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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:



Recorded Webinars with NASDSE for potetnial applicants

OSEP and NASDSE have joined together to help states think through their professional development system as they consider applying for the 2020 State Personnel Development Grants Program (SPDG). Each month, an expert presenter from OSEP, an OSEP funded technical assistance center, or a current OSEP funded SPDG grant are sharing their insights on an important aspect creating an effective professional development system.

Using this Live Binders platform, NASDSE is developing a repository that catalogs all the presentations and provides additional resources. After each presentation, a live link to the material will be sent to the contacts for each states. Each presentation will be posted with the name and date of the presentation on its own Live Binder tab.

Using the tab labeled Learning in a Community, Joanne Cashman of the NASDSE staff, will add tips on developing the stakeholder relationships to support your work and will convene participants around issues of shared interest, on a voluntary basis, beyond the monthly webinars.

Iowa SPDG Spotlight (January 2019, Issue 8, pdf)

Report on the external evaluation of the impact of the Iowa SPDG grant on teacher outcomes.

2019 Continuation Funding Package (pdf)

Performance Report (APR, AKA continuation report) will be due on May 3, 2019.

Materials from the 2018 8th Annual SPDG National Meeting

Listing of OSEP-Funded Centers (docx)
This document provides an updated (11/2017) list of all OSEP-Funded Centers and includes a short description of each.

SPDG's At-a-Glance (xlsm) This spreadsheet includes SPDG initiative names, the populations they serve, the desired outcomes, whether the work is aligned with SSIP efforts, and the name of the PTI or CPRC the SPDG is contracting/subgranting with.  If you have ideas regarding information that should be included in this At-a-Glance in the future or need to modify your information, please contact Jennfier Coffey (Jennifer.Coffey@ed.gov).

Integrating SPDG work with SSIP

PBIS Center. Technical Guide for Alignment of Initiatives, Programs and Practices in School Districts.

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.

Overview of the Iowa SPDG/ SSIP alignment plan

The Systems Alignment Learning Collaborative: Virtual Learning Event In particular, Kansas describes how their SSIP evaluation is derived from the SPDG evaluation principles.

Updated Evidence Based Professional Development Components Worksheet posted in the Program Measures Page (Posted 1.26.2016)

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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