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2018 SPDG National Mtg: Forum

Using Data for Strategic Scale Up

Effective scale up of SPDG initiatives within states involves effective use of data in planning and continuous improvement. This presentation demonstrates how data-based decisions are used for developing local capacity, implementation sustainability and scale up for a multi-tiered framework program that has been in place during the past eighteen years.

Presenter:            Steve Goodman, Ph.D., MIBLSI Director, Michigan
                              Kim St. Martin, Ph.D., MIBLSI Assistant Director, Michigan
                              Julie Morrison, Ph.D., MIBLSI External Evaluator, Michigan

System Level:       State


Arizona SPDG Coaching: A Gradual Release Model Enhancing Expertise!

This session will highlight the AZSPDG coaching framework and how the system creates sustainability in supporting the success of all teachers. Participants will receive a brief project overview and then dive into the coaching framework, protocols and support systems. What makes this coaching system exceptional? The voice of teachers throughout the process of action planning, data reflection and development of their unique individualized coaching plans. Come learn how to create a comprehensive coaching system that enhances expertise in meeting the needs of all teachers.

Presenter:             Stacy Riccio
System Level:       District/ Building
Materials:              Presentation

Indiana's Fidelity Data: Staying the Course

The Indiana SPDG has used an Implementation Science Framework to support five Indiana districts. This session will discuss the fidelity tools used after Year 1 of implementation and the resulting data.

Presenter:             Sandi Cole,  Ed.D., Project Director, Indiana

System Level:       State
Materials:              Presentation 
                               ICTQ Flyer    


Pathway to Partnering with Parents:
     How Collaboration with PTIs and CPRCs Led to a Statewide Parent Network

This session will provide an overview of the collaboration between three separately funded organizations (PTI, CPRC and PaTTAN) that came together to build a single Statewide Parent Network as part of the SPDG work. Maintaining the focus on our desired outcomes while following agreed upon guiding principles has had powerful impact. This presentation will offer the audience insight into how Pennsylvania developed a shared vision and built a framework for success. We will discuss the level of commitment, the partnering protocols, and outcomes.

Presenter:             Shatarupa Podder, SPDG Project Director, Pennsylvania
                               Rebecca Fogle, SPDG Project Coordinator, Pennsylvania
                               Natalie Sokol, SPDG Project Co-Coordinator, Pennsylvania

System Level:       State/Regional


Missouri Model Districts Step-by-Step Implementation Guide

Missouri will share how they developed the Missouri Model Districts (MMD) Step-by-Step Implementation Guide. The purpose of the Missouri Model Districts (MMD) Step-by-Step Guide is to provide direction and recommendations for how to successfully implement MMD work, especially at the district-level. The Step-by-Step is aligned with a blueprint, an implementation checklist, and an implementation practice profile for a bundle of practical, boots-on-the-ground information.

Presenter:            Sarah Marten, Ph.D., Project Specialist, Missouri
                              Ronda Jenson, Ph.D., Project Director, Missouri
                              Ginger Henry, DESE Director

System Level:       District


Scaling and the Functions of a Regional Implementation Team

The role and functions of a regional implementation team will be reviewed. The implications of their functions for scaling effective innovations statewide will be shared and discussed through the use of guiding questions. Participants will review and share examples of creating a regional structure within their state's local context.

Presenter:             Caryn Ward

System Level:       Regional


The Center to Improve Program and Project Performance (CIPP): 
      Providing tips and tools to support grantee performance

During this session, grantees will hear about what CIPP does and how the Center supports OSEP and grantees in improving performance. A member of the CIPP team will describe the Centers work with the SPDG program, provide recommendations for developing high-quality project performance measures, offer suggestions for improving annual performance reporting, and share useful resources.

Presenter:             Shauna Harps, Ph.D., Senior Study Director, Maryland
System Level:       State
Materials:              Presentation


Summative Survey of Teacher Perceptions of VTSS

During Spring 2018, school-level personnel were invited to participate in a Perceptions of VTSS Implementation 2013-18 survey to find out how, or if, VTSS has contributed to improving academic and behavioral outcomes for students (including students with disabilities) as well as how, or if, VTSS has influenced the participant in their educator role. The survey instrument and results will be shared. Participants will discuss the implications they perceive from the results as well as offer suggestions to improve the survey instrument.

Presenter:            Sharon deFur, Ed.D., Virginia SPDG Evaluator
                              Amanda Working, Ph.D., Virginia SPDG Data Analyst
                              Steve Tonelson, Ed.D., Virginia SPDG  Evaluator

System Level:       State


Systems Approaches for Effective Partnering

The presenter will describe the evolution of Multi-Tiered Family, School, and Community Partnering (FSCP) within the CO-MTSS framework. In this session, the presenter will share promising practices for effective FSCP and considerations for applying tiered logic within FSCP systems and supports (e.g., through problem solving and communication tactics). Tools, resources, and key understandings used across state, district, and school-level applications include emphases on supporting dual capacity-building, connections to implementation science, and comprehensive structures aligned to standards. Examples of teaming within a prevention-based approach will be described.

Presenter:             Kim Watchorn, Ed.S., MTSS Specialist, Colorado

System Level:       Relevant across levels (can limit if conference presenters request)
Materials:              Presentation

FSCP Guidance Article FSCP Practice Profile FSCP Survey
FSCP Survey Directions FSCP Problem-Solving Protocol FSCP Survey Score Calc
FSCP Staff Self-Reflection Tool


Preschool Specially Designed Instruction and the DEC Recommended Practices

Presenters from Iowa's SPDG will share how we have used our Iowa SDI Framework to align with the DEC Recommended Practices in professional learning and coaching activities with teachers who support young children with disabilities in inclusive settings. Tools and resources used with teachers and coaches will be shared.

Presenter:             Betsy Lin, M.Ed., Education Program Consultant, Iowa
                               Dee Gethmann, M.Ed., Part B-619 State Coordinator, Iowa

System Level:       District
Materials:               Presentation 
                               SDI Framework 
                               SDI Recommended Practices


Parents Center and State Department Collaboration

Family engagement is crucial to the implementation of effective schoolwide initiatives and has been shown to improve student outcomes. To bridge the gap between home and school, the Oklahoma SPDG has partnered with the Oklahoma Parents Center in a variety of ways. This parternship has taken on many forms over the years, and continues to be a source of support for the goals of the SPDG and for parents and staff in SPDG-supported school sites.

Presenter:             Bethan Langlois, M.Ed., Project Coordinator, Oklahoma
                              Sharon Coppedge Long, Executive Director, Oklahoma Parents Center

System Level:       State


Alignment, Implementation, and Educational Excellence

Alignment improves the efficiency of the organization resulting in more sustainable implementation and better student outcomes. Features of alignment and steps for aligning initiatives and supporting systems will be discussed.

Presenter:             Steve Goodman, Ph.D., SPDG Director, Michigan


Tips and Tools for Engaging Families from Diverse Cultures

This session will highlight PACER website tools developed through the SPDG grant.  Training videos, research literature as well as practice guides and tools are offered for educators and school administrators to build effective home-school communication and promote meaningful family engagement.

Presenter:             Loraine Jensen, SPDG Coordintor

System Level:       State, Regional, District and Building


Using Practice Profiles to Support Continuous Improvement

The Missouri Model District staff has an online Self-Assessment Practice Profile administered at the district team level. Project staff will share their story about the development of these tools and related resources and reports. The team continues to work iteratively with evaluators and developers to create reporting mechanisms that can guide continuous improvement of the project at different levels through (a) reflection upon current implementation, (b) thoughtful discussion, (c) action planning for improvement, and (d) addressing challenges to implementation of practices. Having experienced the highs and lows, we can share what we have learned from our journey, recounting some potential pitfalls, and even highlighting mistakes that we have made along the way while sharing the floor with others for facilitated group think around shared issues.

Presenter:             Sarah Marten, Director, Missouri
                              Will Faulkner, Flux RME, Evaluation support, Missouri
                              Jason Altman, TerraLuna Collaborative, Evaluation support, Missouri

System Level:       State, District, Building