Professional Learning and Sustainability


Published: June 24th, 2020

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Data-Based Individualization (DBI) Professional Learning Series

Special Education Directors,

Are you anxious about starting the new school year without the data you typically rely on? Are you worried about how your school can meet the learning needs of all students during these uncertain times? ADE is here with research-based strategies to help!

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services, is pleased to announce a Data-Based Individualization Professional Learning Series in partnership with the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

Given the limited information about students’ skills as they begin the new school year, teachers will need to be more intentional than ever about assessing students’ current functioning and providing targeted and intensive intervention. The Data-Based individualization (DBI) Professional Learning Series teaches educators a research-based process for individualizing and intensifying interventions for students with and without disabilities through the systematic use of assessment data, validated interventions, and research-based adaptation strategies.

If your school is interested in participating in the series, please register your team (principal, special education teacher and general education teacher, coach, or interventionist) for a readiness webinar on July 15, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Admission into the training series will require participation in the webinar and submission of an application provided at the webinar and due on July 27, 2020. If your team cannot attend the webinar on July 15 but is interested in participating in the learning series, please email Kim Rice.

For more information, please see this flyer or contact Kim Rice, Exceptional Student Services Program Specialist.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: June 22nd, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – Using YouTube for Student Engagement – in Any Setting, June 25

Special Education Directors, 

  

Please join us for the next episode of the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES, on Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., “Using YouTube for Student Engagement – in Any Setting” with Paul West. Whether your district or charter school is planning to re-open with a brick-and-mortar, online, or hybrid model, teachers will need be more intentional than ever about delivering instruction in ways that engage our students. YouTube videos can be an important tech tool for student engagement for ALL students. In this session, you will learn about some of the unique ways videos can be used to teach to the strengths of students with disabilities, as well as some great tips and tricks for organizing, customizing, and presenting YouTube videos to support student engagement and learning. 

  

Paul has been a Coach of Digital Innovation for the Tempe Elementary School District for the last 5 years. Prior to that, he taught 4th and 5th grade for 5 years. Paul is well-versed in all manner of EdTech and is currently an ambassador for Flipgrid, Wakelet, and other versatile EdTech tools. Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Please click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

  

Questions regarding this TALES professional learning opportunity can be sent to [email protected].

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: June 9th, 2020

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Dive Deep into AZ Math Standards for Special Education Teachers, June and July 2020

Special Education Directors,

Please see the available professional development opportunities below.

Dive Deep into AZ Math Standards

for

Special Education Teachers

We know that, as special education teachers, you are typically working across multiple grade levels and with students who have various strengths, and we are here to support you in making it all work!

Join us as we spend time diving into our math standards and supporting documents to consider the following:

  • Where are the students coming from? We will delineate content from the previous grade level.
  • What do they need to learn this year? We will discuss the major content standards of the current grade level and how we can embed previous year learnings.
  • Where are they headed?  We will look at connections across grade bands that will support student learning in subsequent years.

See the list of sessions below, and please feel free to sign up for the session(s) that are most relevant to you, based on the students that you support.

Elementary Sessions

Secondary Sessions

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: June 8th, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – Transition Planning for Students with Complex Support Needs, June 11

Special Education Directors,

Please join us for the next episode of the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES,  on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m., when our ESS Secondary Transition Team presents, “Transition Planning for Students with Complex Support Needs.” We will explore unique opportunities to think outside the box when it comes to employment, postsecondary education and training, and independent living.  Join Andi Asel, ESS Lead Transition Specialist, for a look at best practice strategies for assessment, postsecondary goals, and activities that will lead to a meaningful postsecondary life for your students with complex needs. We will also consider suggestions for implementing these strategies while students are learning from home.

Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Please click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions regarding this TALES professional learning opportunity can be sent to the ESS Transition Inbox.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: May 26th, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – Developing Students’ Assertiveness Skills, May 28

Special Education Directors,

Please join us for the next episode of the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES,  on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 2:45 p.m.—3:30 p.m., when we welcome back our KU partners to present “Developing Students’ Assertiveness Skills.”  Assertiveness is defined as “Even when it is difficult, expressing your wants, needs, and thoughts while respecting others” (Gaumer-Erickson & Noonan, 2013).  Assertiveness instruction and facilitated practice increase classroom engagement, productive collaborative learning, higher levels of empathy, ownership of academics, increased advocacy, and the ability to speak up in difficult situations. We will improve our understanding of assertiveness and learn specific assertiveness instructional practices and activities from various classrooms as well as some important take-aways for quality implementation.

Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Please click here to register.

Questions regarding this TALES professional learning opportunity can be sent to the ESS Inbox or directed to our KU partners: Margo Lauer.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: May 18th, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – I Want SMORE of that!, May 21

Dear Special Education Directors,

Please join us for our next episode of the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES,  on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., when we welcome special guest lecturer Amy Hill, CCC-SLP, to present “I Want SMORE of That! A Free Tool for SLPs, Teachers, and Other Related Service Providers during COVID-19 and Beyond.”

This session will support speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, and other related service providers in learning to learn how to use SMORE, a free, easy newsletter/communication tool to develop and deliver speech therapy and alternative learning activities via telepractice. This tool can be used after COVID-19, during extended school year, and throughout the new school year to develop thematic lesson plans, as a service extender for SLPAs and paraprofessionals, and for monthly or quarterly newsletters to parents and general education teachers. The newsletter link can easily be shared with parents, teachers, and in Google classrooms.

Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Please click here to register.

Questions regarding this TALES professional learning opportunity can be sent to the ESS Inbox or directed to the ESS receptionist at 602-542-4013.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: May 11th, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – The Magic of Mindfulness, May 14

Dear Special Education Directors,

Please join us for our next episode of the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES,  on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., when we welcome special guest lecturer Jamie Valderrama, a national and international speaker and current Undergraduate Coordinator at Arizona State University for the Integrative Health Initiative, to present for us “The Magic of Mindfulness.”

We are all currently experiencing extraordinary levels of stress on a daily basis with the demands of working from home while caring for family members, supporting our own children’s online learning, and worrying about all our students and their families. Stir-crazy and stressed is not a good place to be! But luckily, we know there are some simple, free things that can help. Mindfulness is increasingly gaining attention worldwide with the emergence of promising data showing how the simple act of being aware can deregulate the body’s stress response, leading to a happier and healthier life. “The Magic of Mindfulness” highlights the stress response (physically and psychologically) as well as applicable mindful practices to deregulate stressful triggers in our personal and professional lives. This presentation is funny, insightful, and may help you not only get through this crisis, but it may also change your life.

Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Please click here to register.

Questions regarding this TALES professional learning opportunity can be sent to the ESS Inbox or directed to the ESS receptionist at 602-542-4013.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: May 5th, 2020

PD OPPORTUNITY: Office Hours for Special Education Teachers

Special Education Directors,

ESS continues to offer virtual professional learning through Office Hours for Special Education Teachers.

These virtual meetups are a chance for special education teachers across Arizona to connect with each other, collaborate and learn from one another, and to celebrate and share successes during this new educational landscape. Join our virtual meetups and connect with your colleagues to learn and lead from wherever you are in our state!

Behavior/Social-Emotional Learning

Tuesday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register here for behavior/social-emotional learning!

For more information, please email Celeste Nameth, our Multi-Tier Behavior Specialist.

Literacy

Thursday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Register here for Literacy!

For more information, please email Sandra Figueroa or email Kim Rice, our Literacy Specialists.

Math

Thursday, May 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 28 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Register here for Math!

For more information please email Eboney McKinney or email Jenifer Hutchinson, our Math Specialists.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We appreciate your dedication to supporting students, and we look forward to connecting with you!

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: May 4th, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – How to Develop Students’ Self-Regulation Skills During Distance Learning, May 7

Special Education Directors,

Are your wondering how to help your students be more “in control” of their learning?

If so, please join us for our next episode of the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES, on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., when our partners from KU present “How to Develop Students’ Self-Regulation Skills During Distance Learning.” Self-regulation is a proactive and self-directed process for attaining goals, learning skills, and accomplishing tasks; it is a skill that matters in and outside of the school building. Learning from home is something that is new for many of us. Let’s use this time to help students’ practice being more “in control” of their learning.  Join us for ideas in how to “rework” our conversations with students and provide feedback to them on specific aspects of self-regulation. During this interactive webinar session, we will improve our understanding of self-regulation and learn strategies to use with students.

Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Click link below to register:  https://kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsf-yoqTkqGdBtnl-QSVeMhQj4mjgfdLSK

Questions regarding this TALES professional learning opportunity can be sent to the ESS Inbox.

602-542-5446 – Phone

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: April 26th, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – Thriving During Remote Learning: Engaged and Motivated, April 30

Special Education Directors,

Are your staff and families experiencing challenges with student engagement and motivation during remote learning?

If so, please join us for our next episode of the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES, on Thursday, April 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We welcome Dr. Laura Riffel, a national and international presenter, also known as the Behavior Doctor, to present “Thriving During Remote Learning: Engaged and Motivated.” Dr. Riffel will share a three-pronged behavioral intervention approach to get students engaged and motivated to attend to remote learning tasks. Even though we are working remotely, we can revise the environment, replace the behavior, and reframe our response to gain student input in desired ways.

Dr. Riffel will share some recommendations based on age levels and ideas for family members, students, and educators. She is also creating a web page filled with ideas that you will be able to access after the webinar. At the end, she will be available to answer your questions. If you’d like to check out her website ahead of time, go to BehaviorDoctor.org or visit the Behavior Doctor Facebook page. If you have a specific question you’d like answered privately, she will be happy to answer if you email Dr. Riffel.

To join us for this one-hour webinar, please register in advance.

Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward.

Questions regarding this TALES professional learning opportunity can be sent to the ESS Inbox.

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