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: 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: March 25th, 2019

FISCAL INFO: Important Dates and Deadlines for IDEA Funding

Directors of Special Education,

ESS Program Management is sharing the following important dates for IDEA Funding and IDEA Fiscal Related activities. Included in this memo is an announcement of a half-day, in-person training at ADE Central on April 15, 2019.

Please share these important updates with your PEA’s Business Manager.

If you have any questions regarding anything mentioned in this update, please contact [email protected] or call 602-542-4013 to speak to an ESS Program Management Specialist.

Posted in Program Management, Training, Updates |
Published: March 22nd, 2019

DATA COLLECTION INFO: Post School Outcome Trainings Update & Announcements

Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS has important announcements to share regarding the upcoming 2019 Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey data collection season.

  • The student list is now open. At your earliest convenience, review your student list for accuracy. This is also a great time to start working on exclusions.
  • ADE is currently hosting two webinars associated with PSO.

Review the PSO webpage for exact details on dates, times, and registration links.

  • NOTE: There has been an update to one PSO Survey Essentials session (April 2 at 3:00 p.m.). It has been rescheduled to April 1 at 3:00 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your flexibility. Flyers and registration through the Events Management System (EMS) reflect the updates.

It is recommended that all staff who will be conducting the survey this upcoming summer, at a minimum, attend the PSO Essentials webinar. The main purpose of this webinar is to share and explain the changes to the 2019 PSO Survey.

Please feel free to view and distribute the attached flyers and to forward this email to staff that can benefit from the above-listed webinars. All are welcome to attend, and the ADE/ESS encourages all PEAs that will be participating in the 2019 PSO Survey to participate.

We look forward to supporting you throughout the various stages of this initiative. As a reminder, PSO staff can be reached at [email protected].

Posted in PSO Updates, Training, 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 |