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.
US 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.
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.
The Systems Alignment Learning Collaborative: Virtual Learning Event In particular, Kansas describes how their SSIP evaluation is derived from the SPDG evaluation principles.
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.)
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
This website and the accompanying SigServe is managed by Technical Assistance and Consulting Services at the University of Oregon and financially supported by SIG and SPDG projects.