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Application Opportunity to Leverage State Personnel Development Grant Funds in Support of ESSA

Application Opportunity to Leverage State Personnel Development Grant Funds in Support of ESSA Cohort 3 Application Period Open April 1, 2019 - May 10,2019

The State Personnel Development Grant provides funds to districts to support implementation of evidence-based practices within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), the Oregon Integrated Systems (ORIS) Framework. Selected districts receive funds to support implementation of the framework, utilizing a district-identified coach that works with up to four schools.

Grant Activities

The initial focus of the grant is to lay the groundwork for successful implementation of a focused, priority driven strategic plan. After an initial orientation, districts engage in a comprehensive needs assessment process that is part of the continuous improvement process outlined in executive memo 007-2017-18. As a part of this needs assessment process, schools receiving SPDG supports annually evaluate school system health using the Oregon Integrated Systems Framework (ORIS) Needs assessment Tool. This work culminates in the creation school and district aligned strategic plans. Grant activities including strategic planning will also meet Agency expectations for districts identified under ESSA accountability supports for Title 1 school plans. When planning is complete, attention turns to implementation with the support of the LEA and regional coach.

Throughout the grant, districts will select and maintain a coach that will receive ongoing, in-person professional development in best practices for implementation and coaching, as well as online, strand-specific content around topics such as behavior, literacy, chronic absenteeism, etc. Technical assistance will be job embedded through partnership with regional and state level supports.

Grant Funds

Funds support district coaching activities related to implementing a multi-tiered system of supports (ORIS.)

  • Grant funding (.2FTE) through 2021
  • High-quality professional learning for coaches
  • LEA coaches will be supported by ESDs through partnership with a regional MTSS (ORIS) coach
  • State liaisons provide technical assistance and supports
  • Grant activities aligned to Oregon’s district and school continuous improvement process
  • 2019-2020 School Year: $19,859
  • 2020-2021 School Year: $20,261

Eligible Participants

  • Districts seeking to implement or refine evidence-based practices within a multi-tiered system of support
  • Districts committed to supporting implementation/instructional coaching at elementary or middle schools
  • Districts willing to engage in ongoing partnership with regional level MTSS (ORIS) coach to support implementation activities

Application Process

Five Steps to Apply

  1. Watch the webinar
  2. District Superintendent signs the letter of intent to apply and returns to Jennifer Eklund-Smith at via ODE secure file transfer by April 26, 2019 3:00 PM
  3. Convene a team and complete the application packet, available below
  4. Return the application packet via secure file transfer to Jennifer Eklund-Smith at by May 10, 2019 3:00PM
  5. Applicant will receive a receipt of application from both the secure file transfer process and from Jennifer

Application Timeline


Application Materials

Required Webinar Viewing Information

SPDG Cohort 3 Informational Webinar

Thu, Apr 11, 2019 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM PDT

SPDG Cohort 3 Informational Webinar #2

Mon, Apr 22, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

SPDG Cohort 3 Application Webinar Opportunity #3

Watch recorded webinar at after April 11. Please enter your name and district when prompted.

For Application Questions, Contact

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

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