About the Meeting

Online Agenda and meeting resources and materials  (PPT files, PDF resources, etc.)
Participant List (posted 2/26)

The SPDG National Meeting occurs March 5 & 6, 2013, at the Washington Marriott, located at 1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC. 
This year's event emphasizes building stronger professional development systems through a focus on implementation. The agenda is framed around four topical strands: 1) Using implementation fidelity tools to provide meaningful data, 2) Collection of fidelity data,  3) Relationship between TA and implementation fidelity, and 4)  Stages of implementation: What do they mean for fidelity? The expected outcomes for participants are:
  • to increase knowledge and skills about evidence-based professional development practices and effective implementation and implementation science
  • to increase knowledge of and ability to use new tools presented
  • to build a stronger prograam network
Similar to last year, the event sessions include a mix of large and small break-out presentations, as well as opportunities for participants to network and share with one another through small group discussions and a poster session. We are pleased to announce Dr. Allison Metz, Associate Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), will return to provide our overall implementation presentation, incorporating our four topical strands.

To reduce costs there will not be an option for virtual participation. Instead, we are planning to use Panapto (a free application) to record (video, audio, PPT slides) key large group presentations. We will post the recordings to the event website for individuals unable to attend the live event. 

Expectations for SPDG Participants

After hosting national and regional meetings for 6 years, participants have continually indicated that the most valuable aspect of our meetings is the opportunity to share best practices and tools with one another. To fully achieve our tool/practice sharing goals, we ask that every SPDG participant take part in the conference by engaging in one or more of the following activities:
  1. Provide a SPDG Market Place 10-and-10 tool presentation. We need 15-18 people to present a tool on one of the four content strands (two rounds, 10-minute presentation with 10-minute Q&A seated at table in the large ballroom).
  2. Provide a SPDG Market Place Mini-Presentation. We need 5 individuals to present a tool, resource, strategy (1 round, 45 minutes).
  3. Provide a Mini Poster. We need one person from every state to provide an articulate, easily accessible poster (8.5" x 11" PPT slide) describing a project component/strategy/tool that can be shared with many others. (60-minute poster session).
Requests for proposal information for these tool/practice sharing activities will be disseminated via the Directors and Evaluators listservs in early December.

Group Meet Up: Connect with Your Colleagues

Back by popular demand we're hosting a Group Meet Up for participants to informally network, meet new staff members, and make dinner arrangements with one another. To make it a fun event  we'll coordinate another ice-breaker activity. Those who complete the activity will be entered into a daily drawing of Must-Have Reads.
The Group Meet Up will take place Monday evening, March 4, 5:30-7:00 pm at the Marriott Court Lounge.

National Planning Community Members 

SPDG Personnel: Loraine Jensen, Coordinator, Minnesota SPDG; Dan Jorgensen, Evaluator, Colorado SPDG; Kim McNamara, Coordinator, Alaska
OSEP Project Officers:  Jennifer Coffey, Tina Diamond, Dawn Ellis, Pat Gonzalez, David Guardino,  Shedeh Hajghassemali,Terry Jackson, Ingrid Oxaal, Susan Weigert, and Grace Zamora Duran
RRCP TA Providers: Jeanna Mullins and Kim Hartsell
Signetwork: Leslie Crysler, Audrey Desjarlais, Elizabeth Jankowski, Linda Lynch, and Melissa Moseley