100% of funding ($1,975,000/year)
is from federal sources.


Illinois' State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) is a five-year federal grant that the U.S. Department of Education awarded to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in October 2010. Its purpose is to scale up implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), commonly known as response to intervention (RtI), statewide. The primary, overarching goal of the Illinois SPDG is to:

Scale up implementation of a coordinated, statewide system of personnel development that will increase the capacity of school systems to establish and implement a multi-tiered model of scientific, research-based instruction, intervention, and assessment to improve the progress and performance of all students in grades K-12, including those with disabilities.

ISBE operates the Illinois SPDG via funding issued to the Lee/Ogle Regional Office of Education (ROE) 47, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), and the state’s two federally-funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers. There are three key components/projects of the Illinois SPDG, plus external evaluation, as discussed below.

  • Illinois RtI (I-RtI) Network (administered under Lee/Ogle ROE 47):  The largest component of the SPDG that works to improve the learning and performance of all students in grades K-12 by building the capacity of Illinois public school districts and schools to develop, use, and sustain a multi-tiered system of research-based curricula, instruction, intervention, and assessment.  This work involves the delivery of high quality professional development consisting of training, technical assistance, and coaching.

  • Illinois Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) Partnership (administered through SIUE):  Works with participating universities with educator preparation programs to:
    • Facilitate incorporation of critical RtI content into undergraduate and graduate educator and administrator pre-service program curricula,
    • Increase options for undergraduate and graduate student field experiences in school sites where RtI practices are in place and implemented with integrity, and
    • Forge collaborative relationships with Illinois school districts to facilitate the placement of highly qualified general and special education teachers in low performing districts with high populations of students from low income backgrounds.

  • Parent and Family Engagement (implemented, in part, through the Illinois PTI Centers and the Illinois Parent and Educator Partnership):  Involves working with parents and families of school-age children to support the engagement of parents in their children’s educational process, particularly with regard to research-based academic interventions. The activities for parent and family engagement are integrated within the work of the I-RtI Network.

  • External Project Evaluation:  Being carried by the evaluation team at Illinois State University and involves comprehensive evaluation of all three of the preceding Illinois SPDG components/projects.