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IDEA Part B Discretionary Grant Priorities

A. General/Special Education

The projects funded under this priority will eliminate barriers to service delivery and foster shared responsibility for all learners. Efforts will be favored which investigate more flexible service delivery systems and supportive policies and promote collaboration between regular and special education. Inclusion grants were submitted under priority D listed below.

B. Partnerships

There is a continuing need for parents of children with disabilities to attain and secure their status as partners with school personnel in the decision-making process concerning their children's special education program. Families need access to training and support to be effective advocates for their children. Through projects submitted under this priority, the department hopes to nurture the evolution of a network to improve communication and information exchange between and among families, advocacy groups, schools, and other agencies.

C. Personnel Preparation

The department is responsible for creating, maintaining, and evaluating a comprehensive system of personnel development (CSPD) to ensure all personnel who carry out the purpose of IDEA and Wisconsin law are qualified. The department funds projects that facilitate change in general and special education including development of teachers, support personnel, parents, and other professionals to improve services to children with disabilities.

D. Service Delivery

There is a need to ensure that service delivery is driven by the IEP. The goal is to value the IEP as a functional instrument and a useful process by making the necessary changes to ensure that service delivery is IEP-driven. This may be accomplished through IEP training for special and regular educators and parents to refocus on the needs of each child. The department will fund innovative projects for service delivery, specifically inclusion models.

E. Technology, to Include Assistive Technology

The department has coordinated and funded a statewide initiative to make assistive technology devices and services more available to children with disabilities. The nucleus of this effort is training designed to provide an extensive range of learning opportunities for service providers, families and administrators in Wisconsin. A corollary effort is to make available a collection of resources including equipment, videos, books, newsletter and journal articles and other developed resource materials.

F. Transition

The development of transition systems ensures the smooth and efficient movement of young children and older students among the various systems which service them. Discretionary projects will be considered which focus on: 1) models for transition planning conferences; 2) development of written transition plans; 3) strategies to enhance parent partnerships; and/or 4) transition procedures that collaborate with Head Start and/or child care when children are already attending or may benefit from these programs. Discretionary transition projects which focus on students age 14 and above will be considered for funding in the following areas: collection of and program modification based upon exited students¿ follow-up information; application of strategies that improve parent and student participation and leadership in the IEP transition planning process; practices to improve community agency participation, collaboration and shared ownership in IEP transition planning and services.

Three additional priorities were created to cover some specific types of grants

S--refers to grants under Project SELECT
M--is for projects submitted by Milwaukee Public Schools
Y is for some unique statewide grants.

For questions about this information, contact DPI Sped Team (608) 266-1781