In February, the WVDE and the Office of Special Education (OSE) submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Education for a proposed $2.2 million grant over a three-year period. The application was integrated as part of the OSE’s State Improvement Plan, the strategic plan for the West Virginia Achieves. The WVDE was recently notified that it would receive $837,000 for the first year of the project.
The West Virginia State Improvement Grant (WV SIG) will focus on improving results for students with disabilities in reading and mathematics. The project also will increase the capacity of local education agencies (LEA) and institutions of higher educations (IHE) to provide professional development for teachers in effective reading and mathematics instruction and to collaborate effectively with each other.
“This grant will allow us to move forward in providing an exceptional education to all West Virginia children,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart.
The grant will be disseminated on a competitive basis to LEAs and IHEs through a Request For Proposal process. A total of 55 grants will be awarded to LEAs and seven will be awarded to IHEs. A portion of the grant will be made available to the WV Parent Training and Information (PTI) centers, which will develop parent-training modules in collaboration with other parent agencies.
Eligible subgrant applicants (LEAs, IHEs, and PTIs) will be invited to attend a bidders’ conference that will inform the participants of the availability of these grants, provide technical assistance in preparing the applications and focus on the research pertaining to effective instruction in reading and mathematics, among others. The WVDE will host the conference, which is planned for August.
For more information about the grant or for the bidders’ conference, contact the Office of Special Education at (304) 558-2696.