State Personnel Development Grant Newsletter

07 February 2017

From the Laptop of Meg Porcella, Co-Director: The Next State Personnel Development Grant

In August the SPDG management team created a subcommittee to start the process of writing the next SPDG proposal. While we wait for the SPDG Request for Proposals to be released from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), we have met with different stakeholder groups and gathered information to draft the proposal. As a result of our many stakeholder meetings, both internally at the Agency of Education and externally around Vermont, we have established that one of our goals is “to improve the capacity of Leadership Teams at the AOE, Supervisory Union/Supervisory District, and school levels to support implementation of a MTSS framework.” The content focus will be “to increase the percent of Vermont’s Pre-K through 8th grade students who are proficient in mathematics.” By emphasizing math, the SPDG will continue to align its work with the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).

Our intention is to maintain support for professional learning and coaching for those of you currently pursuing a content area other than mathematics. Additionally, we will continue our partnerships with VT PBIS and the Vermont Reads Initiative. Finally, we will ensure ongoing support for the transition from preschool to kindergarten Early MTSS work that is taking place in four of the current SPDG schools, as well as several other non-SPDG sites.

Many of the proposal details still need to be finalized to include the budgets. And, of course, all of our work is pending OSEP’s ability to issue the RFP and fund the program. As I’ve said for the past several months, please stay tuned, and I will use this forum to share details as they become available.

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