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Snoqualmie Valley Awarded OSPI Grant to Support Inclusionary Practices

 

The Snoqualmie Valley School District applied for and was recently awarded an Inclusionary Practices Project Grant for $263,039, from the Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  This was a significant increase in the amount awarded to our district this year, up from $24,000 in 2019.

 

“We are thrilled to receive this funding for additional resources to strengthen our inclusionary practices, training, assistance technologies, and curriculum implementation. Our district has committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work and began discussions with stakeholders this September to define our DEI-focus mission and vision and explore how we can improve our programs through a DEI lens. This Inclusionary Practice grant will support the work we have embarked upon to increase access to learning for all students,” explained SVSD Executive Director of Student Services Nicole Fitch.  

 

Specifically, this grant will provide resources aimed at improving students’ access to general education with age appropriate peers, as follows:

  • Two instructional coaches to focus on inclusionary practices at elementary and secondary levels.
  • Coach training on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model.
  • Assistive technology (Phonak Audiology Systems) for students who have hearing loss or deafness to help access remote learning.
  • New literacy curriculum for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students at elementary.
  • Racial Equity Consultant to support with creating and implementing staff training for a racial equity tool to use with our intervention and referral process in special education.

 

Fitch added, “To increase our inclusionary practices that support students in least restrictive learning environments (LRE), our educators will benefit from this training and coaching on UDL, differentiation, and how to incorporate the use of technology and assistive technology to provide access for students to core curriculum.  We applied for this grant to support continuous improvement and shared ownership of all students in the general education environment.”