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. 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.
The grant objectives included:
- Support the changing roles and practices of personnel serving students with disabilities in an MTSS or RtI or PBIS framework.
- Implement a regional model of technical assistance and support.
- Implement the Early Childhood Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Infants and Young Children in early childhood programs.
- Design and replicate model ASD/SSN programs that improve academic and social/emotional competences of students with disabilities.
- Increase family school partnering and the meaningful participation of families in MTSS or RtI or PBIS implementation in districts and schools.
- Utilize a continuous feedback loop for reflection on practices, policies, and evaluation.
- Improve the academic and behavioral outcomes of students with disabilities.