As part of waiver requirements, we are posting an opportunity for public comment regarding the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) seeking a one-year waiver pursuant to §8401(b) from requirements within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).
The USDOE requires state educational agencies, when seeking waivers from statutory or regulatory requirements, solicit and respond to public comment on the request and provide evidence of the available comment period. This 15-day public comment period from July 21- August 4, 2021.
Arizona is seeking a waiver of section 421(b) of the General Provisions Act (Tydings waiver) with respect to your fiscal year 2016 School Improvement Grant funds (CFDA 84.377A) to extend the period of availability to September 30, 2022.
We invite you to share your feedback on Arizona’s waiver through August 4, 2021. You may submit your comments electronically through the link below or directly to School Support and Improvement Staff at [email protected].
Accountability ESSA Revision - 2nd Round of Feedback
The second round of feedback will be collected through August 27, 2021. Go to www.AZED.gov/essa for overview presentations of all webinars, individual program recorded webinars, FAQs, and survey links.
The Arizona Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Course is a FREE online, self-paced, self-guided course that will focus on the development and understanding of the Arizona Department of Education adopted CASEL Competencies and how to develop a systemic implementation of the social emotional learning within their school or organization.
The course has 4 main outcomes:
Build a strong foundation in social emotional learning that includes equity based, culturally responsive and trauma sensitive practices
Strategies and practices to strengthen adult SEL competencies and capacity
Strategies and practices to promote and integrate SEL for students
Systemic planning for classroom, school or organization wide implementation
Special Note: This course is designed to be taken as a school team, leadership team, or district teams but individual educators may choose to take this course on their own as well. Please choose the class that best fits your needs: Individual Educator, Teams, or Train-the-Trainer.
Please ensure to click "Online Course" when searching for this course in the event management system. This course is brought to you by the School Support and Improvement (SSI) and School Safety and Social Wellness units of the Arizona Department of Education.
The Comprehensive Needs Assessment, Root Cause, and Integrated Action Plan for all Title I Schools
Title I, II, III, IV-A, School Improvement and Move on When Reading schools will use the 6 Principles, Indicators and Elements to identify strengths and needs in order to increase student achievement and strengthen school systems leading to sustainable improvement. The primary needs identified in the Comprehensive Needs Assessment become the foundation for the Schools Integrated Action Plan. The LEA Integrated Action Plan is based on the School/s’ Comprehensive Needs Assessment findings. It supports the implementation of the School Integrated Action Plan.
ARS §15-241 requires the Arizona State Board of Education to adopt a methodology to assign letter grades for Arizona schools each year. District and Charter Schools assigned a letter grade of D or F must meet the following requirements, per ARS §15-241.02
Vision: ELEVATE seeks to improve LEA and school systems in order to significantly increase and sustain quality outcomes for all Arizona Students.
Mission: ELEVATE develops and empowers LEA and school leaders to focus on equity, improving teaching and learning that results in rapid and significant gains in student achievement
ELEVATE Theory of Action
If we develop equity-focused leaders’ skills and competencies to facilitate systemic change by creating and sustaining a high quality, cohesive instructional infrastructure a strong culture of learning and high expectations for all, a strategic, evidence-based talent management system
Then student achievement significantly improves, and student subgroup achievement gaps are eliminated.
COHORT 6 IS NOW FULL. We will post when Cohort 7 is available.
ELEVATE is a two-year executive leadership program developed and supported by the Arizona Department of Education and WestED. The program focuses on developing the knowledge, competencies and skills of leaders as they work toward systemic change within schools and LEAs.
How is the Program Structured?
The two year program includes a two day LEA Leadership Team Boot Camp and four two and a half day LEA and School Leadership Team convenings each year.
LEA Leadership Team, Superintendent plus key LEA leaders, SPED, Teaching and Learning, Federal Programs as meets the needs of individual contexts
School Leadership Teams, Principal plus a 3 or 4 person school leadership team
ELEVATE focuses on the levers of LEA and school systems