Updates


Published: August 5th, 2020

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY- Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Training

Special Education Directors,

The ADE/ESS is pleased to announce training for school personnel on how to recognize and intervene with commonly occurring behavioral health issues.

The National Council for Behavioral Health will deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Training to Arizona educators. The training will take place September 14 – 16, 2020 on an online platform using a synchronous format from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a break for lunch.

This 3-day interactive training will teach participants how to:

  • Teach the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, which includes 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. Visit the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training website for more information.

The cost of the training is $50. Space in the trainings is extremely limited.

Please submit an application to participate in the training.

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: August 3rd, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – “Crafting a Class Brand Together,” August 6

Special Education Directors,

Please join us for the next episode of Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES, on Thursday, August 6 from 2:45 p.m.—4:00 p.m., when Tony Vincent presents, “Crafting a Class Brand Together.” Developing an inclusive community of learners is key to starting out a successful school year, especially when class takes place online. Tony Vincent has advice for making a strong personal connection with all learners by crafting a class brand together. The process begins with interesting activities for teachers and students to get to know each other. Afterward, students take what they have in common and determine what they collectively stand for. Then the class comes to a consensus on a class name, logo, and slogan. Tony notes that when students rally around an authentic brand, they feel a strong sense of community, work harder, and achieve more. See how Tony’s fifth graders put their brand into action, understand how it was developed, and consider how you might give your class, club, or group a unique identity this school year.

Please click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Questions regarding this professional learning opportunity can be sent to [email protected].

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

PS & MONITORING: HOT TOPIC: In-Person Special Education Services Under the Governor’s Executive Orders

Special Education Directors,

ADE/ESS has received a number of requests for clarification related to the Hot Topic issued following Executive Order 2020-51 (In-Person Special Education Services Under the Governor’s Executive Orders).

This Questions and Answers document, designed to be a companion resource with the Hot Topic, has been developed to address questions and provide clarification. Both the Hot Topic and the Q & A companion document will be added to the ESS SY 2020—2021 School Reentry webpage, in a new “Hot Topic” tab, as well as incorporated within the Q & A section.

Please note that this is an evolving situation and answers are subject to revision as things change. PEAs are strongly encouraged to consult their legal counsel for student-specific questions.

ESS appreciates the tremendous efforts being made by PEAs to respond to guidance provided at the State level.

For additional questions or concerns, please visit the ESS SY 2020—2021 School Reentry webpage, email the ESS Inbox, or contact your PEA’s assigned program specialist.

Posted in COVID-19, Program Support and Monitoring, Updates |
Published: July 29th, 2020

PS & MONITORING: HOT TOPIC: In-Person Special Education Services Under the Governor’s Executive Orders

Special Education Directors,

The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), has been asked a variety of questions by public education agencies (PEAs) about in-person special education services under the recent Executive Orders (EOs) provided by the Governor (EO 2020-41, EO 2020-44, and EO 2020-51). This is a Hot Topic outlining the impact of these Executive Orders on in-person special education services.

For additional information, please visit the ESS COVID SY 2020 – 2021 Reentry webpage and/or email the ESS Inbox.

Posted in COVID-19, Program Support and Monitoring, Updates |
Published: July 27th, 2020

DATA MANAGEMENT ALERT: NEW FY20 ESS Discipline Data Training Webinar

DATA MANAGEMENT ALERT 

NEW FY20 ESS Discipline Data Training Webinar  

 

ESS Data Management will be hosting a training webinar for Discipline Data Collection (DDC) on August 11, 2020, from 10am – 11am. This training will expand on the overview training presented on February 25, 2020, available on the training videos webpage: https://www.azed.gov/specialeducation/data-management/dmtrainingvideos/.

 

Click here to register.  

 

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected]. 

Posted in Data Management, Updates |
Published: July 27th, 2020

ADE PD OPPORTUNITY: Resiliency & Trauma-Informed Practices Workshop

Special Education Directors,

The ADE/School Support & Improvement, in partnership with Ricky Robertson from Corwin Press, would like to invite you to participate in two FREE virtual Resiliency and Social Emotional Learning workshop series that will provide intentional professional learning on educator self-care, understanding behavior as communication, and trauma sensitive social emotional learning.

COVID-19 has changed our landscape, making this support for educators and students an essential first step to sustain academic achievement. The workshop series is for teachers, teacher teams, administrators, leadership teams, paraprofessionals, social workers, counselors and other support staff. School and district leaders can enroll their whole school teams for these sessions.

Please see the announcement for more information about the series and registration.

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

DATA MANAGEMENT ALERT: Annual Data Collection Application Closed for Maintenance Until 8/5/20

DATA MANAGEMENT ALERT

Annual Data Collection Application Closed for Maintenance Until 8/5/20

 Due to necessary maintenance and IT related delays impacted by COVID-19 priorities, the Annual Data Collection (ADC) application will be temporarily unavailable between July 22 – August 5.

This data collection requirement is due in its entirety on September 15, 2020.  We apologize for the delay.

If you have any questions, please direct them to ESS Data Management.

Posted in Data Management, Updates |
Published: July 20th, 2020

PS & MONITORING: HOT TOPIC Executive Order 2020-44 Related to “School Days” and Special Education Timelines

Special Education Directors,

The ADE/ESS has been asked a variety of questions by public education agencies (PEAs) around “school days” under the Executive Order 2020-44 issued by the Governor on June 29, 2020.

This is a Hot Topic outlining the impact of this Executive Order on school days and special education timelines.

For any questions or clarifications please contact your PEA’s assigned Program Support and Monitoring specialist.

Posted in COVID-19, Program Support and Monitoring, Updates |
Published: July 20th, 2020

PD INFO: Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) – “Get a Move on!” July 23

Special Education Directors,  

Please join us for the next episode of Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series, or TALES, on Thursday, July 23 from 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., when we present, “Get a Move On!” Students with special needs may have difficulties attending, processing, and recalling information during distance learning. Research tells us that movement and brain breaks have great potential to help students learn and remember. Physical movement and brain breaks can have positive effects on executive function, attention, and recall and may also reduce stress. Yet, with distance learning extended through the middle of August, students may be spending time in front of monitors and screens and moving less than ever. In this session, an OT, a PT, and an SLP will be sharing no-cost ways to easily integrate movement activities, sensory experiences, and brain breaks in distance learning. Join us on July 23 and help your students get a move on

Please click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Participant registration is first-come, first-served and is not limited to special educators – feel free to forward. Questions regarding this professional learning opportunity can be sent to [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there,

Margaret Egan, PT

Mitch Galbraith, MS, OTR/L

Mary Keeney, CCC-SLP

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |
Published: July 17th, 2020

INTERNAL PD OPPORTUNITY: Dive Deep into AZ Math Standards for Special Education Teachers, 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. These sessions are a repeat of the sessions offered in June, and we welcome teachers who are attending for the first time and those who wish to join us again!

Elementary Sessions

Secondary Sessions

Posted in Professional Learning and Sustainability, Updates |