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