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Vol. 46, No. 36
May 10, 2012


Special Education Improvement Grants Awarded

Funding to support positive instruction strategies in the classroom

Ninety-eight school districts were awarded approximately $2.03 million through 133 Special Education Improvement Grants to fund professional development opportunities focusing on positive instruction strategies in the classroom.

"These federal grant dollars will help support effective educators across the state and will benefit not just children with disabilities, but all students in the classroom," said Stephen Barr, assistant commissioner for the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Seventy-three elementary achievement (EA) grants, with a total amount of $1,114,770.10, were awarded and are to be used primarily for kindergarten through fifth-grade learning strategies. In addition, 60 postsecondary transition (PST) grants, total amount of $915,537.36, were awarded with the intent to be used at the middle and high school grade levels. A complete list of grant recipients can be found on the Department's website.

The Department received 177 letters of intent for the competitive grants. Priority was given to applicants whose plan for fund implementation focused on models of intervention with evidence-based instructional practices in academics and/or behavioral areas. Additional focus areas were considered, such as whether or not a school is classified as a Professional Learning Community (PLC). Grant amounts were awarded based upon the enrollment size of the school district.

In 2011, a total of 127 grants were awarded with a total amount of over $2.027 million.