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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.


  • March 26: Family Engagement CoP Webinar (3pm ET)
    Tips of the Trade: Involving Everyone in Family Engagement Work.  Come prepared to share your tips, tricks, and strategies for involving leaders, staff, and families in your family engagement initiatives.  No tip is too insignificant and no strategy is too expansive.  What has worked for you?  What questions do you have for your fellow community members?


Draft Revised EB-PD Worksheet

Please click the link above to review this draft, revised worksheet and edit if you think further revisions are needed.  Return to Jennifer Coffey (Jennifer.coffey@ed.gov) by April 15th.  Big thanks to SIGnetwork evaluators and SISEP for the their contributions!

APR Webinar with discussion of intervention fidelity, implementation teams, and sustainability plans.

FY 2020 SPDG APR Directions and 524B Form
If you have any questions, please reach out to your Project Officer.


Position Announcement 

Special Education Advisor, Bureau of Special Education / Division of Analysis and Financial Reporting, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Save the dates

October 14 & 15, 2020
The dates for the 2020 SPDG National Meeting have been set as October 14-15, 2020.  This meeting is a great opportunity to network face-to-face with SPDG colleagues, share tools, and talk with project officers. Please consider reserving these dates for attending this meeting. 
New for this year, the 2020 SPDG National Meeting will span 2 full days.
Location: FHI360. 1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

July 20-22, 2020
Please save the date and plan to attend the OSEP Project Directors’ Conference: July 20-22, 2020, Crystal Gateway Marriot, Arlington, VA

2019 SPDG National Meeting Resources and Recording

Newly Recorded Webinars!

Alabama SPDG Documentary Film

Beautiful Rainbow is a program of Gadsden City Schools, Gadsden, Alabama, supported by the Alabama State Personnel Development Grant. The program uses the operation of a farm-to-table café and a garden to teach students with significant disabilities and autism spectrum disorder the skills they need to work independently in the community. Students learn organic gardening, sophisticated food preparation and customer relations. This program has had a high level of success, with most graduates achieving gainful employment. A documentary film about the program was recently selected for viewing at five film festivals.


Coaching Data-based Decision Making
Kacie Olson is an implementation coach for the Kansas Learning Network which is part of the Kansas State Department of Education's Technical Assistance System Network.  In her role she supports both district and building leaders statewide in developing and implementing school/district plans of improvement. This webinar recording provides tools and frameworks that can help your coaches to support effective data use for problem solving and improved impact.
Recorded Webinars with NASDSE for potential 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.
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.
Listing of OSEP-Funded Centers
This document provides an updated list of all OSEP-Funded Centers.
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.

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


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