2020 Minnesota

PR Award #
Grantee Name
Minnesota Department of Education
Project Title
State Personnel Development Grant
Project Director
Thomas Delaney
Project Director Email


Minnesota’s State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) addresses needs identified as part of our State Performance Plan reporting and will continue to be aligned with our State Systemic Improvement Plan, as well as other professional development activities, to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. Specifically the grant project is designed to: (1) Reduce dropout rates and improve graduation outcomes for American Indian children and youth with disabilities through the implementation of evidence-based practices; and (2) Increase the number of American Indian teachers in special education through support of higher education partnerships.


To achieve our desired outcomes, this proposal focuses on partnerships with school districts, IHEs, cross-division partners, national technical assistance centers, Minnesota’s parent training center, and stakeholders to: (1) Provide personnel development on evidence-based practices, and (2) Partner with IHEs to redesign a special education licensure program to meet the needs of American Indian educators. The Special Education Division will provide leadership and overall management of contractual and non-contractual partners. The Special Education Advisory Panel, Special Education Personnel Preparation Forum, and the Tribal Nations Education Committee will serve in an advisory function, providing feedback, recommendations, and participate in the evaluation process.

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