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State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

OLS Team Photo - June 2017 Office of Learning Supports SPDG Team

Photo from Summer 2017:

(left to right, top row) Lynne DeSousa, Jason Harlacher, Scott Ross, Kelly Ratliff, Katy Goebel, Matt Klausmeier, Kim Watchorn, Adam Collins, Andrew Schaper, Diane Barranco
(left to right, bottom row) Megan Rogers, Samantha Lyon, Robyn Shank, Jill Youngren, Milcah Hawk, Carole Pandorf, Rebecca Knighton
(not pictured: Erin Ax, Allison Greene, Sheila Lovato, and Sean Taylor)

The State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) program of the U.S. Department of Education supports State Educational Agencies (SEAs) in improving educational outcomes for children by providing funding and technical support to assist in reforming and improving systems for personnel preparation and professional development. Specifically, Colorado's previous plans supported adult learning activities that targeted systems change. Through iterations of the grant, in addition to supporting a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Colorado supported implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks; effective early childhood education; supports for students with significant supports needs (SSN); supports for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); and meaningful partnering between schools and families and communities. One focused area from prior SPDG efforts is related to supporting IHEs in preparing educators to support family, school, and community partnering. Details are provided on the SPDG IHE web page (updated 2014).The CO SPDG also promoted the establishment of region-based technical assistance and training teams to support educational systems in providing training to stakeholders in school/district settings that engage in school reform efforts. Future project activities will build on foundations of past SPDG projects.  

2016-2021 Project Information

The purpose of the 2016-2021 CO SPDG project is to develop an integrated Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework in Colorado at the state, regional, district, school, and early childhood level through models of successful implementation that can be scaled up across the state. These models will result in increased implementation of evidence-based practices and improvement in academic and behavioral outcomes for all students in Colorado including those with disabilities.

To achieve this purpose, the project has five goals: 

  1. Increase state leadership capacity for CO-MTSS through meaningful stakeholder collaboration and team work.
  2. Increase regional and district capacity for CO-MTSS through effective leadership, planning, and provision of professional development and technical assistance to local schools and educational buildings.
  3. Increase preschool-12, school level capacity for CO-MTSS through the implementation of team-driven shared leadership, data-based problem solving, family, school, and community partnering, and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices.
  4. Improve teacher performance through the development of district and regional systems of professional development and technical assistance.
  5. Increase family, school, and community partnering around CO-MTSS through specific partnership activities and involvement at all levels.

Consult the Current Grantee LEA page for Colorado's SPDG CO-MTSS Cohort 1 grant recipients.

  • In Winter 2018, grantees in the second cohort will participate in a Kickoff event on Jan. 31, 2018. Materials will be available on the Winter 2018 SPDG MTSS Kickoff page.
  • In the Winter of 2017, grantees participated in a Kickoff event for the grant. Access to materials shared on those days are on the Winter 2017 SPDG MTSS Kickoff page.
  • One of the SPDG activities expected of grantees is completion of an Initiative Inventory. The process for conducting such an inventory is described on the OLS Initiative Inventory page
  • In September 2017, Cohort 1 grantees will participate in a Year 2 Kickoff event. Access to materials shared during those sessions are on the Fall 2017 SPDG MTSS Kickoff page.

Archive (JUNE 2017)

As a reference, grant application and submission materials are included below; note that these are archives, and no applications are currently being accepted. 

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