Events: Directors' Webinar (Webinar)

Topic: Secrets for SSIP Success: Leveraging Lessons Learned from Implementation of the State Personnel Development Grants

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Central / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Mountain / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Pacific

Julia Causey, Georgia Department of Education
Jennifer Gonzales, Arkansas Department of Education
Steve Goodman, Michigan Department of Education
Kim Hartsell, Georgia SPDG

Jennifer Coffey, OSEP
John Lind, SIGnetwork

Description/Other Details
Since 2007, state education agencies have been using funds from their OSEP-funded State Personnel Development Grants (SPDGs) to improve their state systems of professional development and technical assistance to support the dissemination and implementation of best practices designed to improve results for children and youth with disabilities. In order to obtain the goals related to systemic improvement established in their grant applications, SPDG personnel have capitalized on the use of the implementation frameworks and effective school improvement strategies to create transformation zones where evidence-based practices can be implemented with fidelity and can be scaled to impact large groups of students.
In this session, you will hear from state staff from Arkansas, Georgia, and Michigan about successful frameworks and strategies from their SPDGs that they have incorporated into their State Systemic Improvement Plans. Some of topics to be addressed include the focus on district vs. school models of improvement and the key components of the implementation frameworks including teams, drivers, and improvement cycles. These practical lessons learned can be of benefit to your state as you begin your development and implementation of the Phase II SSIP components whether or not you have a SPDG.