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10. Alignment of personnel development plans.
The application [for a state personnel development grant] shall include a plan that identifies and addresses state and local needs for preparation and professional development of personnel, as well as individuals who provide direct supplementary aids and services to children with disabilities, and that … is integrated and aligned, to the maximum extent possible, with state plans and activities under ESEA, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Higher Education Act of 1965. [653(a)(2)(C) of IDEA]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. How can the perceptions about training needs by become better aligned with the perceptions of the state education agency?

  2. Who should be involved in determining what the training needs of teachers, related service providers, and support staff are?

  3. What role might families play in the professional development of school staff/

  4. What special training needs do families have?

Application Questions

  1. Who should be involved in determining the nature and design of personnel development to ensure it reflects best practices?

  2. Is there consensus about what constitutes best practices?

  3. How might staff development plans better reflect best practices?

  4. How might staff development plans bring special and general educators together around instruction?

  5. How might the staff in alternative programs be included in staff development and accountability plans?

  6. Why do you think that IDEA 2004 change to a state grant application for personnel development as opposed to state formula funding?

  7. How might the nature of personnel development change as a result of these provisions to access dollars?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Family Member / University Faculty
    Location: Florida

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Michigan

    Role: State Policymaker
    Location: Maryland

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Florida

    Role: Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: District of Columbia

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Delaware

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Virginia