Teacher and Leader Preparation:
The Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Rio Salado College, and Pima Community College are teaming with the CEEDAR Center to enhance teacher and leader preparation in Arizona by ensuring the inclusion of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and high-leverage practices (HLPs) in reading and data-driven decision making in the curriculum of preparation and professional learning programs in the state. These partners are working to revise teacher preparation programs to ensure that teacher and leader graduates exiting EPPs in the state can effectively use data-based decision making to improve outcomes in reading for all students, with a focus on students with disabilities.
Prior to beginning CEEDAR intensive technical assistance (TA) with Arizona, the state revised teacher licensure to improve the capacity of special educators to support students with disabilities. Because of the recent changes, certification/licensure is not a top priority for Arizona.
Arizona institutions of higher education (IHEs) are beginning to review syllabi and use innovation configurations (ICs) in their review and revision of syllabi to incorporate EBPs and HLPs in reading. CEEDAR has engaged the Arizona Department of Education and IHEs in collaborative work to enhance programs to support teaching and outcomes for students with disabilities.