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Subject: Special Education Improvement Grants
Source: Julia LePage, Interim Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Process Coordinators, Special Education Teachers

Date: September 17, 2007

The Division of Special Education is extending invitations for public school districts (including public charter schools) to apply for Special Education Improvement Grants. These grants are competitive and only a limited number of grants will be funded. Grant awards (ranging from $15,000-$75,000) will vary according to district size and funding may be available for up to a period of three years contingent upon fidelity of implementation and evidence of appropriate progress monitoring. Topic areas for improvement are Elementary Achievement and Post-Secondary Transition. The awarded monies must be primarily used for professional development. This is an excellent opportunity for districts to gain funds to provide access to trainings enabling implementation of various evidence-based practices, including three-tiered models such as Response to Intervention (RtI) approaches, School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS), and Professional Learning Communities (PLC). A list of approvable programs will be provided for these competitive grants.

Applications will be required in the form of an Improvement Plan submitted through the web-based system IMACS. Regional Improvement Planning trainings have been scheduled and are posted at:  http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/training.html. These trainings will be offered between October and December 2007. It is strongly recommended that districts intending to apply for a grant attend a training session. Letters of intent to apply will be required by January 7, 2008. The deadline for application submission is March 3, 2008, 5:00 p.m.

A grant packet including all pertinent information regarding application guidelines and processes is posted at http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/EffectivePractices/PDF/Grantinfo07.pdf.  Scroll down completely to gain access to all available information.

Please contact the Effective Practices Section at 573-751-0187 with any questions regarding this grant program.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email:  webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov
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