EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION DIVISION
National Summer Learning Conference, October 24-26, 2022
Don’t say goodbye to summer!
Join the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and leaders from across the country at the 2022 national conference: Summer Changes Everything™, October 24-26 in Washington, DC. More than 800 cross-sector leaders focused on summer will be attending.
Let’s commit to Promote Equity, Create Opportunity, and Build Community!
Summer Learning Community Of Practice
Join us in sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance Summer Learning in Arizona. All meeting dates will have two times to choose from 9:00am - 10:00am or 3:30-4:30pm.
September 22, 2022 -Click Here to Sign Up for Our First Meeting
Migrant Education Program Grants
As we get closer to the end of FY22, we wanted to provide you all with a few reminders.
As you continue to work closely with your FY22 and FY23 Title I-C Grants, please don’t forget to submit your monthly Reimbursement Request (RR). All of you should have received your Official FY23 Allocations via GME.
LEAs are required to submit Reimbursement Requests to access the allocations awarded by the ADE Migrant Education Program. To this end, to ensure that Title I-C funds are efficiently drawn-down by each LEA, LEAs should endeavor to submit monthly Reimbursement Requests.
Please note that Reimbursement Requests can only be submitted for budgeted services and items that have received prior Director Approval. In preparation to submitting your Reimbursement Requests, please verify that your original grant has received Director Approval, and that any supporting documentation for the approved budget, such as invoices, is accessible to upload into the Grants Management Enterprise (GME), as needed.
Since GME oversees Reimbursement Requests, please refer to the Reimbursement Request LEA Handbook. For questions regarding Reimbursement Requests, please contact GME at 602.542.3901, or submit a ticket via the ADE Help Desk.
Lastly, please refer to the MEP Week Resources, where you can find the Updated Success Criteria, Budget Revision Template, and the MEP Coding Cheat Sheet.
Please reach out to Grants and Family Engagement Specialist Rogelio Ruiz at [email protected] with questions.
Migrant Education Program Events
Grants & Family Engagement Meeting, September 26th, from 2:30-3:30pm
- Join Grants and Family Engagement Specialist Rogelio Ruiz for our upcoming Grants and Family Engagement meeting to review information pertaining to grants, ask questions, and learn from your fellow peers.
Monthly MEP Webinar, September 27th from 1-2pm
- Join us for our September MEP Webinar from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. to learn about upcoming deadlines and updates pertaining to grants, identification and recruitment, and data!
ID & R Refresher, September 27th from 2-3pm
- Join ID&R Coordinator Bianca Fonseca Cervantes for our upcoming ID&R Refresher to help enhance strategies and practices pertaining to identification and recruitment.
Remain in School of Origin During the BID Process
Children in foster care have the right to remain in their school of origin as they experience living arrangement changes due to their foster care status. The school of origin for a child in foster care is the school that the child is attending before entering foster care or if the child is already in foster care, the school the child is attending before a change in their foster care placement. This school stability provision is especially important during the Best Interest Determination (BID) process as the child welfare agency leads a holistic assessment on whether the child should remain at their school of origin or if the child should attend a new school. Maintaining the child in foster care in their school of origin during the BID process ensures that the child is still actively engaged in their education and there are no lapses of time out of the classroom.
For more information on the Foster Care Education Program, BIDs, or school stability, visit ADE’s Foster Care webpage: http://www.azed.gov/FosterCare .
LEA & Child Welfare Agency Collaboration
As the school year begins to get into full gear, multiple upcoming events will support the collaborative relationship between LEAs, child welfare agencies, and foster care stakeholders. Please see below:
Pima County Education Workgroup
Southern AZ ESSA Meeting (DCS and LEAs)
- Sept. 14, 2022
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm
- 1470 S. Eastside Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85710
East Valley Liaisons Meeting
- Sept. 23, 2022
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm
- 140 S. Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ, 85296
To better ensure collaboration between the SEA, LEAs, & child welfare agencies, we need all LEAs to update their LEA’s foster care point of contact. Click on the LEA Foster Care Point of Contact Form to fulfill this requirement.
We are also seeking to bolster our support for students in tribal foster care and are asking for all 22 Indigenous Sovereign Nations to list their contact points. Click the Tribal Foster Care Point of Contact Form to fulfill this request.
In case you missed the plethora of ADE’s Foster Care Education Program training, click on the links below for the recordings of each webinar.
Foster Care Education Webinars
Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care
The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Youth Advisory Council seeks new members to serve a 3-year term. The council seeks to elevate youth voices in program creation, implementation, and service delivery and invites anyone interested to apply. The application for the Youth Advisory Council will close on September 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
2022 OELAS Conference
Wednesday, December 7th - Friday, December 9th
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa - 3800 W Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson AZ
Call for Proposals
We are excited to announce that session proposals are now being accepted for the 2022 OELAS Conference. This year’s theme, Unleash the Power of Academic Language & Literacy, empowers educators of English learners to create educational experiences that prepare our students to become multilingual and multi-literate citizens and effective contributors to our future society.
Are you an Arizona Educator passionate about sharing your knowledge and expertise in English language development with other practitioners? Do you have research-based strategies or promising practices that promote equitable educational experiences for multilingual learners? Are you interested in contributing to collaborative learning opportunities for Arizona educators, administrators, and instructional leaders?
The Arizona Department of Education values your professional expertise and invites you to submit a session proposal to present during one of the many breakout sessions offered during this year's conference.
The deadline for submitting proposals is September 23, 2022.
Please note that ADE only accepts non-vendor proposals and will not endorse any services, products, or applications. Presenters may not offer or endorse any specific services or products for sale at any time to attendees.
Session Submission Proposal Form
Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic and Latino communities' rich culture and history. Each year from September 15th to October 15th, Americans reflect and appreciate the incredible contributions and influence the Latino culture has had upon the U.S. and our Nation’s history. Initially established as a week-long recognition of the contributions made by the US Latino communities, National Hispanic Heritage week was the brainchild of Congressman George E. Brown (D-CA) in the summer of 1968, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. By September 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Week annually, beginning on September 15th.
September 15th was chosen as the day to recognize Hispanic Heritage Week because the date coincides with several independence days of various Central & South American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua (Sept 15th) , Mexico (Sept 16th) , Chile (Sept. 18th) and Belize ( Sept. 21) .
The evolution of the week-long observation of National Hispanic Heritage Week into a month-long celebration began in 1987 when U.S Representative Esteban E. Torres (D-CA) proposed having more time to allow the nation to organize events to recognize and celebrate the impact of Hispanic culture, history, and achievement. As such, in 1988, Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) submitted a bill that followed Rep. Torres’s; the bill was approved and signed into law by President Reagan that same year. However, President George H.W. Bush declared September 15th to October 15th as National Hispanic Heritage Month in September of the following year and declarations of National Hispanic Heritage Month have been made by each sitting president following.