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State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)


2016-2021 State Personnel Development Grant


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2016-2021 SPDG Background Information

The United States Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) awarded the Oregon Department of Education a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) in 2016.  This grant focuses on creating a sustainable, tiered system of support in schools and districts statewide. An expected outcome of tiered support systems is an increase in an organization’s capacity to improve student outcomes through equitable and inclusive practices, with an emphasis on protected classes and historically underserved and marginalized students.
How does participation in the SPDG support districts in creating and sustaining tiered systems of support?
  • ODE supports a partnership with districts in order to establish and sustain a multi-tiered system of support, the Oregon Integrated Systems (ORIS) Framework
  • Districts use funds to support implementation activities such as coaching, travel to professional development, release time for building staff
  • Ongoing coach professional learning opportunities position ODE’s continuous improvement process as the roadmap for district and school activities
  • Regional coaches and state-supported liaisons actively support alignment of multiple initiatives within districts and schools through two-way communication with district (LEA) coaches
  • Districts work within implementation teams to oversee implementation of the district’s customization of a multi-tiered system of supports

Cascade of Coaching Supports 

District (LEA) systems coaches receive support from a regional coach and state liaison partner through a coherent system of professional development, technical assistance, and embedded coaching.
Regional hubs allocate funds to support a regional coach, partnered with three to five participating districts. Regional coaches collaborate with LEA coaches and district leadership teams to support activities aligned with Oregon’s Continuous Improvement Process


  • ODE selected 6 ESDs to lead regional support efforts in August 2017
  • Selected ESDs partnered and committed to serving any accepted LEA, regardless of geographic region
  • ODE accepted 18 LEAs in December 2017
  • ODE will accept 6 LEAs in 2018 and 6 LEAs in 2019
  • All participating districts and ESDs receive funds and participate in related activities through 2021

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Contact Information

Jennifer Eklund-Smith
Coherent Strategies SPDG/SSIP Specialist
Sarah Soltz, D.Ed.
Coherent Strategies Specialist

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