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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.

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2-Iowa SPDG Position Openings

The Iowa Department of Education (DOE) is seeking to fill two positions for completion of its State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG):  Project Director and Data Consultant.    Iowa’s SPDG is focused on delivery of effective specially designed instruction (SDI) with an initial emphasis on PK-3 literacy.  The project consists of different strands lead by DOE staff (i.e., Pre-K SDI literacy, low incidence SDI literacy, high incidence SDI literacy, AEM).  The Project Director will be responsible for ensuring the connections/alignment across strands and with other state efforts to improve universal instruction.  In addition, the Project Director will have responsibility for grant management, working with the evaluator, coordinating with Iowa’s PTI to build family/school partnerships, establishing a think tank to examine technical assistance supports and serve as liaison to SDI work that is not literacy based.   The Data Consultant will be responsible to work with the Project Evaluator to design and collect evaluation data and to work with other DOE staff to ensure maximum use of existing data sources and to incorporate project data elements in relevant DOE data collection efforts.  More details about each position can be found at the following links:

Education Program Consultant (SPDG Director).  


Education Program Consultant (SPDG Data Consultant).


Welcome and Congratulations to the 9 New SPDGs!!

Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Tennessee

Link to the U.S. DOE press release about the new SPDG awards

5th Annual SPDG National Meeting

Link to information page

Link to registration

October 14-15, 2015

FHI 360 Conference Center • 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW • 8th Floor • Washington, DC


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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