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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.





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Fiscal Year 2021 SPDG Competition

The following notice was published in the Federal Register Tuesday, December 29, 2020:

Notice Inviting Applications for OSERS-OSEP:
State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program (Assistance Listing Number/CFDA number 84.323A)
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 9, 2021
The contact person for the 84.323A competition is Jennifer Coffey: Jennifer.Coffey@ed.gov

Application package

The notice can be reviewed at the following Federal Register website:

The Federal Registers Notice, application package, and information for applying to the 84.323A competition are all available here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html.

Please view the informational webinar as well as reading through the application package, both of which can be found below.

SPDG Competition webinar is now live and is on the OSEP website as well as the PPT.


For the Abstract Template and other documents please visit: https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/new-osep-grants.html.

Please review the OSEP Family Engagement Expectations for Discretionary Grantees, which are referenced in the informational webinar: OSEP Family Engagement Expectations



Congratulations to the new SPDGs!
Please welcome your new colleagues to the SIGnetwork!



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).

Newly Recorded Webinars!


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