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Funding for MIBLSI comes from multiple sources.

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative

MIBLSI is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative. IDEA Grant Funded Initiatives receive federal funds allocated by the IDEA that are awarded through the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). This funding supports the MIBLSI training program.

State Personnel Development Grant

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is for professional development for districts and schools to help implement effective practices. MIBLSI uses the funds to provide capacity-building tools and resources for districts that support implementation of MTSS.

School Climate Transformation Grant

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the School Climate Transformation Grant to the MDE to develop local capacity for implementing MTSS for behavior. The MDE uses the grant to provide funding for the PPSC program, which is co-directed by MIBLSI and the MDE, Coordinated School Health and Safety Programs.

OSEP PBIS Center Funds

The OSEP PBIS Center awarded additional funds to MIBLSI to support the School Climate Transformation Grant. MIBLSI uses the funds to help build its own capacity to support ISDs and local districts through the PPSC program.

Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Grant

The OSEP awarded the CEEDAR Grant to the MDE for building collaborative relationships with colleges and universities to support struggling learners. MIBLSI works with the MDE to support struggling learners through partnerships with four universities: Northern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and Sienna Heights University.

Model Demonstration Projects to Improve Adolescent Literacy for Students With Disabilities in Middle and High Schools

The grant, awarded by the OSEP, is for providing professional development to implement activities that are supported by scientifically-based research. The activities must be designed to improve adolescent literacy for students with disabilities in grades 6 through 12. MIBLSI uses the funds to support its pilot project Promoting Adolescent Reading Success (PARS) with four middle schools.

State School Aid Act (Sec. 54b) Funds

The Michigan State School Aid Act allocates funding for MIBLSI to pilot a program that will develop, enhance, and expand statewide systems of support for intermediate school districts and schools implementing an evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

This funding is provided, in part, as an outcome of the recommendations of a special education reform task force. The pilot program, named the PBIS Intensive Support Project, will partner with at least three intermediate school districts to ensure that MIBLSI can be implemented statewide with fidelity and sustainability.

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