December 9, 2011
Overview of the State Personnel Development Grant and the New Competition
Introduction and Purpose of State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)
- The purpose of this federal OSEP program, authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 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.
- The current SPDG was funded in 2007 and ends this year. The California Department of Education intends to request a 1-year no-cost time extension.
- SPDG activity descriptions are located at: http://www.calstat.org/pdf/SPDG_Overview.pdf
- More information on the Project can be found on the CalSTAT website: http://www.calstat.org/sig.html
Basic Expectations of the 2012 California SPDG Proposal:
We expect the federal Request for Application (RFA) to be released in May and the proposal to be due six weeks later.
All activities in the California SPDG proposal must:
- Meet the funding requirements of the RFA (Max. Amt.=$1,750,000/yr instead of our CA 2.2 million/yr; Note: This is $450K less/year than CA currently has now.)
- Increase probability of positive ratings by the neutral third-party reader panel (Quality of activities proposed)
- Obtain the competitive priority (3 points) by addressing the common core content standards in at least one of our SPDG proposed activities
- Align to the SPP and ESEA Plan for the State
- Align to IDEA 612(a)(14)
…all personnel necessary to carry out this part are appropriately and adequately prepared, subject to the requirements of section 612(a)(14) [Personnel Qualifications]
- Coordinate with Part C activities
New OSEP SPDG Objectives (from the May 2010 RFA) The revised measures will assess the extent to which:
- Projects use evidence-based professional development practices to support the attainment of identified competencies.
- Participants in SPDG professional development demonstrate improvement in implementation of SPDG-supported practices over time.
- Projects use SPDG professional development funds to provide activities designed to sustain the use of SPDG supported practices.
- Highly qualified special education teachers that have participated in SPDG supported special education teacher retention activities remain as special education teachers two years after their initial participation in these activities
SPDG Operating Principles:
In this round of the SPDG grants, OSEP is looking for focused work toward the measurable implementation of evidence-based intervention practices, with fidelity. There's a heavy emphasis on coaching supports at local, regional, and statewide levels, and using adult learning principles to drive implementation. The goal is to increase student benefits and outcomes. Data-driven decision-making; involving stakeholders in the process; and, leveraging existing resources, are key principles utilized in previous California SPDG work.
Follow this link to access the powerpoint slides and audio for OSEP's Revised SPDG Program Measures: An Overview, which incorporates the diagram above. You can also access OSEP's draft evaluator's rubric for professional development here. http://signetwork.org/events/252