California’s State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

Raising Educational Achievement for students with Disabilities

The California Department of Education, Special Education Division applied for and received an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG 2) in August 2012. California’s Project READ, the new five year grant beginning July 2013 focuses on improving reading achievement and academic performance for middle school students in 44 competitively selected middle school sites. adobe pdf (66kb) | HTML

Purpose

The purpose of Project READ, a unique, collaborative, evidence-based project targeting personnel development (PD), is to increase the reading achievement and academic outcomes of middle school students with disabilities from low-performing middle schools throughout California. Project READ’s high quality design, product development, and PD activity components are based on identified needs, current Implementation Science research, Adult Learning theories, state-of-the-art evaluation tools, and accessible technology. To ensure fidelity, READ incorporates a continuous assessment and comprehensive evaluation system to achieve the project’s proposed outcomes and activities.

 

School sites will receive continuous (March 1, 2014 – June 30, 2018) technical assistance and support for the teaching of reading through:

  • Aligning English Language Arts/English Language Development/Special Education curriculum to the Common Core State Standards Reading Standards. School site staff will meet as a team to complete this internal work.
  • IRIS Center online content for single subjects of ELA/Reading teachers and content area teachers (history-social science and science). Project READ has partnered with the IRIS Center to development two comprehensive online modules that will be completed by teachers and supported with two, half-day follow-up trainings provided by the School Site Coach and lead administrator.
  • School Site Coaches selected, trained, and paid by Project READ and provided to the awarded school site. The coach will deliver between 7-12 days of on-site coaching and training to teachers, administrators, and the Site Implementation Teams at each school. Coaches participate in an annual 1.5 day training plus four, 2-hour quarterly Webinar trainings, access to technical assistance via an online “Coaches Corner.”
  • Leadership Academy supporting the site administrators and lead teachers. Project READ has partnered with the IRIS Center to provide seven trainings in years 2 – 5 of the program, to two administrators and one teacher from each school site. Three of these trainings are face-to-face and four are live Webinars.
  • Scholastic Adaptive Reading Software will be purchased, installed, and implemented. Funds from Project READ will be provided to do so and will include on-site training for staff in using the software and how successful applicants should prepare for this service.
  • Data Focus to monitor improvement, outcomes, and teacher professional development needs. In addition to the automated reports generated by the Scholastic Software, sites will purchase FileMaker Pro using Project READ funds and operate Site Academic Meta Measure (SAMM) to review necessary data.
  • Parent/family Workshops focused on students’ reading will be delivered by the local Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) twice per year.
  • Online Community Network Space for shared learning, networking, and information sharing.
  • School Site Implementation Teams includes seven staff that meet once per month to oversee the work.
  • Exemplar Sites, a model demonstration site program in the final year of the program.
  • Regional Institutes sharing the work of the project in the final year of the program.

Scope Of The Work

California’s Project READ middle school sites commit to the full five years of grant implementation and complete the following activities:

Project READ program delivery years:

Year 1 March 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 (4 months)
Year 2 July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Year 3 July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Year 4 July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Year 5 July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

1

English Language Arts Curriculum Review Meeting to align with the Common Core Standards

X

 

 

 

 

2

Social Studies/Science Curriculum Review Meeting to align with the Common Core Standards

X

 

 

 

 

3

Purchase Scholastic Software and install based on the year, of the 5-year program, you qualify to do so

X

X

X

X

X

4

Train staff and implement use of Scholastic Software

X

X

X

X

X

5

Purchase and install FileMaker Pro and implement use of SAMM statistical data software

X

 

 

 

 

6

IRIS online module completion for English teachers

 

X

 

 

 

7

IRIS online module completion for content teachers

 

 

X

 

 

8

Complete 7, half-day Leadership Academy trainings

 

X

X

X

X

9

Sponsor with PTI partner to deliver two parent/family workshops

 

X

X

X

X

10

Establish and sustain a School Implementation Team

 

X

X

X

X

11

School Site Coach delivers services on site

X

X

X

X

X

12

Site team participates in Regional Institute

 

 

 

 

X

13

Voluntary participation in the Exemplar Site selection

 

 

 

 

X

14

Participate in all required evaluation and data collection activities

X

X

X

X

X

15

Participate in the California Project READ online community of learners

X

X

X

X

X

 

For more information please contact Project Coordinator, Marin Brown at 707-481-9139 or marin.brown@calstat.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 10/30/2014

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas That Work

California Department of Education, Special Education Division’s special project, California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) is funded through a contract with the Napa County Office of Education. CalSTAT is partially funded from federal funds, State Grants, #H027A080116A, provided from the U.S. Department of Education Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Additional federal funds are provided from a federal competitively awarded State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) to California, #H323A070019, provided from the U.S. Department of Education Part D of the IDEA. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U. S. Department of Education.