Archive — Month: April 2019

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]