The State Personnel Development Grants (SPDGs) program funds 45 States to provide professional development that supports education personnel working with children with disabilities. This session highlights the progress of three of these grants that focus on response to intervention (RTI) – a process that schools can use to help children who are struggling academically or behaviorally. The Wisconsin SPDG has partnered with the state RTI Center in supporting the work of school districts as they implement RTI. They have coaches and mentors who are working with school districts and have produced a series of three short videos demonstrating the impact of RTI. One of the videos will be shared in this session. Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) provides a statewide integrated behavior and reading multi-tiered system of supports. The project focuses on developing skills of educators to implement practices with fidelity and to develop local capacity to support implementation efforts over time. The Utah SPDG is a statewide training initiative to support the implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for academics and behavior. Activities include implementing evidence-based instruction and intervention to support the Utah Common Core, proactive screening and progress monitoring assessments, and problem solving to support the academic and behavior needs of ALL students. These three presenters will provide overviews of their projects and will emphasize the elements that teachers and schools can replicate that may lead to better support for students who are struggling academically or behaviorally.
MiBLSi: Helping Students Become Better Readers with Social Skills Necessary for Success (PPT, 4/2012)
Steve Goodman, Ph.D., Director
Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Utah SPDG: Statewide training initiative to support the implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for academics and behavior (PPT, 4/2012)
Heidi Mathie Mucha, Ph.D., Program Specialist
Utah Personnel Development Center