Professional Learning and Sustainability


Published: April 2nd, 2020

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFO: Professional Learning Updates

Special Education Directors,

There have been many challenges as a result of COVID-19 and, after careful consideration, our leadership team has made the difficult decision to cancel Teach Camp 2020 as well as a new professional learning opportunity that was planned for new special education directors.  Our goal is to begin a new cohort of Teach Camp and professional learning for new special education directors in the summer of 2021. Currently, we are considering ways to connect with our 2019 Teach Camp participants and help them reconnect with each other during the next school year.

For your information, a resource that has been available to teachers participating in Teach Camp is now open to others as well. CEC is opening its doors to the special education community in need of resources. Nonmembers of CEC can receive a free basic membership from now through May 31 by using the promotional code “CECED60”. This will provide access to all of CEC’s journal articles, member discounts on publications and events, and their online membership community where educators can ask questions and receive support from special educators, administrators, and support personnel. Join now by clicking here.

Thank you for your continued service to our field. We look forward to collaborating with you to support new teachers and new special education directors again in the future.

Posted in COVID-19, Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: April 1st, 2020

PD OPPORTUNITY: ADE K12 Standards/ESS Virtual Professional Learning

Special Education Directors,

ADE K12 Standards and ESS is excited to collaborate and offer the following virtual professional learning opportunities:

AZ Math Leaders Office Hours The meeting is open to all Math Department Chairs, Math Specialists, Special Education Lead Teachers and Math Coaches.  This is an opportunity to share and problem solve with your colleagues. These Math Leader Meetings will take place every other week.

First meeting is Thursday, April 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Please register in advance for this meeting. You can register for all of the April meetings from the same link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

AZ Math Teacher Office Hours These virtual meet-ups are a chance for general education and special education teachers from around the state to connect with each other, collaborate and learn from one another, and also to celebrate and share successes during this new educational landscape. Please join during your grade band(s) meet-up and connect with your colleagues to learn and lead from wherever you are in our state!

Grade Band: K-2 April 8 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. or April 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Grade Band: 3-5 April 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or April 9 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Grade Band: 6-8 April 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or April 9 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Grade Band: High School April 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. or April 9 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Together we can continue to provide exceptional learning for all Arizona students!

We look forward to connecting and learning with you all.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: March 31st, 2020

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFO: GETSET and SETTA Tuition Assistance Programs

Special Education Directors,

We understand that this has been a busy and stressful time as you work to meet the needs of your students and staff. As such, we are extending the application deadline for the SETTA and GETSET Tuition Assistance Programs until 5:00 p.m. on Friday April 17.

For questions, please email Aanya Rispoli or call (602) 364-4022.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: February 27th, 2020

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION INFO: GETSET and SETTA Tuition Assistance Programs

Special Education Directors,

The ADE/ESS Professional Learning and Sustainability unit is pleased to announce two “grow your own” opportunities for educators in Arizona public schools.

  • The General Education Teacher to Special Education Teacher (GETSET) program provides funding to certified general education teachers who want to pursue a career change to become certified in an area of special education.
  • The Special Education Teacher Tuition Assistance (SETTA) program provides funding for tuition assistance to paraprofessionals that leads to special education teaching certification.

Certifications that satisfy the application requirements:

  1. Mild/ Moderate Disabilities
  2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  3. Early Childhood Special Education
  4. Hearing Impaired
  5. Visually Impaired

Application materials are linked below. LEAs have an opportunity to submit an application for one candidate per program.  Applications earning the highest scores in the evaluation process will be approved until the funding that is set aside for the program is depleted. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020.

Please note:

  • Applicant must have been employed by the LEA for two full school years as of June 30, 2020.
  • Applicant agrees to two full years of teaching in a special education capacity at the PEA once special education certification is achieved.

For any additional information, please email Aanya Rispoli or call (602) 364-4022.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: February 20th, 2020

DATA UPDATE: Teacher Attrition Survey is Now Open

Special Education Directors,

ESS collects data each year through the Teacher Attrition Survey to make informed decisions about recruitment and retention efforts in Arizona. Participation in the survey is mandatory for all district and charter schools in Arizona.

The survey is now open and will close on May 8, 2020. Please see this letter for further details. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the survey can be located at http://bit.ly/teacherattritionsurvey. For additional questions, please contact [email protected].

Thank you for completing the Teacher Attrition Survey.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
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: http://bit.ly/AlgebraPrescott

Show LowJune 18 and 19, 2020: http://bit.ly/AlgebraShowLow

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! bit.ly/essmathlist

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: http://bit.ly/execfunctionwebinar

Got Dyscalculia?!

March 23, 2020

Register at: http://bit.ly/dyscalculiawebinar

#Challenge Accepted: Integrating Problem-Based Learning Tasks

April 20, 2020

Register at: http://bit.ly/PBLtaskswebinar

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 | www.task12.org
Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education
www.taese.org | Utah State University | Tel: 435.797.9045

Posted in Certification, Professional Learning and Sustainability, Training | Tagged , , |
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 sgh[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 |