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Dr. Lisa Aaroe PhD

Special Education

Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center

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Employment History

Director of Special Education Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention

AZ Departement of Education

Director, Recruitment, Retention, and Teacher Preparation

Arizona Department of Education

Chair, Special Education

Grand Canyon University

Adjunct Professor

Arizona State University Art Museum


Peoria Unified School District

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Yet, Lisa Aaroe, director of recruitment and retention for Exceptional Student Services at the Arizona Department of Education, said "Our attrition rate in special education mirrors general education."

Schools also compete with hospitals to attract occupational therapists and speech language pathologists who work with students experiencing physical challenges that impact their learning.
"In rural areas, it's really tough to fill these vacancies," Aaroe said.
Many Arizona teaching graduates are snatched up right away, Aaroe said.
But Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts and other states have more new teachers and less vacancies so the Arizona Department of Education sends brochures highlighting Arizona's cost of living, weather and diversity to universities across the country, Aaroe said.
"When we go to recruitment fairs, we talk about the cost of living and they can't believe it," Aaroe said.
"We have all this research saying that teacher mentoring and induction programs are really powerful," Aaroe said.
Data shows that half of all special education and general education teachers leave the field within two years, Aaroe said.
"If we don't give them mentoring and induction programs on the front end, we're going to lose them," Aaroe said.
A task force looked into trends in special education certification, and presented changes the State Board of Education adopted in 2013 that will take effect in 2016, Aaroe said.
"We realized there were more states moving away from how we currently certify here in Arizona by area, and they're moving more towards level of severity," Aaroe said.
Since instruction is based on the level of support the child needs, certification will be for teaching students with mild to moderate or severe to profound disabilities, Aaroe said.
"Our new certification will hopefully open up reciprocity with other states, because now our certificate will be in alignment with two-thirds of the other states across the nation," Aaroe said.
Educators should advertise openings on state and national websites like the ADE's Arizona Education Employment Board.
"We have an employment board where school districts can post their vacancies, and Teach In AZ where out of state applicants can find a job in Arizona and it has links to certification," Aaroe said.
"One is the Paraprofessional Tuition Assistance Grant that's for paraprofessionals who want to go back to school to become special education teachers," Aaroe said. "We also have a new grant that if you already have your general education certification and you want to go back to get your special education master's we pay for half the tuition."
There also is tuition assistance for occupational therapy assistants and speech language pathology assistants who want to become full-fledged occupational therapists and speech language pathologists.
"We work closely with Northern Arizona University's speech language pathologist program," Aaroe said. "We offer and help support a summers only program where 60 students who are becoming speech language pathologists take very condensed course work. ADE pays their tuition with the contingency that they serve at least three years in an Arizona public school as an SLP."
With the new certification requirements, state universities are talking to each other more about their teacher preparation programs, what they're doing to better equip students and be in alignment with certification changes, Aaroe said.

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