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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.




2020 SPDG National Meeting
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We are holding the SPDG National Meeting virtually this year.
Please continue to hold October 14th and 15th, 2020 from 11am through 4pm ET for our convening.

Applying for an SPDG Grant?

OSEP SPDG Informational Webinars now available
If you are applying under the current SPDG competition (FY 2020), please note these information webinars, and contact Jennifer Coffey (Jennifer.Coffey@ed.gov; 541-285-3622) with any questions.

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The following notices have been published in the Federal Register Wednesday, July 29, 2020:

Notice of Final Priority and Definitions (NFP) for FY 2020 for OSERS/OSEP:
    State Personnel Development Grants (CFDA 84.323A)
    Effective Date: Friday, August 28, 2020.
    The NFP can be reviewed at the following Federal Register website:

Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for FY 2020 for OSERS/OSEP:
    State Personnel Development Grants (CFDA 84.323A)
    Publication Date/Applications Available: Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Thursday, September 10, 2020.
    The NIA can be reviewed at the following Federal Register website:

PDFs of the Federal Register notices:

The application package for the 84.323A competition will post today on the Grants.gov website at www.grants.gov.

Please check Grants.gov regularly to see further informational webinars recorded for this competition: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=84.323A

Contact Jennifer Coffey (Jennifer.Coffey@ed.gov) with any questions.

These webinars may help potential applicants consider elements of an effective professional development system that leads to full implementation and sustainability:

Recorded Webinars with NASDSE for potential applicants
OSEP and NASDSE have joined together to help states think through their professional development system as they consider applying for the 2020 State Personnel Development Grants Program (SPDG). Each month, an expert presenter from OSEP, an OSEP funded technical assistance center, or a current OSEP funded SPDG grant are sharing their insights on an important aspect creating an effective professional development system.
Draft Revised EB-PD Worksheet
Please click the link above to review this draft, revised worksheet and edit if you think further revisions are needed.  Return to Jennifer Coffey (Jennifer.coffey@ed.gov) by May 15th.  Big thanks to SIGnetwork evaluators and SISEP for their contributions!
APR Webinar with discussion of intervention fidelity, implementation teams, and sustainability plans.
FY 2020 SPDG APR Directions and 524B Form
If you have any questions, please reach out to your Project Officer.

New resource:

Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 
Resources from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
The site provides information, tools, and resources to help educators, parents and families, and related service providers meet the educational, behavioral, and emotional needs of children and youth with disabilities through remote and virtual learning.


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Notable Efforts from your SPDG Colleagues

Iowa SPDG Spotlight on Preschool (March 2020, Issue 11, pdf)
The Preschool Strandi of Iowa’s SPDG is aimed at “ensuring preschool teams are confident and competent in providing high quality Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) in order to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities in inclusive preschool settings. By implementation year 3, 4 year-olds with disabilities meeting expectations for literacy grew by more than 45%.
Iowa SPDG Spotlight (January 2019, Issue 8, pdf)
Learn more about how you can use data to dertmine coaching strategies and frequency from this report on the external evaluation of the impact of the Iowa SPDG grant on teacher outcomes.
Kansas SPDG’s special education teacher retention data: https://ksdetasn.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/resource/upload/2398/2018-19_eMSS_Evaluation_Brief.pdf demonstrate that 95% percent of the SPDG mentees from 2012-2017 were still working as teachers in 2019.   76% of that 95% were still working as special educators.
Kansas e-Mentoring for Student Success, the SPDG-supported initiative, provided training, coaching, and reflection opportunities that guided new teachers to implement evidence-based instructional practices. Additionally, mentees participated in one to three Explorations (i.e., eight-week guided conversations with application and reflection components on a topic related to classroom management, professional practice, or family engagement).

Newly Recorded Webinars!


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