Professional Learning and Sustainability

Published: January 30th, 2020

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Algebra Training Now Available in Prescott and Show Low!

Special Education Directors:

Are your students with disabilities meeting the math requirements for middle and high school? Do they have the skills to meet and successfully complete the standards in Algebra One? Are there structures in place for special education and general education teachers to collaborate effectively to meet the needs of students with disabilities?  

Count Me In: Hands on Algebra is a two-day professional learning opportunity that will focus on inclusive practices for teaching mathematics for middle and high school students with learning disabilities. Teachers will walk away with a conceptual understanding of the progressions within algebraic reasoning and thinking and learn collaboration strategies that will support all students in meeting the High School Algebra standards.

We strongly encourage school teams of special education and general education teachers who teach mathematics in Grade 6 through High School Algebra to register. Participants will be required to attend BOTH in-person training days and a follow up one-hour coaching session.

Prescott—May 4 and 5, 2020:

Show LowJune 18 and 19, 2020:

Please see the attached flyer for further details. Additional trainings in Tucson and Phoenix will be offered in Fall 2020.

Questions about registration may be directed to [email protected].  Questions about the training may be directed to [email protected] or [email protected].

Join our ESS Math Listserv to stay informed of upcoming professional learning opportunities!

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: January 21st, 2020

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Free Math Webinars, Register Now!

Special Education Administrators,

The ADE/ESS is pleased to announce FREE upcoming math webinars:

May I Have Your Attention Please?! Using Neuroscience to Engage Students in the Inclusion Classroom

February 18, 2020

Register at:

Got Dyscalculia?!

March 23, 2020

Register at:

#Challenge Accepted: Integrating Problem-Based Learning Tasks

April 20, 2020

Register at:

Please see this flyer for more information and share with others who may also be interested in this professional learning opportunity. Questions can be directed to [email protected] or [email protected].

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: December 13th, 2019

TRAINING/PD OPPORTUNITY: Arizona Training of Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS) – Register Now for January Cohort

Please see this important announcement regarding training for school-based sign language interpreters below. ADE/ESS contracts and works with TAESE to support assessment and training of school-based interpreters by TASK12. Training slots are limited, so don’t let this important opportunity pass by – please forward to your staff as appropriate.

The Training of Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS) is accepting registrations from Arizona sign language interpreters to participate in an intensive training that begins with a face-to-face on January 11, 2020 and is followed by three online modules over a five-month period. The aim of this training is to improve interpreter performance skills and ultimately benefit children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to:

LeeAnn Lundgreen
TASK12 |
Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education | Utah State University | Tel: 435.797.9045

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Published: November 29th, 2019

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFO: Registration for the 2020 Arizona Education Job Fairs Now Available

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce that registration for our annual job fairs is now open!

The Statewide Arizona Education Job Fair will once again be held at the Glendale Renaissance on February 29, 2020. That’s right: 2020 is a LEAP year, so LEAP on this opportunity!

The Southern Arizona Education Job Fair will once again be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Tucson Reid Park on March 7, 2020, so MARCH on in and find the educators you’ve been looking for!

Arizona public school districts, charters, and schools will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Private schools, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools and other non-public schools may complete the registration process now and will be placed on a waiting list. Once registration for public schools is closed, spaces will be released and these entities will be notified. For the Southern Arizona Education Job Fair, registration is open for public school districts, charters, and schools in southern Arizona (Pinal County and south of Pinal County) and other entities will be placed on a waiting list and notified once registration for the southern districts, charters, and schools is closed.

Register for the Statewide Job Fair here!

Register for the Southern AZ Job Fair here!



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

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFO: Tuition Assistance for TVIs and Educational Interpreters through the University of Arizona

Special Education Directors,

The University of Arizona has been awarded $2.5M from the US Department of Education for two important projects.

The primary goal of the first project is to prepare teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs). This project will provide new applicants to the program with full tuition coverage and an opportunity to work closely with scholars from the rehabilitation counseling field. With adoption of the distance education model, all teacher candidates can complete the training program remotely.

If you know of a potential candidate who is considering becoming a TVI, this might be a perfect opportunity with financial support available. Questions can be directed to Sunggye Hong, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Special Education Unit Chair and Program Director of Visual Impairment Specialization at [email protected] and 520-621-0945.

The primary goal of the second project is to prepare educational interpreters. This project is an undergraduate program that will provide new applicants to the program with money for tuition. Undergraduate students must have finished ASL 1 – 6 and have at least 56 general education units completed.

If you know of a potential candidate who is considering becoming an educational interpreter, this is an excellent opportunity with financial support available.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Cindy Volk at [email protected].


Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: October 1st, 2019

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFORMATION: Education Career Fairs Calendar 2019-2020

Special Education Administrators,

As part of our ongoing recruitment efforts on behalf of Arizona’s public schools, ADE/ESS compiles and updates annually a list of education career fairs happening at teacher preparation programs across the country.

For your convenience, we have updated this year’s list.  If your school is planning to recruit for special education teachers out of state, whether in person or by sending flyers or job postings to particular universities, we hope this list will make that task a bit easier for you. This list is also be available on the AEEB job board site under the “Find a University Job Fair” icon.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: April 12th, 2019


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 special education teachers with the tools they need to survive and thrive during their first years in the classroom.

Teach Camp will launch this summer and is designed for special education teachers who will begin their first or second year of teaching in the fall of 2019. Recent graduates from traditional teacher preparation programs, alternative certified teachers, and veteran general education teachers transitioning to special education are all welcome.

The cost of participation in Teach Camp is $150 and includes a 2 ½-day summer “camp,” one-day sessions in the fall and spring, all training materials, including the book The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers, a one-year membership to the Council for Exceptional Children, and some meals. It does not include travel or lodging.

Seating is limited to 100 teachers per region. Teachers, districts, or schools may indicate interest in attending/sending staff to Teach Camp using link below until Monday, May 13.

Pre-register here.

After submitting your online pre-registration form, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that your request has been received. Pre-registration does not guarantee a seat at Teach Camp.

The ADE team will review all requests and respond to all schools/districts by Friday, May 17 with the number of seats available to each district/school. Educators/schools/districts must register all special education teachers for Teach Camp by June 21. We cannot guarantee all seats requested; however, we will be as equitable as possible with the process.

Please contact Mary Keeney ([email protected]) or Jay Johnson ([email protected]) with any questions about Teach Camp or the Pre-Registration Process.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Training, 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 University is launching a new undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Education, Special Education (Visual Impairment). This degree will lead to dual certification in Visual Impairment (birth–grade 12) and Mild-Moderate Special Education (K–12). This will be the only undergraduate degree in Arizona that leads to certification in Visual Impairment.

ASU is currently recruiting for their first cohort. Because students need to begin courses at the 300 level, ASU is particularly interested in prospective students who currently work in schools as paraprofessionals or in some other capacity and who have completed their associate’s degree. Classes will be offered in the afternoon or evening with some instruction online and some face-to-face instruction on the Tempe campus.

Please see this flyer for additional information.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, 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 5-step action plan, evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies, and prevalence data.
  • Present the program with fidelity to the tested, core model.
  • Apply the program to a range of adult learning styles.
  • Tailor presentations to diverse audiences and learning environments.

Upon the successful completion of the course requirements as outlined by the National Council for Behavioral Health, participants will be certified to teach the standard Youth Mental Health First Aid course.


There is no fee for participants! However, registration is first-come, first-served and based on statewide representation.

Please see this application form for more details.  If you have questions, please contact Aanya Rispoli at [email protected].

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: March 21st, 2019

RECRUIT OPPORTUNITY: ArSHA- Recruitment and retention of SLPs and speech personnel

Dear Special Education Director,

The Arizona Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ArSHA) will be holding its annual convention in Phoenix on April 5 and 6. Hundreds of Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Technicians, and SLPAs will attend the convention.

The Arizona Department of Education sponsors school-based speakers at the convention to support high quality, relevant professional development for our school-based speech personnel. This year’s ADE-sponsored topics include AAC, executive function, critical thinking, push-in therapy, and using telepractice in a school setting.

ADE/ESS will have a table in the exhibit hall to recruit SLPs/SLTs/SLPAs on your behalf. If you have a speech vacancy in your district or charter, please post your job on ADE’s free Arizona Education Job Board:

At the convention, we will hand out a flyer that lists all SLP/SLT/SLPA positions posted on the Arizona Education Employment Board as of April 1. Don’t miss this opportunity to advertise current job openings!

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |