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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

  • April 8, SPDG Directors' Webinar
  • APRs are due in G5 by May 7, 2021: SPDG APR Directions for 2021
  • Save the Date!
    The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will hold its Leadership and Project Directors’ Conference virtually July 19 – 22, 2021. This year’s conference will combine OSEP’s bi-annual Leadership and Project Directors’ conferences. Sessions that are applicable to Leadership Conference and Project Directors’ Conference audiences will be offered.

  • Who should attend:

    Leadership Audience

    Project Directors’ Audience

    • Part B State Directors and agency staff working across federal programs
    • Part C Directors/619 Coordinators and staff
    • Parent Center Directors and staff
    • Part B and Part C Data Managers
    • Part D Technical Assistance Providers
    • State Advisory Councils and State Interagency Coordinating Councils
    • OSEP and U.S. Department of Education staff
    • Personnel Development Project Directors
    • Technical Assistance and Dissemination Project Directors
    • Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Project Directors
    • Parent Center Project Directors
    • State Personnel Development Grant Project Directors
    • Data Center Project Directors
    • OSEP doctoral scholars
    • Project Evaluators
    • OSEP and U.S. Department of Education staff
    Keep track of all conference updates on the 2021 OSEP Leadership and Project Directors’ Conference website.

    Questions?  Please contact the OSEP Conference Planning Team by email at osep-meeting@air.org.


Recent Events


Congratulations to the new SPDGs!
Please welcome your new colleagues to the SIGnetwork!



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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