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The State Personnel Development Grants Program & SIGnetwork. Jennifer Coffey November 2010. Agenda. Introductions Purpose & Legislative Authority SPDG Program Information. Purpose of the SPDG Program.

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The state personnel development grants program signetwork

The State Personnel Development Grants Program & SIGnetwork

Jennifer Coffey

November 2010


Agenda

Agenda

  • Introductions

  • Purpose & Legislative Authority

  • SPDG Program Information


Purpose of the spdg program

Purpose of the SPDG Program

  • The purpose of this program is to assist State educational agencies (SEAs) in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities.


Priority

Priority:

  • The Assistant Secretary establishes a priority to assist SEAs in reforming and improving their personnel preparation and professional development systems for teachers, principals, administrators, related services personnel, paraprofessionals, and early intervention personnel. The intent of this priority is to improve educational results for children with disabilities through the delivery of high quality instruction and the recruitment, hiring, and retention of highly qualified special education teachers.


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In order to meet this priority an applicant must demonstrate that the project for which it seeks funding--(1) Provides professional development activities that improve the knowledge and skills of personnel, as defined in section 651(b) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in delivering scientifically-based instruction to meet the needs of, and improve the performance and achievement of, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children with disabilities; (2) Implements practices to sustain the knowledge and skills of personnel who have received training in scientifically-based instruction; and (3) Implements strategies that are effective in promoting the recruitment, hiring, and retention of highly qualified special education teachers in accordance with section 602(10) and section 612(a)(14) of IDEA.


Requirements

Requirements

  • 90% of funds received must go toward professional development activities

    • See (a) “Use of Funds” (IDEA Sec. 654)

    • Must choose at least one of these activities

  • Up to 10% of funds may be used for “other activities”

    • See (b) under Use of Funds

    • Must choose at least one of these activities


Requirements cont

Requirements cont.

  • (c) Contracts and Subgrants—An SEA that receives a grant under this program—

    • (1) Must award contracts or subgrants to LEAs, institutions of higher education, parent training and information centers, or community parent resource centers, as appropriate, to carry out the State plan; and

    • (2) May award contracts and subgrants to other public and private entities, including the lead agency under Part C of IDEA, to carry out the State plan.


Program performance measures

Program performance measures

  • Measure 1.1 – Evidence-Based Practices (Personnel): The percent of personnel receiving professional development through the SPDG based on scientific- or evidence-based instructional practices.

  • Measure 1.2 – State Performance Plan (SPP) Alignment: The percent of SPDG projects that implement personnel development/training activities that are aligned with improvement strategies identified in their SPP.

  • Measure 2.1 – Evidence-Based Practices (Training): The percentage of professional development/training activities provided through the SPDG based on scientific- or evidence-based instructional/behavioral practices.


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  • Measure 2.2 – Sustained Practices: The percentage of professional development/training activities based on scientific- or evidence-based instructional/behavioral practices, provided through the SPDG program, that are sustained through on-going and comprehensive practices. (Long-term)

  • Measure 3.1 – Teacher Retention: In states with SPDG projects that have special education teacher retention as a goal, the statewide percentage of highly qualified special education teachers in state identified professional disciplines (e.g., teachers of children with emotional disturbance, deafness, etc.) who remain teaching after the first two years of employment.

  • Measure 4.1 – Scale-up Scientific- or Evidence-Based Practices: The percentage of SPDG projects that successfully replicate the use of scientific- or evidence-based instructional/behavioral practice in schools. (Long-term)


The spdg program

The SPDG Program

  • SIGnetwork

    • www.signetwork.org

    • SIGnetwork Coordinator

    • Monthly Webinars

    • Regional Meetings

    • Low Incidence Affinity Group

    • Evaluator Meetings

    • Technology Focus Work Group

    • Implementation Discussions

    • Other strands and communities


Challenges for the spdg grantees

Challenges for the SPDG grantees

  • Collaboration with IHEs

  • Impacting credentialing/certification

  • Contracting and distribution of monies in a timely way

  • Sustainability and scaling up of efforts – few comprehensive systems in place to sustain PD and coaching once the SPDG ends


Scaling up the spdg efforts

Scaling up the SPDG Efforts

  • The SPDG as transformation zone

  • Within the Department

    • ARRA programs

  • In States

    • Connecting with internal TA&D systems

    • Alignment with other initiatives

    • Collaborating with general education

    • Leveraging success to receive more funding from their legislature or from IDEA Part B money and other DOE funds


  • The professional learning communities

    The Professional Learning Communities

    • Requested by SPDG Project Personnel and Evaluators

    • Opportunities to present, facilitate, or just participate

    • Continuous feedback loop


    Signetwork resources

    SIGnetwork Resources


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