Arts Standards

Appendix ASupplement to Appendix A

Appendix C

Overview of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

English Language Arts Professional Development Face-to-Face  Webinars

Arizona English Language Arts Assessment


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Arizona Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time

Arizona English Language Arts Certification and HQT Information


Arizona English Language Arts Certification and HQT Information

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Link to the English Language Arts Instructional Resource Page

Link to the English Language Arts Professional Resource Page

Contact Information

Sean RossDirector of K-12 ELA and Humanities

K-12 Academic Standards

Arizona Department of Education


Mary WennerstenDirector of K-3 Literacy

K-12 Academic Standards

Arizona Department of Education




Research and Information Fluency

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Webinar: Research and Information Fluency – Teaching students to strategically navigate massive amounts of information available through multi-media has become a priority as we increase our demand for incorporation of evidence and reasoning in student work. And not only do students need to know how to strategically navigate and evaluate information from multiple media formats, they need to be able to use that media to strategically and collaboratively share information as well. Does how we teach ‘research’ need to change? How has it evolved?

Participant is eligible for 1 hour of Professional Development credit.

To register for Webinar: Research and Information Fluency on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM MST go to:

After you register you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Test Event

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TUSD TRE December_January

AZ Educator Opportunities

Arizona Educator Opportunities

By uniting and mobilizing the education community behind a common purpose for preparing our students for college- and career- success, the Arizona Department of Education is welcoming educators from around the state to be an active contributor to ensure a seamless and effective implementation of Arizona’s Common Core Standards.

The Arizona Department of Education values the input of our educators. This webpage will host a variety of opportunities for you to become a part of what’s happening in Arizona education. Below are applications for different committees that the we would like for you to consider.

Arizona Standards and Assessment Committee Application
Complete this application if you are interested in serving on Arizona’s standards committees or AIMS committees.

Master Educator Instructional Resource Development Team Application
Interested Arizona educators can apply to be a part of Arizona’s Common Core Standards Development Team to develop new resources which help support Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Complete the entire application. You will be notified if you are selected to be a part of this Development Team.

Master Educator Instructional Resource Review Team Application
Interested Arizona educators can apply to be a part of Arizona’s Common Core Standards Resource Review Team to review existing and new resources which help support Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Complete the entire application. You will be notified if you are selected to be a part of this Review Team.