State Personnel Development Grant
The Minnesota Department of Education, Special Education Division has received a new federally funded $5.5 million, five-year State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). This grant will provide pre-service and in-service training initiatives for Minnesota educators in special education. The grant will focus on the disparities within special education, share resources and expertise via technology, implement staff development to meet individual needs, and support the understanding that the most effective personnel development can come both from within, and, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), higher education partners and/or national experts and centers.

The SPDG includes several distinct projects designed to achieve two goals:

Goal 1: To improve educational results for children and youth with disabilities from diverse communities through the delivery of effective high-quality instruction.

Goal 2: To ensure the recruitment, hiring, and retention of a diverse highly qualified special education workforce.

Read about the projects and activities for these two goals.