Professional Learning & Sustainability
ESS offers information and activities of evidence-based practices through trainings, resources, and technical assistance to support improved outcomes for students with disabilities, and also offers information to assist schools with recruitment and retention of qualified staff.
Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities
An individual with autism may need specialized instruction, assistive technology, therapies, and positive behavioral supports that reflect their unique strengths in order to develop the skills to actively participate in the world. It is ADE/ESS’s goal to share the knowledge, practices and supports that will help define effective services and programs in schools, districts and homes.
AzSAP-Arizona State Autism Project
In collaboration with ADE’s Early Childhood Unit, Professional Learning and Sustainability (PLS) is offering a capacity building opportunity to school teams for trainings designed to improve instruction and support for students with autism in Pre-K through High School.
For more information, contact Jeannette Zemeida.
Professional learning is offered to ensure that all schools in Arizona receive competent technical assistance in order to meet the needs of children who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.
Multi-Tiered Behavior Supports (MTBS)
The Multi-Tiered Behavior Supports is a three-year training series that will assist district, charter, or school teams with the development of a school-wide approach for positive behavior management practices. This training is based on School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SW-PBIS) evidence-based elements. Cost:
- Year One – Funded by LEA
- Year Two – ADE/ESS funded through Procurement contract with LEA
- Year Three – ADE/ESS funded through Procurement contract with LEA
Exceptional Student Services is pleased to announce a partnership with Neurosequential Model Network that presents an amazing professional learning opportunity for Arizona’s schools. The following trainings will assist schools in dealing with trauma and its effects on students.
The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) draws upon the neurodevelopmentally-informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning to help educators understand student behavior and performance. The goals of NME are to educate faculty and students in basic concepts of neurosequential development and then teach them how to apply this knowledge to the teaching and learning process. NME is not a specific “intervention”; it is a way to educate school staff about brain development and developmental trauma and then to further teach them how to apply that knowledge to their work with students in and outside the classroom, particularly those students with adverse childhood experiences. This is for classroom teachers and is a trainer of trainers model, and participants will be equipped to bring strategies back to their schools.
The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children and is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists and related professionals best meet the needs of the child. (This training is for Master’s level school social workers, school counselors, or school psychologists)
There is no fee for participants; however, candidates selected to attend the NME training will be required to provide at least one training at their site upon completion of the program, and candidates selected to attend the NMT training will be required to participate in ongoing training activities and to report data as needed upon request.
Click here to view upcoming Data Management training opportunities.
Click here to view webinars and trainings from Dispute Resolution.
Learning Walks: Inclusive Instructional Practices
A collaborative coaching process to be modeled for teachers and by teachers (fall, winter, spring) in order to collect evidence and impact of learning and turn over the responsibility for the process to grade-level and/ or content teams.
Learning Walks Materials Checklist
Learning Walks Agenda
Learning Walks Purpose
Learning Walks Process
Learning Walks Tool
Learning Walks Interactive Crosswalk Tool
Learning Walks Glossary
Learning Walks References
Optimal Learning Model
ADE’s K-12 Standards team offer free online webinars and workshops to support educators in the implementation of Arizona’s English Language Arts Standards. Space is limited. For more information, please click here.
Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE)
The TRE is a five-day training designed for K-3 teachers and K-5 special education teachers that focuses on the five pillars of early literacy: Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. It also guides you through the assessments used for diagnosing a student’s specific area of struggle when learning to read. It is a vital training designed to improve and strengthen early literacy instruction.
The training includes two texts and a binder of materials to review during and after the training. The entire five-day training is only $80.00 and is an excellent use of Move On When Reading funds.
A limited number of these trainings are offered around the state each year, and they fill very quickly, so be sure to register early if you are interested.
Arizona Department of Education: Upcoming Reading Trainings 2019
For more information contact K-12 Standards at [email protected] or call602-364-2355.
K-12 Standards Math Trainings
ADE’s K-12 Standards team offer free online webinars and workshops to support educators in the implementation of Arizona’s Mathematics Standards. Space is limited.
SELECT Online Courses
SELECT Online Courses
The Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching (SELECT) program, is available through a collaboration between ADE/ESS/PLS and the Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development. This program enables Arizona educational professionals to complete courses in special education through free online training. SELECT courses provide training to persons seeking to expand their skills in working with children with disabilities and are recommended for general and special education teachers, administrators, special education directors, related service personnel, and paraeducators. SELECT courses may also be taken for credit by paying the tuition fees through the university.
For more information, contact [email protected].
Other ADE Units
External Professional Learning Resources
The Arizona Department of Education is not responsible for the websites linked to below, and these links do not imply ADE’s endorsement.
ATIM is designed to support the needs of a variety of individuals involved with children with disabilities. Topics include AT for School Age, AT Assessments, AT Supports and Services in the IEP, AT for Early Childhood through Adult Life, and Planning, Designing and Integrating AT. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. ATIM modules are available at no cost; however, the user is required to create a free account before accessing the modules.
AZ Promising Practices provides research to practice guidelines, strategies, and resources to support professionals and parents in improving results for students with disabilities.
Basic Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to Behavior Support Plans (BSP) training consists of 7 on-line modules created by Portland State University. The modules should be completed in order with time in between each module to complete the Homework Assignment for hands-on application of the skills learned in each module before moving on to the next module. A pace of about one module per week is recommended, though in some cases more time may be needed to complete the Homework tasks assigned in a module.
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
CEEDAR stands for “Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform.” CEEDAR helps states and institutions of higher education reform their teacher and leader preparation programs, revise licensure standards to align with reforms, refine personnel evaluation systems, and realign policy structures and professional learning systems.
In partnership with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), the Council for Exceptional Children has developed and published a set of high-leverage practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates. The HLPs are organized around four aspects of practice:
Five components that might be considered when developing inclusive practices. Under each component are ideas that can be helpful to consider when looking through the Quick Links resources. Please note that all five components do not need to be implemented simultaneously to get started with inclusive practices.
The IRIS Center is a national center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. Over 17 training topics are covered including accommodations, behavior/classroom management, learning strategies and secondary transition.
Recruitment & Retention
Find and Retain Qualified Staff
For a list of all ADE trainings, check out the Calendar of Events.
Professional Learning Specialist
Professional Learning Specialist