The Education Dept. awards $9.2 million in grants to nine states to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities. States receiving grants are: Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada and Tennessee.
The State Personnel Development Grants Program (CFDA Number: 84.323A) are authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). They provides funds to assist states in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, education and transition services in order to enhance results for children with disabilities.
Under the program, states must partner with a school or school district, a college and either a Parent Training and Information Center, or a Community Parent Resource Center.
Project eligibility is broad and includes recruitment and retention of highly qualified special education teachers; training in how to provide students with disabilities access to the general education curriculum; teacher coaching and mentoring; comprehensive online professional development; and training in increasing reading achievement for students with specific learning disabilities.
“America’s children with disabilities – like their nondisabled peers – deserve a world-class education,” said DoEd Secy. Arne Duncan. “These awards will give states a helping hand to improve their training systems so that special education staff can provide their students with disabilities with the best education possible.”