Maryland was awarded a U.S. Department of Education, State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). The overarching goal of this SPDG grant is to improve academic outcomes for students with disabilities in pre-K through Grade 6.  Maryland will use SPDG funds to accomplish three major goals by providing professional development at the State, district, and school levels in three local school systems.

  • Goal 1: Build capacity through increased use of data-informed decision making and implementation science by State, local, and school leaders.
  • Goal 2: Increase use of evidence-based practices in early and elementary math instruction based on Common Core State Standards.
  • Goal 3: Increase parent involvement in educational decision making and instruction.

To accomplish these goals, the State is applying the principles of implementation science to implement, sustain, and scale-up strategies including Maryland college and career readiness standards, evidence-based research on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Student Teams – Achievement Divisions (STAD) Math, data-informed decision making using the TAP-IT model; all of which have been shown to improve teacher practices in math instruction.