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State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)


2016-2021 State Personnel Development Grant



The Oregon Department of Education is currently seeking eighteen LEAs to participate in the 2016-2021 State Personnel Development Grant. More detailed information regarding this opportunity is included in the application materials section below.

2016-2021 SPDG Background Information

Oregon was awarded another State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) from the United States Department of Education – Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This grant will focus on creating a cohesive and sustainable tiered system of support in local education agencies by building on work that began with the 2011-2016 SPDG.

Specific areas of focus designed to improve students' performance in academics and behavior are as follows:

  1. Creation of a coherent system of professional development, technical assistance, and coaching
  2. Development of a cadre of high-quality regional and LEA coaches that will provide direct support to selected LEAs
  3. Expansion of the capacity of regional hubs and LEAs to support a multi-tiered system of support framework

This system includes regional and LEA level coaches who have been trained by the MTSS Training Team on evidence-based coaching practices and effective instructional and behavioral strategies. It provides personnel development support to participating LEAs through guidance documents, training webinars, technical assistance, tools designed to help implement evidence-based activities, access to focused research, and access to state and local data. It establishes an aligned network of partnerships based on continuous improvement cycles and communication loops.

Oregon continues to engage in the process of developing a cohesive definition of Oregon MTSS and a scope and sequence for training coaches. Initial implementation in ESDs and LEAs will occur during the 2017-2018 school year. Oregon MTSS is aimed at building capacity across the state through a layered approach to support. The diagram below describes this layered approach.

MTSS Training Team

The MTSS Training Team consists of both ODE staff from across offices and other partners identified for their expertise in a range of areas. This team is charged with developing an Oregon definition of MTSS, creating a cohesive scope and sequence for training, reviewing data from a variety of sources to monitor the impact of ongoing training, and refining the provision of support as the project unfolds. Some members will work directly with regional coaches as mentors.

Regional Hubs

Six regional hubs, located in selected ESDs, support the MTSS implementation efforts in a given geographical region through the allocation of a regional coach. This coach will participate in approximately thirty-six days of professional development over four years. Furthermore, this coach is assigned a partner/mentor that will support the coach with approximately fifty-five side-by-side visits and weekly check-ins. The regional coach will work with three LEAs during the first year of implementation and will add one additional LEA in the two subsequent years bringing the total number of LEAs per regional coach to five. Regional coaches will work specifically with LEA leadership teams and LEA coaches to identify needs, develop vision, map resources, and develop plans to further implementation efforts.
State Presonnel Development Grant Regions Map

ESD Selection

The ESD selection process is now complete with the selection of six ESDs in August of 2017, as shown in the diagram below. The selected ESDs are charged with supporting the implementation of multi-tiered system of support framework in their geographic region by hiring and supporting the work of a regional coach. Each regional coach will receive ongoing support through approximately thirty-six days of professional development, fifty-five side-by-side visits with an MTSS Training Team member. The ESDs and their regions are shown in the diagram to the right.





Eighteen LEAs will be selected in the first year based on their desire and capacity to look deeply at their current practices and make changes, if warranted, that will help move them forward in their implementation of a multi-tiered system of support framework. Six additional LEAs will be added in the 2018-2019 school year and a final six will be added in the 2019-2020 school year for a total of thirty LEAs across the state. Each LEA will be allocated funds to support the work of an LEA level coach. The LEA level coach will be supported in their development through partnerships with the regional level coaches and thirty-three days of professional development. 

Application Process

  • All interested LEAs should review the information and application located on this site below.
  • A mandatory online webinar can be viewed by going to the Oregon SPDG website, clicking on the webinar tab, selecting the webinar, and entering in the name and school district of the person viewing the webinar.
  • All completed applications are due no later than 12/8/2017 at 3:00 pm. LEAs should submit their application using the secure file transfer system.
  • Follow-up interviews may be scheduled during the week of 12/11/2017.
  • LEA Notification will occur on 12/20/2017.
  • All participating LEAs will be required to have an LEA coach identified/selected by 1/10/2018.
  • Initial LEA coach training is anticipated to occur in January 25-26, 2018. 

Benefits of Participation

  • Each selected LEA will be given funds to support the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support framework through the work of an LEA level coach.
  • LEA coaches will participate in approximately thirty-three days of professional development over the course of four years. Each LEA coach will also be supported in their development through partnerships with regional level coaches. Regional level coaches will have access to MTSS Training Team members that may be leveraged to provide additional support.
  • MTSS frameworks support educational equity and the use of culturally responsive practices.
  • MTSS frameworks provide a structure that will allow LEAs to analyze their current efforts and organize them in a way that will provide focus and clarity.
Application questions can be directed to:
Jennifer Eklund-Smith
Coherent Strategies SPDG/SSIP Specialist

LEA Application Materials


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