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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Improvement Grants/Special Education Grants

Source: Martha Leader, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Special Education Administrators, Building Administrators and staff

Date: April 2, 2010

Last fall, the Division of Special Education extended an invitation for public school districts (including public charter schools) to apply for two million dollars in competitive improvement grants.  The grant proposals were to primarily cover for professional development in the area of systems change and implementation of three-tiered models of intervention with evidence-based instructional practices in academic and/or behavioral areas or proposed implementation of evidence-based programs for Post Secondary Transition, including dropout prevention and recovery programs.  The deadline for submission was March 1, 2010.

A total of 195 applications were submitted for elementary achievement and post-secondary transition totaling $3,502,487.  Those grant applications were then scored and ranked by reviewers, who included consultants from the Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs) as well as staff members in our Division.  We really appreciate the hard work of all to process these quickly and fairly.

We are happy to report that 75 elementary achievement and 45 post-secondary transition grants were awarded to school districts this week.  A list of districts receiving awards can be found at:

http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/EffectivePractices/ImprovementPlan.htm.