Professional Learning and Sustainability

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 |
Published: January 17th, 2019

PD OPPORTUNITY: Free Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Training Available, Register Now!

Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training opportunities! New Instructor Certification Training and Instructor Certification Renewal Training options are available, at no charge, to public education agencies in Arizona. Districts and charter schools have the opportunity to send up to two individuals on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructor Certification Training—Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

About CPI: CPI provides a framework to defuse challenging and disruptive behavior(s) to help prevent crisis situations. Successful implementation facilitates a culture of care, welfare, safety, and security within an organization. CPI training can help improve confidence in navigating day-to-day challenges while improving staff relationships with both service users and stakeholders. CPI has been proven to reduce risk of injury and alleviate stress & anxiety, all while improving staff retention.

Training Opportunities: The Instructor Certification Program includes four full days of classroom training. Training dates can be selected from the following options:

  • February 5—8, 2019
  • March 19—22, 2019

The Instructor Certification Renewal Program includes both online learning and one day of classroom training. Participants must have completed the Instructor Certification (or Renewal Program) and must be seeking to fulfill the two-year instructor proficiency requirement to be eligible for this course. Training date options are as follows:

  • May 6, 2019
  • May 7, 2019

Location All trainings will be offered at the Arizona Department of Education, located at: 1535 W. Jefferson St., Conference Room 311—312, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

If interested, please fill out the form at

Please contact Aanya Rispoli at [email protected] with questions. Thank you!

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

PD OPPORTUNITY: FREE Trainings for Teachers and School Counselors/Social Workers/Psychologists on Trauma and Effects on Students Available!

Hello Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce a partnership with AHCCCS and the Neurosequential Model Network to present an amazing professional learning opportunity for Arizona’s schools. The following trainings will assist schools in dealing with trauma and its effects on students.


The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) draws upon the neurodevelopmentally-informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning to help educators understand student behavior and performance. The goals of NME are to educate faculty and students in basic concepts of neurosequential development and then teach them how to apply this knowledge to the teaching and learning process. NME is not a specific “intervention;” rather, it is a way to educate school staff about brain development and developmental trauma and then to further teach them how to apply that knowledge to their work with students in and outside the classroom, particularly those students with adverse childhood experiences. This is for classroom teachers and is a trainer of trainers model, and participants will be equipped to bring strategies back to their schools.


The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children and is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists, and related professionals best meet the needs of the child. (This training is for Master’s level school social workers, school counselors, or school psychologists.)


There is no fee for participants! However, registration is first-come, first-served and based on statewide representation. Candidates selected to attend the NME training will be required to provide at least one training at their site upon completion of the program, and candidates selected to attend the NMT training will be required to participate in ongoing training activities and to report data as needed upon request.

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

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: December 20th, 2018

EXTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Scholarship opportunity to attend Arizona TASH 15th Annual Inclusive Practices Institute

Hello Special Education Directors, please see the following scholarship opportunity from the ADDPC:

Scholarship Opportunity Funded by ADDPC

Scholarships are available to provide financial support for selected participants to attend the 15th Annual Arizona TASH Institute. Scholarships will be provided to self-advocates with a developmental disability, family members of individuals with a developmental disability or adults that work with persons with a developmental disability. The application is due January 5th, and limited funds are available. The Arizona TASH committee will decide how much financial support is available for each applicant. Applicants will be contacted by January 15th.

Go to for more information and application.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: December 7th, 2018

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY- Training Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS)

Special Education Directors,

Exceptional Student Services is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for Arizona’s school-based sign language interpreters.

Training Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS) was developed by TASK12 at the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University. This intensive program begins with a face-to-face training with interpreters, followed by five months of study via online modules that aim to improve the performance skills of interpreters and ultimately support the educational success of children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing. Interpreting skills are assessed before and after the training.

The course begins on January 12th and the total cost is $450, which includes the EIPA exit exam after completing the TIPS training. The registration deadline is Friday, December 28th.

If you have questions, please contact LeeAnn Lundgreen or Lisa Kunz.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |