Connecting with the SPP/APR. Kansas State Personnel Development Grant. Kansas SPDG (2007-2012).
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Kansas State Personnel Development Grant
Goal 1: Improve the systemic capacity of the Kansas professional development system to recruit and retain highly qualified special educators by establishing an induction and mentoring program.
Goal 2: Improve the systemic capacity of the Kansas professional development system to produce an adequate supply of teachers and provide effective instruction for children with low incidence disabilities.
Goal 3: State adoption and increased district implementation of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) in academics and social competencies within an integrated state system of school accountability.
When we can embed we do. It is not a question. It is how we do our work and how the work gets done right.
What types of SPDG/SPP/APR connections have happened in Kansas?
Shared people and partners
Shared processes and systems
Shared accountability and outcomes
SEA special education staff and administrators are leads or co-leads of SPP/APR indicator(s), including SPDG staff.
Indicator 8: Parental Involvement (John)
Indicator 4: Suspension/Expulsion (Jillian)
SPP/APR Indicators are clustered and staff work as a team on:
indicator data collection
ongoing implementation, evaluation, and reporting of improvement activities.
Assistant Director (SPDG Project Director) guides SPP/APR report compilation and writing process, ensures OSEP reporting requirements are met, carefully edits APR and SPP & ensures submission by the deadline.
SPDG subcontractors, sub grantees, external to KSDE are identified in SPP/APR as “resources”
SPDG staff have helped develop the processes the KSDE is using to:
Assess impact and monitor progress
Evaluate improvement activity effectiveness
Data collection and reporting
by providing examples, tools and resources from SPDG activity evaluation and performance measures and incorporating use of logic model.
SPDG staff have assisted with…
Creating an online database for report compilation and tracking
Sharing knowledge and insights of technical report writing and the how-to’s and have-to’s.
It is all project management
Objective 3.4 Improve capacity of school staff to facilitate student engagement and parental involvement as a means of improving academic and behavioral achievement.
See page 19-20 of the 2010 Kansas SPDG Perf. Report for details http://www.spdgkansas.net/resources
SPDG Partners: Families Together and KPIRC
For more detail go to the KSDE 2008 APR:
Scaling-up, implementation fidelity and sustainability are more likely to be achieved on a statewide level with…
The Kansas State Personnel Development Grant is funded through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
& administered through the Kansas State Department of Education under the leadership of Colleen Riley, State Director of Special Education.
John Green is the project coordinator and Jillian Pattison is the PBIS coordinator, both of the KSDE Special Education Services team. The KS SPDG is evaluated by Dr. Amy Gaumer Erickson, an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.
Kerry A Haag
Assistant Director & SPDG Project Director
Special Education Services, KSDE
120 SE Tenth Street
Topeka, KS 66612