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Grant/Contract #  H323A120017
Program Name     State Personnel Development Grants Program
Competition         State Personnel Development Grants
Title                     Vermont State Personnel Development Grant
Project Director(s)       Ferguson, K. Michael

Purpose: This project will reform and improve the Vermont state system for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention and educational services to improve education outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. The project will do this by building the capacity of Vermont Part C, Children's Integrated Services Early Intervention (619 Program), VT Family Network and Early Childhood Education providers to support the early reading, numeracy, and social-emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. For school-age children, the project will enhance the capacity of general and special education teachers to provide instruction and intervention within a Multi-Tier System of supports.

Method: Activities of this project include: (a) recruiting and training regional parent leaders to provide access to information and resources on early and school-aged multi-tiered systems of support for parents, families, and school-based personnel; (b) providing consistent instruction and intervention for seamless transition for children and families; (c) developing and installing professional development tracks to meet the unique needs of early education center and school-based personnel, parents, and caregivers; and (d) creating and maintaining a web-based infrastructure for delivery of and access to content.