2013 SPDG National Meeting (November)

Save the Date Flyer

Draft Agenda  (to be posted August 2013)

Link to Registration and Hotel Information (to be posted August 2013)


About the Meeting

Our SPDG National Meeting will occur November 6-7, 2013, at the FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Washington, DC.

The theme of the meeting emphasizes building stronger professional development systems through a focus on implementation. On day one, Allison Metz, Associate Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), will provide our overall implementation presentation. Following Dr. Metz' presentation, state teams will attend one of two topical participatory oriented activities - 1) strengthening implementation drivers, and 2) clearly defining 'the what' of a professional developement initiative. Participants will have focused time to discuss their chosen topic, sharing issues and strategies with other participants. In addition, state teams will have the opportunity to develop action plans to actualize their strategies. Facilitators and OSEP Project Officers will be available to provide feedback to state teams.

Day two is focused on our Market Place sharing sessions. Participants will network and share with one another via these three popular formats: 1) 10 and 10 tool-sharing, 2) presentations, and 3) a poster session.

The expected outcomes for participants are:
  • to increase knowledge and skills about evidence-based professional development practices and effective implementation, and
  • to increase knowledge of and ability to use new tools presented
  • to build collaborative relationships with SPDG Program colleagues and partners

The agenda sessions will 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. 

There will not be an option available for virtual participation. Instead, we will use Panapto, a free online application to record video, audio, slide decks for key large group presentations. Recordings will be posted to the event website for individuals unable to attend.

Expectations for SPDG Participants

From our national and regional meeting end of event evaluation data 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 August.

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 5, 5:30-7:00 pm. The location will be announced closer to the event.

Planning Community Members 

SPDG Personnel: Susan Bailey-Anderson, Montana SPDG Director; Don Briere, Connecticut SPDG Coordinator: Kathy Cox, Illinois SPDG Director; Alice Henley, Connecticut SPDG Director; David Merves, Delaware & New Hampshire SPDG Evaluator; Brenda Oas, North Dakota SPDG Director
OSEP Project Officers:  Jennifer Coffey, Tina Diamond, Dawn Ellis, Pat Gonzalez, David Guardino,  Shedeh Hajghassemali,Terry Jackson, Ingrid Oxaal, Corinne Weidenthal, Susan Weigert, and Grace Zamora Duran.
Regional Resource Center Program TA Providers: Jeanna Mullins and Kim Hartsell
Signetwork: Audrey Desjarlais, Linda Lynch and Melissa Moseley