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State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

The 2022-2026 Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports (COMTSS) Implementation Grant application deadline is now closed.


Description of grant

The Colorado Department of Education Office of Learning Supports (CDE/OLS) Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports (COMTSS) seeks to work with districts and schools to integrate academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports into a comprehensive system of student supports. The OLS received a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for the 2021-2026 funding cycle. The SPDG program from the U.S. Department of Education provides funding and technical support to State Educational Agencies to assist them in reforming and improving systems within education. 

COMTSS is a framework applied at all educational levels that uses implementation science to create one integrated system. This system is designed to support the needs of all students. COMTSS is defined as a prevention-based framework of team-driven, data-based problem solving to improve the outcomes of every student through family, school, and community partnering, comprehensive screening and assessment, and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices applied at classroom, school, district, region, and state level.

This grant opportunity focuses on professional learning activities that target the development, implementation, and sustainability of a COMTSS.

Application timeline (updated November 29, 2021)

  • October 4, 2021: RFA released
  • October 11, 2021: Application webinar from 1 - 2 p.m. View recording of webinar here (external link). 
  • October 25, 2021: Intent to Apply due by 11:59 p.m. Fill out ITA survey. 
  • Friday, January 7, 2022: Applications due to CDE by 11:59 pm

  • January 10 - January 14, 2022: Review of applications

  • January 19, 2022: Applicants notified of award status

  • January 18-21, 2022: Grantees awarded funds

  • January 26, 2022, 9:30 am – 11:30 am: Grantees attend the informational webinar about grant requirements, COMTSS District Coordinator role description, training schedule, TA structure, budgets, etc.

  • Friday, January 28, 2022: LEAs must identify COMTSS Coordinators and School Implementation Leads