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5/23/2018

SPDG 2.0 Districts Named

Congratulations to the new districts named in the State Personnel Development Grant for 2018-2019. After a rigorous application process, twenty districts were selected from across the state of Tennessee for the K-12 training and grant. These districts will begin their journey this June at the train the trainer event. In addition to being selected for K-12, many were also chosen for the first year of early childhood professional development as well as some additional districts notated below:

K-12

Pre-school

District Name

Region

District Name

Region

Lakeland School System

SW

Lakeland School System

SW

Bells City School

NW

Bells City School

NW

Lincoln County Schools

SC

Lincoln County Schools

SC

Chester County

SW

Chester County

SW

Cocke County School System

FT

Cocke County School System

FT

Bedford County

SC

Bedford County

SC

Cheatham County

MC

Cheatham County

MC

Marion County

SE

Marion County

SE

Milan Special School District

NW

Milan Special School District

NW

Henry County School System

NW

Henry County School System

NW

Kingsport City Schools

FT

Kingsport City Schools

FT

Houston County

MC

Houston County

MC

Sumner County

MC

Haywood County Schools

SW

Wilson County

MC

Loudon County School District

E

Jefferson County

E

Morgan County Schools

E

Benton County

NW

 

 

Unicoi County

FT

 

 

Fayette County

SW

 

 

Oneida Special School District

E

 

 

Washington County

FT

 

 

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4/10/2018

SPDG 2.0 New Supervisor's Webinar


A webinar was held on April 10, 2018 for our new SPDG 2.0 districts, and it provided information for both the K-12 and Early Childhood initiatives for the next two years.

The agenda for the webinar was as follows:

  • 2.0 for K-12
    • Professional development
      • Structure
      • Timelines
    • Facilitator and school selections
    • Communication and Support
    • Next Steps
  • Incentive Funds for K-12 and Early Childhood
    • 2.0 for Early Childhood
    • Timeline and calendar considerations
    • Cohort collaboration (in-person)
  • Communication and Support
  • Participant questions

View the webinar recording online here.

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3/9/2018

Newly Posted: Three Strand 2 Resources

Three TN SPDG resources to support Special Education as the Most Intensive Intervention (Strand 2) are now available on the tnspdg.com.

  1. The Strand 2 Intervention Observation Rubric outlines the core elements of a quality intensive intervention. Administrators and instructors can use this rubric:
    • as an observation tool to measure the extent to which the elements of quality intervention techniques are incorporated.
    •  as a part of evaluation activity measuring progress toward incorporating the elements quality intervention techniques.
    • for training or informational purposes with staff or parents. • as a guide within a coaching relationship.
    • as a tool to oversee peer review activity using the tool.

  2. The Quicksheets for the Strand 2 Intervention Observation Rubric explain each element of the rubric and give things to “look for” when using the rubric. Some of the elements may require a pre or post interview to gather additional information.

  3. The Reading Resources: Assessments to Inform Present Levels gives guidance on proper selection and use of reading assessments and guides the user toward higher quality IEP Present Levels of Educational Performance.

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2/19/2018

SPDG Strand 2, Part 2, Train the Trainer Event

On February 4 -5, SPDG Facilitators and Supervisors were immersed in Part 2 of SPDG Strand 2, Special Education: The Most Intensive Intervention. Provided by Kate Martin, Executive Director, Division of Special Populations, this powerful training offered an additional opportunity to actively learn how to effectively intervene to remove barriers and obstacles to learning for all students. The wordle at right is a compilation of the participants’ feedback about this engaging and empowering training event.

Facilitators will redeliver this training in their districts during Spring 2018. You can see a list of participating school districts, facilitators, supervisors and interventionists here.

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2/16/2018

Special Session with Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson for SPDG Participants at the 2018 PIE Conference

At PIE 2018, current State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) districts had the privilege of spending the afternoon with Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson. She eloquently reminded us about the "why" of differentiation and about what it takes to reach a child by creating ties.

Linked below, Dr. Tomlinson has graciously shared several of her presentation slides.
Listen to What the Kids Say: Knowing and Serving the Students we Teach

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2/2/2018

STEP Article: Family Engagement

Family Engagement in Every School is a short article outlining why family engagement is such an important element in the education process, as well as how, together, schools and families can help students achieve their best outcomes.

Thanks to our Support and training for Exceptional Parents (STEP) partners for posting this great family resource!

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1/23/2018

Announcing: TN SPDG Video Resources on YouTube

We are proud to announce the launch of the TN SPDG Media Resources channel on YouTube.

Featuring Tennessee K-12 students, these 5-8 minute videos provide teacher interviews and classroom demonstrations of high-quality teaching and differentiated instruction.

We encourage educators to use these videos for their own professional development, discussions with parents, or staff training.
 
Current playlists include Best Practice Strategies and Access to Core Instruction  with videos on these topics:
- Small Group Differentiation in Middle School
 -The Jigsaw Strategy (Middle School)
 - Inclusive classrooms in Tennessee (Elementary School)
 - Differentiation in the classroom via Multiple Intelligences Inventory (Elementary School)

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1/12/2018

Newly Posted: Differentiated Instruction Rubric and Differentiation Quicksheets

Two TN SPDG resources to support differentiated Instruction (Strand 1) are now available on the tnspdg.com.

The Differentiation Inventory: Classroom Observation Rubric outlines the core elements of a quality differentiated classroom environment. Administrators and instructors can use this rubric:

  • as an observation tool to measure the extent to which the elements of a quality differentiated classroom are incorporated into the classroom environment.
  • as a part of evaluation activity measuring progress toward incorporating the elements quality differentiated classroom.
  • for training or informational purposes with staff or parents.
  • as a guide within a coaching relationship between teachers
  • as a tool to oversee peer review activity using the tool.

The Differentiation Quicksheets explain each element of the Differentiation rubric and give things to “look for” when using the rubric. Some of the elements may require a pre or post interview to gather additional information.

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11/2/2017

Update on the Alternate Academic Diploma option in Tennessee

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has made available to states a diploma option for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are assessed on the alternate assessment. In order to take advantage of this option, the Tennessee Department of Education proposed the adoption of an alternate academic diploma at the October State Board of Education meeting.

Opportunity to provide feedback: To learn more about the requirement to earn an alternate academic diploma, what is being proposed, and how to provide your feedback on the Alternate Academic Diploma visit this link http://www.tnstep.org/news/?id=619

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10/3/2017

Parent and Community Engagement - Hawkins County Schools

The first Parent and Community Engagement sessions with our partners, STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents), TN began in East TN.

Hosted by Hawkins County Schools, East TN Special Education Interventionist Rob Taylor and STEP - TN Executive Director Karen Harrison partnered to host morning and evening sessions for small but highly-engaged groups of parents of exceptional students and invested community members. Participants discussed how to increase inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities, practical strategies for increasing student engagement through different approaches to instruction, and user-friendly methods for parents to communicate their student’s strengths, needs, and learning styles to teachers and support staff. See event flyer.

Feedback for these sessions was overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to providing additional sessions upon district request!  Contact your regional SPDG Interventionist for more information.

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