The State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) program of the U.S. Department of Education supports State Educational Agencies 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 plan supported professional development activities that targeted systems change utilizing an integrated Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework that targets all school-age children, early childhood to high school; the full spectrum of students' educational needs, including students with significant supports needs (SSN) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD); and, meaningful participation of families. It also promotes the establishment of region-based technical assistance and training teams to support districts in providing professional development to staff or schools in these evidence-based frameworks.
The grant objectives included:
- Support the changing roles and practices of personnel serving students with disabilities in a RtI/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 RtI/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.