Professional Development for Excellence in Education
To reform and improve pre-service personnel preparation and in-service professional development systems to improve knowledge and skills of general and special education teachers, early intervention personnel, related services personnel, paraprofessionals and administrators in designing, delivering and evaluating scientifically-based practices in two areas:
- Response to Intervention (RtI) systems of
- Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), and
- Literacy instruction; and
- Tertiary transition supports for students with emotional/behavioral disorders at middle and high schools
The NH-Department of Education was awarded a 5-year $3.85 million State Personnel Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The State will receive $770,000 each year for five years.
Primary partners in the initiative are the NHD Department of Education, NH CEBIS and the UNH Institute on Disability along with several institutions of higher education.
- Provide relevant and meanigful professional development activities in Response to Intervention approaches to literacy and behavior
- Promote recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers with experience in RtI
- Improve quality of education personnel
- Reform special education and regular education teacher certification, recertification, and licensing requirements
- Assist LEAs to serve children with disabilities through development and use of intensive professional development programs
Selection of Demonstration Sites
Five SAU's will be selected as demonstration sites for 3-4 years of professional development and technical assistance in implementing an integrated RTI approach to behavior, literacy and (for high schools) secondary transition. Each demonstration SAU will specify two schools and a preschool to receive such assistance. The application must be submitted by June 16, 2008 for consideration. All interested SAU's must schedule an overview presentation with the full faculty of the first applicant school, and the application requires that 80% or more of the full faculty votes in favor of the initiative. To schedule an overview presentation contact Amy Jenks as soon as possible.