Teacher and Leader Preparation:
The Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Rio Salado College, and Grand Canyon University are teaming with the CEEDAR Center to enhance teacher and leader preparation in Arizona by supporting data-driven decision making and the inclusion of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and high-leverage practices (HLPs) in the curriculum of preparation and professional learning programs in the state. These partners are working to enhance educator preparation programs (EPPs) to ensure that teacher and leader graduates exiting EPPs in the state can effectively use data-based decision making to improve learning outcomes for all students, with a focus on students with disabilities.
The Arizona CEEDAR team – referred to as the Arizona Coalition for Educator Preparation and Practice (ACEPP) – is working with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to ensure alignment of ACEPP-CEEDAR work on data-based decision making and HLPs with ADE’s program approval guidelines.
Prior to beginning CEEDAR intensive technical assistance with Arizona, the state revised teacher licensure to improve the capacity of special educators to support students with disabilities. Because of these changes, certification/licensure has not been a top priority for Arizona.