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The goal of Office of Special Education Program's (OSEP) funding program is to assist state education agencies and their partners to reform early intervention, educational, and transitional services systems to improve results for children with disabilities. To achieve this goal, the State Personnel Development Grants (SPDGs) may be used to improve systems of professional development, technical assistance and/or dissemination of knowledge about best practices.

Upcoming Events:



2017 SPDG National Meeting, October 5-6, 2017. Information and Registration

This meeting focuses on building stronger professional development systems. The specific content and delivery processes are developed by a planning committee made up of SPDG Directors, Evaluators, and Coordinators through a focus on implementation, resource sharing, and networking.

2017 SPDG Bidders' Webinar recordings and materials:

2017 SPDG APR Webinar. Grant Performance Report for Continuation Funding guidance

The SPDG application package is now available.  Please see the link below for the webpage that includes both the Federal Register Notice, as well as the Application Package.  There is also a link directly to the application package.  Note that there will be 3 informational webinars (non-duplicating) to help prepare potential applicants.

The informational webinars will be held on the 21st, 27th, and 28th of February, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST. These webinars will each contain unique information - they will not replicate content. To access the webinars, you must go to http://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/spdgdirectors/. You must sign in as a guest. Please have the system call you when you are in the room or you can also dial in by calling 1-(877)-512-6886 Conference ID: 16 16 32 2775. If you can participate only by phone, please call 1-(877)-512-6886 Conference ID: 16 16 32 2775. The webinar will be archived at http://www.signetwork.org/

Please contact Jennifer Coffey, 202-245-6673 or Jennifer.Coffey@ed.gov no later than 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 17, 2017 if you will require accommodations to participate in the webinars.

Informational page for potential applicants:  https://www2.ed.gov/programs/osepsig/applicant.html

Application package:  https://www2.ed.gov/programs/osepsig/2017-323a-2-10-17.pdf

SPDG's At-a-Glance (xlsm) This spreadsheet includes SPDG initiative names, the populations they serve, the desired outcomes, whether the work is aligned with SSIP efforts, and the name of the PTI or CPRC the SPDG is contracting/subgranting with.  If you have ideas regarding information that should be included in this At-a-Glance in the future or need to modify your information, please contact Jennfier Coffey (Jennifer.Coffey@ed.gov).

Michigan’s SPDG successes described in EdWeek article This article shares the MI SPDG’s impact on student outcomes as well as the challenges to improving and sustaining MTSS implementation.”

Congratuations and welcome to the 2016 SPDG awardees!! Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, OregonUS Deprartment of Education's press release for the 2016 SPDG awardees.  On August 18th, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education  announced the award of $7 million in grants to seven states to help recruit and train teachers, principals and other personnel to provide quality education for children with disabilities.

Integrating SPDG work with SSIP.

PBIS Center. Technical Guide for Alignment of Initiatives, Programs and Practices in School Districts.

Overview of the Alabama State Systemic Improvement Plan. Alabama provides an overview of how they have leveraged and integrated their SPDG work for their SSIP Phase I and II efforts.  Especially helpful is their description of implementation framework tools that helped them along the way.

Overview of the Iowa SPDG/ SSIP alignment plan

The Systems Alignment Learning Collaborative: Virtual Learning Event In particular, Kansas describes how their SSIP evaluation is derived from the SPDG evaluation principles.

The Kentucky SPDG co-teaching initiative has made a difference. Joseph Harris, a CT4GC internal coach and co-teacher was featured in this March's Kentucky Teacher.  Here's the link to the article http://www.kentuckyteacher.org/leadership/guest-columns/2016/03/co-teaching-means-taking-risks-together/ (Molly Bowen is the KDE person who oversees the initiative.  Rhonda Colvin is the district's Director of Special Education.)

Updated Evidence Based Professional Development Components Worksheet posted in the Program Measures Page (Posted 1.26.2016)

New SPDG Staff Orientation Resources

Overview of High Quality Professional Development Checklist presentation. Dr. Amy Gaumer Erickson was invited to present her work on High-Quality Professional Development (HQPD) Training to the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Amy’s presentation provides an overview of the HQPD Checklist and we are happy to be able to share the recording of the her presentation (Thank you, Amy!). By following the link above, you will be directed to the webinar event page which includes HQPD checklist instructions, an updated version of the HQPD checklist with examples, and the webinar link.

Implementation Drivers Tools

Implementation Drivers: Assessing Best Practices (2013-2015) NIRN. Karen Blase, Melissa van Dyke and Dean Fixsen. Assessments that are specific to “best practices” extracted from: 1) the literature, 2)interactions with purveyors who are successfully implementing evidence?based programs on a national scale, 3) in?depth interviews with 64 evidence?based program developers, 4) metaanalyses of the literature on leadership, and 5) analyses of leadership in education.

Implementation Drivers: Team Review and Planning. (2013) NIRN. Melissa Van Dyke, Karen Blase, Barbara Sims and Dean Fixsen. This planning tool provides the opportunity for Implementation Teams to have indepth discussions about each Driver in preparation for action planning. Completing this process is an important for moving from the Exploration Stage to the Installation Stage. The tool identifies a few best practices for each Driver to guide those discussions.

Implementation Drivers: Action Plan. The Active Implementation Hub, SISEP. Action planning around the Implementation Drivers is a vital and ongoing responsibility of Implementation Teams. This planning tool is designed to help your teams in the planning process. The tool is designed to be used on your computer. We encourage your team to use this fill-in tool with a large-screen monitor or projector to support participation of the full Implementation Team in the action planning process.

Strategic Analysis of Implementation Drivers Worksheet. The Active Implementation Hub, SISEP. This planning tool can be used by state, region, district or building level Implementation teams to begin exploring the three Active Implementation Drivers: competency, organizational and leadership. The tool assists teams in determining the function of each Driver as well as identifying who is accountable for each and how each can be improved to better support implementation.


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