Transition News

Published: June 6th, 2019

2019 PSO Data Collection Season Has Started!

The PSO application in ADE Connect will be open starting 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, and will promptly close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019. Please plan accordingly to ensure that you can collect and enter all surveys into the online platform prior to the closure of the data collection season.

As a reminder, the 2019 PSO Survey is different than in previous years.

  • The survey has a total of 14 questions.
  • The hard copy of the new PSO Survey has been updated and matches the web-based version on ADE Connect. You can find the hard copy here.
  • For more information about the changes to the 2019 PSO Survey, please view the PSO Survey Essentials recorded presentation, which is also available on our ADE PSO site (under the “Conducting the Survey” tab).
    • Access the PSO Survey Essentials PowerPoint here.
    • UPDATE: Although the response option of “Other” will still be available on questions 3 & 8, the short-answer feature has been disabled. We apologize for any confusion.

Please visit our PSO page for additional information regarding the survey. Additionally, ADE/ESS will provide training on the revised PSO Survey during Arizona’s Annual Transition Conference, August 19-21, 2019, and through regional and web-based training as needed. Should you be interested in requesting training on PSO, please submit your request through the Secondary Transition Training Request Form.

As a reminder, Transition Specialists are monitoring the PSO inbox ([email protected]) and are prepared to address your questions or concerns regarding PSO. They look forward to supporting you throughout the various stages of this initiative. Please reach out as needed.

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Published: April 8th, 2019

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Free Professional Development for Arizona Middle and High Schools – Provided by ADE/ESS & The University of Kansas, APPLY NOW!


FREE Professional Development for Arizona Middle and High Schools!

Open attached Flyer & Application for additional details Applications due June 10, 2019

Do your students have difficulty with turning in homework, timeliness, focusing, studying, completing all aspects of projects, and/or managing emotions? Self-Regulation instruction can help.

Do your students lack confidence, think future performance will mirror past performance, give up easily, or feel they cannot succeed in school, sports, or arts?  Self-Efficacy instruction can help.

Do your students have difficulty expressing themselves, asking for help, sharing opinions during group work, or standing up to peers? Do your students react aggressively or defensively instead of respectfully? Assertiveness instruction can help.

Educators who embed self-regulation, self-efficacy, or assertiveness instruction into their content area report many student outcomes, including:

  • Increased ability to express thoughts and feelings
  • Improved responsibility
  • Increased ability to seek assistance and supports
  • Improved behavior
  • Improved attitude towards school
  • Increased ability to see mistakes & constructive criticism as opportunities to learn
  • Improved homework completion

We are pleased to invite your school to participate in the Arizona College and Career Competency Team Training (AZ CCCTT) project, a free, two-year professional development opportunity offered by the ADE/ESS in collaboration with the University of Kansas Research Collaboration. Over the two-year process, school teams and then additional staff will learn about and provide instruction and practice for students on college and career competencies (i.e., self-regulation, self-efficacy, and assertiveness), and then reflect on their efforts and the impact on student outcomes. Professional development will be delivered close to schools (regionally, depending on schools’ locations), online through instructor-led courses, and on-site via coaching and trainings.

If interested in participating in the CCCTT project, please complete the AZ CCCTT Application and email the completed applications to [email protected]. Completed school applications will be reviewed and accepted in the order they are received. Applications are due June 10, 2019 – if you are interested in applying but need more time to complete the application, please email us!

For questions regarding CCCTT, you can also contact Ana Núñez ([email protected]) at ADE/ESS.

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Published: April 4th, 2019

Report: 6 Skills Students Need for Careers

There are six skills that schools should be teaching to help prepare students for future employment, according to the National School Boards Association’s Commission to Close the Skills Gap. The skills are critical thinking, decision-making, customer focus, dependability and reliability, adaptability and trainability, and teamwork, according to the commission. For more information, please go to T.H.E. Journal.

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Published: April 4th, 2019

ACT Accommodations and English Learner Supports for Educators

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee’s diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability.

To assist students who currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see the ACT Policy for Accommodations Documentation (PDF), which will guide you through the process of requesting test accommodations on the ACT test.

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Published: March 18th, 2019

Phoenix Business Meet and Greet/Tour for People with Disabilities and Supports

This tour/meet and greet is a chance for job seekers to see Cintas positions in action, meet local management and ask questions.  Building this connection allows job seekers who feel there are good fits to apply afterward and be able to directly follow up with the HR Manager to secure interviews.  All that is required to attend is an RSVP with the name of job seeker and/or employment service professionals attending.  Please feel free to attend if you are a professional even if you don’t have job seekers who are presently a good fit.  Cintas is committed to recruiting people with disabilities indefinitely so we want to be able to connect and build relationships. Click on this invitation for more information.

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Published: March 5th, 2019

New Online Training Resources on Working with Youth in Transition

Pathways Transition Training Partnership has launched five new 5-7 minute video briefs on key concepts and skills for working with transition-aged youth and young adults. Each video brief is accompanied by discussion questions and links to resources for further learning. The new video briefs focus on working with Native American youth, working with LGBTQ youth, supporting young people as they form adult relationships, collaborating with peer support providers, and supporting youth advocacy.

Watch the trailer »

Access all 10 video briefs and related resources »

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Published: January 15th, 2019

PD OPPORTUNITY: Dates Announced for Arizona’s Transition Conference and Directors’ Institute!

Hello Special Education Directors,

Mark your calendars!

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce the dates and location for Arizona’s Transition Conference and Directors’ Institute! Based on overwhelmingly positive response, both conferences will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix.

Special notes:

  • The Directors’ Institute is moving from September to August
  • The Transition and Directors’ conferences will run consecutively within the same week.

Please see the flyer for dates and location. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

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Published: January 7th, 2019

CNBC: The 10 most in-demand skills of 2019, according to LinkedIn.

LinkedIn recently analyzed hundreds of thousands of job postings in order to determine which skills companies need most in 2019. They found that employers are looking for workers with both soft skills and hard technical skills and matched these skills with LinkedIn Learning courses that are free for the month of January. Click on the link to read the article and resources for your students.

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