|Professional development activities funded under this grant are specifically intended to improve effective implementation of the requirements and purposes of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B and promote a continuous cycle of improvement and Results Driven Accountability (RDA) by focusing on differentiated improvement strategies.
To support effective planning and the strategic use of grant funds in FY2017, ESE assigned each eligible public school district and educational collaborative to one of two groups based on the 2015 district Determinations of Need for Special Education Technical Assistance or Intervention. These two groups will share a common purpose, required program information (narrative) and opportunities for technical assistance, training, and networking; however, the grant funding and priorities are differentiated by group.
Public school districts already partnering with the ESE Center for Accountability, Partnership, & Assistance through the Office of District and School Assistance Centers (DSACs) or the Office of District and School Turnaround (ODST) are directed to propose PD activities that target outcomes for students with disabilities and complement the district's or school's existing process, initiatives, and outcome measures.
Districts with a special education determination of Meets Requirements At Risk or Needs Technical Assistance
Public school districts that are in special education determination categories Meets Requirements At Risk (MRAR), or Needs Technical Assistance (NTA) are assigned to Group 1.
Districts in Group 1 must choose one of the following priorities for the focus of FY2017 activities supported under Fund Code 274 and described in detail in the Required Forms section below. The selected priority should align with current district improvement initiatives. While proposed PD activities may have some overlap into multiple priority areas, districts must target grant outcomes to one of the priorities outlined in this RFP.
- Promoting Inclusive Disciplinary Practices through Improved Social Emotional Instruction and Trauma Sensitive Schools;
- Improving Identification and Placement Practices for Students Who Have Economic, Cultural and/or Linguistic Differences;
- Special Education Paraeducator (Paraprofessional) Professional Development;
- Secondary Transition; or
- Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning in Special Education
Training and Networking Opportunities
The ESE will offer districts the opportunity to attend one or more statewide training and networking meetings in 2016-2017 related to these priorities. These meetings may include opportunities for focused training and technical assistance, collaboration, and the sharing of best practices in the above priority areas. More information about these meetings will be announced in the fall of 2016.
Further information regarding grant priorities, suggested topics for each priority focus and examples for demonstration of educator proficiency are described in bullet #2 of the Required Forms section below.
(a)Districts with a special education determination of Meets Requirements, Meets Requirements Provisional, Needs Intervention, and (b) Educational Collaboratives
Public school districts that are in special education determination categories Meets Requirements (MR), Meets Requirements Provisional (MR-P), Needs Intervention (NI), Needs Substantial Intervention (NSI), or do not have an accountability rating (NR) , e.g., educational collaboratives, are assigned to Group 2.
Districts and educational collaboratives in Group 2 are directed to select one Indicator from the State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) for the focus of FY2017 activities supported under Fund Code 274, and ensure that the identified related activities leverage current improvement initiatives and are focused on improving successful educational outcomes for students with IEPs.
Further information regarding grant priorities, suggested topics, and examples for demonstration of proficiency are described in bullet #2 of the Required Forms section below.
Training and Networking Opportunities
More information about opportunities will be announced in the fall of 2016.