|Program Name||State Personnel Development Grants Program|
|Competition Name||State Personnel Development Grants|
|Title||South Carolina State Personnel Development Grant|
|Project Director(s)||Michelle Bishop|
The goal of this project is to provide professional development that targets high-need schools and their feeder schools, creating a systemic, tiered approach to addressing the needs of teachers, staff, administrators, and families in improving outcomes for students with disabilities.
Activities of this project include: (a) providing intensive assistance to the highest-need schools (Tier 1) determined by gaps in achievement and graduation between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers, by poverty, and by high percentages of minority
enrollment; (b) targeting particular data-driven needs for Tier 2 schools; (c) setting up Tier 3 schools as demonstration sites for the State; (d) partnering with various agencies, including the South Carolina Department of Social Services and four institutions of higher education; and (e) providing a coherent, sustainable, research-based professional development program that includes intensive coaching, virtual professional learning communities, graduate coursework, online modules and demonstration sites, and direct
training in research-based effective strategies.
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