ADE K-12 ELA News

October 2021

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia Motivation Video

Dyslexia Training Designee

As required by ARS 15-211, the Dyslexia Training Designee (DTD) can be any Kindergarten through Third Grade teacher on a given campus. Any campus that serves K-3 students must identify at least one DTD for that campus. This document provides guidance to schools and districts for implementing this position on their campus, as well as the approved list of dyslexia trainings.

Please reach out to Maggie Velazquez with any questions.

IDA Conference

The IDA Conference Experience

As a participant, you chose the way you want to experience the IDA 2021 Conference and help us break new ground in this pandemic era and beyond. This year’s conference experience enables you to choose your delivery format. You can join us in person in the beautiful Queen City of Charlotte or join us virtually and experience live, interactive access to DyslexiaCon21 on IDA TV with ease from anywhere. Both experiences will put you front and center during general and breakout sessions on October 21-23, 2021.

ELA Professional Learning

MOWR Support Webinars

For more support and guidance on the MOWR submission process, attend one of the following 2021-2022 MOWR Support Webinars. Literacy plans and beginning-of-the-year data submissions were due October 1st. Don't miss your chance to receive support now!

Book Studies- Not too late to join!


Effective Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties- Begins Sept. 2, 2021 See Book Study Flyer for more information.

Kinder-12th Grades:

Overcoming Dyslexia- Begins Sept. 15, 2021. See Book Study Flyer for more information.

Office Hours

A collegial space where we share information and ask and answer questions related to ELA across the K-12 literacy continuum. During November, we will have Katie DiTullio from the ADE Assessment Team join us with information about the ELA state assessments. Come join us and learn what is happening in the literacy landscape! Register now for sessions.

Missed previous sessions and want to know what was covered? Check out our Padlet of meeting notes.

Secondary ELA Webinar 10/19/21

"Integrating Secondary Social Studies and ELA" - How do you integrate Social Studies and English Language Arts in a secondary setting? What are the benefits of collaboration between English and Social Studies educators? This webinar will demonstrate best practices to integrate Social Studies and ELA efficiently and easily. This webinar will also use diverse texts to address new ways to create cross-curricular projects and lessons.

Assessment Webinars Coming in October and November

The ELA team is joining forces with the Assessment team to provide educators information about the AASA assessment and stand alone field tests (SAFT) scheduled for the spring. We will provide two sessions for information about the Writing SAFT scheduled for January and the 3rd grade ORF field test in April. Sessions are scheduled for 10/19/21 (ORF), 10/21/2021 (Writing), 11/8/2021 (ORF) and 11/9/2021 (Writing). Register now for sessions.

Standards Info

New Standards Placemats

Have you seen the new ELA Standards Placemats? As requested, the ELA team created the resource and hope you enjoy them! They have been created for K-5 and 6-12. You will want to change your paper size to accommodate the information. You can find them in the grade level bands on the ELA Standards Page.

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