What Participants are Saying about SPDG

“Thank you, very much, for this opportunity. I know that our practices around intervention and behavior have much improved. We have integrated what we learned during our 2.5 years into our regular practice and it is making a difference in student learning. For areas that we have not yet demonstrated as much growth, we know have a way to close gaps. I am appreciative and grateful for this experience.”

Alice Jones, Principal, Woodbury Middle School, RSD #14

“CT SPDG provided excellent training in understanding and implementing PBIS. I see this as the greatest strength of the grant for us. The second most effective aspect of the grant has been the use of the ECI forms to monitor student progress. This has provided a vehicle to focus our interventions and move students forward as evidenced by our data. In addition, the insights into literacy, standards-based IEPs, effectiveness of IEPs over time, and a frank look at the way in which we interact with families and our community all helped us to reflect on our work and day to day actions.”

Lynn Fichtel, Principal, Consolidated School, New Fairfield

“The training and activities puts all of our goals into focus both for a safe school climate and for a rigorous academic offering. It provides the structure and focus on providing an appropriate program for all students and reaches the needs of the whole child, academically, behaviorally, socially, and physically.”

Participating Principal

Family Resources

What is CT SPDG?

SPDG is an acronym for State Personnel Development Grant. It is a grant from the U.S. federal government available to states to use in their respective educational systems. Different states are implementing their grants in different ways. This website contains information on how Connecticut is implementing the grant. In a nutshell, the grant enables the state of Connecticut to provide training to teachers and school administrators with the goal of providing equal educational opportunities to all students. In particular the goals are to increase literacy achievement among students with disabilities, students of color, and students with limited English proficiency.

As a parent, you are likely the most important influence in your child’s success in school.  

Want to see what’s going on with Connecticut’s SPDG?  You have come to the right place!  See what’s new, and what schools are participating in this year’s CT SPDG.  Check out our sister websites and learn about PBIS, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Connecticut’s schools.  And discover all the resources available to you at CT PIRC, the Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center.  Years of research shows that when parents are involved, children have higher grades, better school attendance, higher self-esteem, and greater enrollment rates in College and post high school education.

New Resources:

Improving Student Behavior and School Discipline with Family and Community Involvement. This study reports the results of efforts of school officials to implement family and community involvement activities to reduce the number of disciplinary actions and to ensure a school climate focused on learning. PDF Download (131 kb)

Parent Toolkit This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage. http://parenttoolkit.com (external link)

Help My Child ReadEditor’s Picks from the U.S. Department of Education. http://www2.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/edpicks.jhtml (external link)


Previous Updates and Resources:

Research: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement

SRBI Resources

Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center website

Learn more about PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) in Connecticut

Participating Schools