2022 Georgia

PR Award #
Grantee Name
Georgia Department of Education
Project Title
2022 GA SPDG
Project Director
Karen Suddeth
Project Director Email


To expand and sustain the implementation of an MTSS framework, improve reading outcomes of students in grades 3-8, and increase the retention of special education teachers. Expected outcomes include: (1) enhanced capacity of state, and district MTSS leadership teams; (2) aligned and integrated MTSS-related initiatives at the state, regional, district, and school levels; (3) improved reading outcomes of students in grades 3-8; (4) increased retention of induction special education teachers; (5) greater integration of MTSS into the syllabi and coursework in Georgia’s IHE Education Preparation Programs;  and (6) increased parent engagement and awareness of MTSS and SDI.


These goals will be achieved by implementing and evaluating a system of sustained training, coaching, and supports on MTSS implementation, SDI, and teacher retention strategies. Goal 1 supports the development, implementation, and sustaining of the infrastructure necessary to implement Goals 2 and 3. A cohort model of districts and schools (Goal 2) and teachers (Goal 3) will support implementation and scale-up activities, providing two years of intensive support, before implementing a gradual release. Formative and summative data will be collected, analyzed, and shared to inform and improve implementation efforts, while providing the necessary accountability to ensure project outcomes are met

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