The Office of Public Instruction has been awarded a $750,000 annual grant for the next five years to continue improving professional development systems that help Montana students with disabilities.
The competitive grant was awarded to nine states by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the fifth time Montana has received this grant.
“It’s important that students with disabilities have the same opportunities as their peers,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. “An infusion of funding will mean more Montana schools will be equipped with providing a high-quality education for all students.”
The OPI will focus its State Personnel Development Grant toward implementing multi-tiered systems of support, which address the academic and behavioral needs of all students, in some of Montana’s smallest rural schools. The agency plans to recruit schools with fewer than 150 students. These schools are often without full-time specialists or counselors.
The grant will also scale-up efforts in schools that are currently using a variety of tools to support the needs of all students, and those who need more intensive and individualized support.
Schools will be eligible to apply for the grant funding this fall.