ADE K-12 ELA Newsletter

September 2022

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Introducing the ELA's Newest Team Member: Karen Ten Napel

Karen joined the ELA team in August as our newest Literacy and Dyslexia Specialist. Karen will work closely with Maggie Velazquez and Kim Piranio in our K-5 literacy and dyslexia space. Please help us welcome Karen to the team.


2022 Arizona Assessments Conference

Monday, Sep. 26th, 8:30am to Wednesday, Sep. 28th, 12:30pm

9495 West Coyote Boulevard

Glendale, AZ

Assessment Conference and Registration Information


This in-person conference will highlight the deep connections between Standards, Assessment, and Accountability for LEAs as we all work collaboratively to improve outcomes for students. Just as this work goes beyond administering tests, knowing the academic standards, and receiving a letter grade, so will the professional development opportunities throughout this 2 1/2 day conference. Through sessions presented by national and local experts, we will explore the deep connections at the district, school, and classroom level between the academic standards, Arizona's state assessments, such as AASA, AzSCI, ACT, ACT Aspire, AZELLA, and MSAA, and accountability data. Sessions will go beyond updates and test administration tasks and will be designed to strengthen foundations and make connections for participants.

K-12 ELA Office Hours

Thursday, September 8th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event hosted by the ADE ELA team.

Register for K-12 ELA Office Hours in EMS!

Access our 2022-2023 Office Hours Padlet to keep up-to-date.

K-5 Literacy Endorsement Webpage

Be sure to visit our newest webpage that houses a variety of information on the new endorsement to include infographics, videos and links to practice materials for the Foundations of Reading Assessment.


Book Studies

Come join us for our current professional learning book studies!

Kinder-12th Grades:

Structured Literacy Interventions edited by Louise Spear-Swerling

9 Wednesdays, August 31 - November 2nd

4:30-5:30 MST

Contact: Maggie Velazquez

See Dyslexia Book Study Flyer for more information.

Secondary (6th-12th):

Disciplinary Literacy Inquiry & Instruction by Jacy Ippolito, et al.

8 Thursdays, September 1st - October 27th

4:30-5:30 MST

Contact: Lauren Spenceley

See Secondary ELA Book Study Flyer for more information.

General Info for our book studies:

  • Virtual book chats take place via Zoom.
  • All participants must register in the ADE EMS system to receive credit - each session is offered individually.
  • All participants who register in EMS, read their chapter(s), and attend the book study will be given 2-hours PD credit.
  • More details, ordering information, etc. can be found on the flyers linked above. Please share with your colleagues!

Arizona Reading Fundamentals OnDemand Academy

As you continue planning for the new school year, consider making the Arizona Reading Fundamentals OnDemand Academy a part of your comprehensive professional learning plan.

These courses are best facilitated by a school or organization-level literacy leader. Participation is best completed in a collaborative and job-embedded manner.

Before you register, please watch our OnDemand Academy Introduction Video to learn more. Each knowledge block recommends a companion text. Please browse the Professional Development webpage for all details prior to registering.

Current course dates for the Summer 2022 Quarter are July 1 through September 30.

Be sure to download and save all certificates!

ADE's current Event Management System (EMS) will soon migrate to a new system. In the event that all housed certificates do not migrate, please take a moment to download and save any certificates you have for completed ADE courses.


All Schools Will Submit a Literacy Plan and Triannual Data This Year

Reminder: Due to recent legislative ammendments, ALL schools will submit an annual literacy plan and BOY universal literacy and dyslexia screener data due October 1st. The MOWR Portal is now open and accessible.

Note: Literacy plans will not be approved for schools which choose to use an alternative assessment, not on this list of approved Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screeners List and Guidance.

For all MOWR questions, please reach out to Sarah Bondy by emailing:

Move On When Reading Application Support Video Series

Navigate through a series of short videos to support everything from updating users in ADEConnect, entering a literacy plan, and entering the literacy assessment data submissions.

Keep those Dyslexia Training Designee Certificates

Each school Dyslexia Training Designee should be in progress of an approved training by July 1st. For schools who have completed the training, it is the responsibility of each school to keep on file the completion certificate(s) for their designee. Move On When Reading school approvers will upload their school's DTD information and certificate(s) directly into the MOWR portal during the coming year. ADE does not need certificates emailed.

Dyslexia Training Designee Guidance and Approved List


Quarterly Dyslexia Training Designee PLC Meetings

Calling all school-level Dyslexia Training Designees. The ADE ELA team presents Quarterly PLC Meetings for the Dyslexia Training Designee. Please join our quarterly Dyslexia Training Designee PLC, hosted by Maggie Velazquez, Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention Specialist. This is your opportunity to meet with other DTDs in Arizona to collaborate, share, and discuss roles and responsibilities of being your school's DTD. We will build this DTD Professional Learning Community to help support one another in this amazing role, "Dyslexia Training Designee". Please note you do not have to have your DTD trainings completed to attend.

Make sure to register for our Quarterly DTD PLCs here. The first one will be September 20th.


Secondary ELA Upcoming PD

Come join all the current and upcoming Secondary ELA Professional Learning opportunities, including live webinars and asynchronous courses! Register for all secondary ELA opportunities here!

ELA and Social Studies Collaboration

These professional learning webinars are offered in collaboration with our ADE Social Studies team:

Changing the Narrative: K-12 Indigenous Literature and Literacy Symposium

Do you teach Indigenous students? Are you interested in meaningfully integrating Indigenous literature in your classroom? Do you want to build your capacity for culturally sustaining-revitalizing practices? Join the Office of Indian Education, Arizona Humanities and ASU Labriola Native American Data Center for a FREE in-person professional learning symposium. Participating educators will walk away with Indigenous authored books for their classrooms! Please share with colleagues. Your Secondary ELA Specialist, Lauren Spenceley, will be one of the presenters at this special event!

2022 Arizona FAFSA Kick Off

Join the AZ FAFSA Coalition as they prepare for the upcoming FAFSA season. Thursday, September 22, 2022 9:30-11:30 AM More information for the FAFSA event and Register!

For questions, contact:
Andrea Glenn | Director of Post-Secondary & Community Engagement
Office: 602-364-4799

News from AETA

The Arizona English Teachers' Association (AETA) offers events and professional learning for all English teachers in Arizona, including monthly webinars, a newsletter, and a journal.

September News:


Simple View of Reading

Each month, we have been introducing a new section of the ADE Science of Reading webpage. Over the last NINE months, we have introduced the Homepage, Structured Literacy, Brain Research, Reading Researchers, SOR Terminology, Educational Equity, SOR Articles, Podcasts, and Books.

This month, let’s learn more about the Science of Reading with our Simple View of Reading section. Have you been hearing this phrase a lot recently?

Decoding (D) x Language Comprehension (LC) = Reading Comprehension (RC)

The Simple View of Reading is a mathematical formula which shows that readers need both strong decoding skills and language comprehension to have strong reading comprehension. If a student is lacking either of the first two variables, the overall result will be weak reading comprehension skills.


P-3 Literacy Coaching Initiative Kicks Off

We welcomed coaches and administrators from around the state to our first training by WestEd. We are excited to support teachers in the Science of Reading!

Tips for Building Rapport

  • Be vulnerable and make authentic connections
  • Stay curious
  • Use active listening strategies
  • Practice open body language
  • Keep confidentiality

The ADE English Language Arts Team

Dr. Amy Boza, Director of English Language Arts and Move On When Reading

Sarah Bondy, K-3 Early Literacy Specialist

Lauren Spenceley, Secondary ELA Specialist

Maggie Velazquez, Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention Specialist

Kim Piranio, Literacy and Dyslexia Specialist

Karen Ten Napel, Literacy and Dyslexia Specialist

Michele Rutin, P-3 Coach Coordinator