COPE Excellence in Education Winners:
Congratulations to the 2014 COJET Excellence in Education award winners: Chris Vogler, Pima County Juvenile Probation, April Saathoff, Cochise County Adult Probation, Joy Johnson, Pima County Juvenile Detention, and David Wheeler, Cochise County Adult Probation who were selected by the Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) and the Committee on Probation Education (COPE) for their dedication, exceptional delivery and practice of continued education.
Recipients were honored at the 2015 Awards in Excellence, the annual Arizona probation employee recognition day. Awards were presented by Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer of the Supreme Court of Arizona and the Arizona Chief Probation Officer’s Association.
On behalf of the Committee on Probation Education, we thank you for your commitment to training probation and detention personnel in Arizona!
Pima County Juvenile Probation
Excellence in Education Category: Probation
Cochise County Adult Probation
Excellence in Education Category: Defensive Tactics
Pima County Juvenile Detention
Excellence in Education Category: Detention
Cochise County Adult Probation
Excellence in Education Category: Firearms
Court Staff Training:
Congratulations to this year’s winners of the COJET Excellence in Education Award: Scott Kirshner from the Phoenix Municipal Court, and Steve Weston (retired), from the Clerk of Court in Maricopa County who were chosen by the Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET), and the Judicial Staff Education Committee (JSEC) for their exceptional delivery of training during calendar year 2014.
Awards were presented by Judge Andrew Gould, COJET Chair and Jeff Schrade, Director-Education Services at an awards luncheon held at the recent 2015 Training Coordinator Conference. On behalf of the members of COJET, the JSEC and judicial employees statewide, we congratulate these individuals on their commitment to supporting continuing education within the Arizona Court System.
(Judge Andrew Gould, Scott Krishner, Jeff Schrade, Steve Weston (not pictured))
- Heidi Lofgren, Flagstaff Municipal Court County Training Coordinator, took an innovative approach to teaching ethics to general and limited jurisdiction court employees in her county, by using the popular game show model, "Wheel of Fortune". Heidi developed thought-provoking curriculum applied to her County’s rules on harassment, the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, and different approaches to making ethical decisions. She presented this information using various tools to stimulate learning, including the use of a combination of video, PowerPoint, handouts, activities and real-life scenarios/questions that posed ethical dilemmas, and discussion. The training was well organized, very interactive and fun. Heidi took great care in accommodating diverse learning styles (kinesthetic, auditory and visual). The game format created a safe environment in which to share one’s views and encouraged dialogue on confronting ethical decisions.
- Gabe Goltz, Administrative Office of the Courts, Judicial College of Arizona, Manager with the Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), has been recognized by his peers for his excellence in teaching the following courses: "Ethics in Film", "The Arizona Court System", and "Get it Write!" Participants commented that he is passionate about training and effectively communicates his knowledge about the subject. Gabe creates an enjoyable and engaging learning experience for all attendees, posing thought-provoking questions and using a variety of innovative tools to provide a great learning experience that is not only of value but also one that is memorable. This combination of abilities is rarely found in trainers. Gabe has demonstrated the talent to hold the interest of all participants from both a "want to know" as well as "need to know" perspective. Among many positive comments participants stated in their evaluations, "This class was awesome-Thanks!", and "thought-provoking!"
- Judge Douglas Rayes, Superior Court in Maricopa County
- Judge Karen Adam, Superior Court in Pima Counnty
- Judge Louraine Arkfeld was appointed to the Court Leadership Institute of Arizona as its first chair in 2006. It was with her leadership that curriculum development for these programs began. Before she retired from the committee in 2010, the Arizona Court Manager program had been implemented with newly developed Arizona specific content in addition to the ICM classes and curriculum for the Arizona Court Executive program was being developed and piloted. She served on curriculum review work groups and became certified to teach the ICM Case flow Management, Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts and Visioning and Strategic Planning classes in addition to serving as faculty for Arizona Court Manager – Specialty Courts and Foundational Concepts: An Independent Judiciary Issues for Arizona Courts, Judicial Selection classes. It should be noted that much of Judge Arkfeld's contributions continued well after her retirement including all of her outstanding work in 2011. She is currently involved in developing curriculum for our upcoming Presiding Judges Leadership Academy and is one of our highest evaluated leadership instructors.
- Kent Batty was also one of the original appointees to CLIA and served initially as its Vice Chair and is currently CLIA’s chair. In addition, Kent was one of the original program developers contributing as part of the Arizona Leadership ad hoc committee before CLIA. Beginning in 2011 and through this past year, Kent has forwarded the goal of CLIA to design and develop ongoing training for both our line supervisors and for our presiding judges. Curriculum development and the implementation of the Arizona Court Supervisor program rounded out our tiered leadership model by providing over 70 hours of program content for line supervisors with a significant portion available to supervisors without having to leave the court – using various facilitated and independent distance learning options. Kent also ensured that CLIA and its work groups began development of our premier Presiding Judges Leadership Academy scheduled to be piloted in 2013. In addition to his contributions as CLIA chair and in curriculum development, Kent serves as certified ICM faculty for Caseflow Management, Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts and Leadership; and is also faculty for the ACM capstone sessions covering Inherent Powers and Court Management Functions – Performance Improvement. Kent is also one of our highest evaluated leadership instructors.
- Don Jacobson is currently CLIA’s Vice Chair and served with Kent on the original ad hoc committee. Not only is he instrumental in meeting the goals previously described, Don teaches more ICM classes for Arizona than any other instructor. He is currently certified to teach ICM Court Performance Standards, Financial Management, Visioning and Strategic Planning and the High Performance Courts Concluding Seminar for the Certified Court Executive certificate. As some of the comments from his class last week indicate, Don is one of our most-valued instructors. “Don is a dynamic educator. Very impressive that one facilitator could handle 2 and ½ days …not an easy task but very well done. Great presentation of this program by Don. He challenges us to become better court people! Don Jacobson is the best!! Don’s passion for the court and the law is amazing and makes him an engaging presenter. Best class of the CCE program.” Don’s contributions to curriculum development also include development of content for the Presiding Judge’s Leadership Academy and Arizona specific content within the court manager programs.