Your one-stop connection to resources about the Office of Special Education Program State Personnel Development Grants!
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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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).
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