IDEA Grant Funded Initiatives

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education (OSE) established various Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiatives to enhance its support for special education in Michigan. IDEA Grant Funded Initiatives are funded by IDEA Part B and are awarded through the OSE.

IDEA Grant Funded Initiatives provide statewide assistance in advancing evidence-based practices to support diverse learners. Each initiative addresses different needs identified through state or federal mandates and stakeholder-based concerns.

IDEA Grant Funded Initiatives support a variety of stakeholders, including school districts and families of students with disabilities. Some examples of support include:

  • Providing professional development and training.
  • Implementing proven programs in schools.
  • Producing or loaning materials for students.
  • Disseminating critical guidance and information.

Center for Educational Networking
The Center for Educational Networking (CEN) supports the OSE and its IDEA Grant Funded Initiatives to effectively communicate with audiences who support students with disabilities. CEN adheres to principles of strategic communication planning. Efforts are organized around document and information services, web and technology services, event management, and facilitation.

Continuous Improvement & Monitoring Systems (CIMS)
The Continuous Improvement and Monitoring System (CIMS) is Michigan's monitoring system designed to support districts in meeting their obligations to fulfill compliance with the IDEA and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE). The CIMS is managed by the OSE, Performance Reporting Unit.

Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Alliance for Families works through regional sites that offer individual support, mentoring, and learning opportunities for parents of children with disabilities. Education partners and parent mentors are available to deliver supports and services to parents in their area.

Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi)
Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSI) helps districts implement an integrated behavior and reading Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in its schools. The MTSS helps students become better readers and use appropriate behavior, which results in increased student success in the school and the community.

Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS)
Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) works to eliminate barriers in the educational environment through assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and the framework of universal design for learning. MITS has an extensive library of assistive technologies available for trial use in Michigan's public schools.

Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative
Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative (MI)2 identifies and promotes proven practices for teaching math to students who struggle with learning. (MI)2 is creating a statewide network of trained facilitators and practitioners to provide professional development for these practices.

Michigan Special Education Mediation Program
The Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP) provides trained, neutral facilitators to assist with individualized family service plan (IFSP) meetings, IEP team meetings, and resolution sessions. MSEMP also offers various workshops on special education related topics, including conflict resolution.

Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START)
The Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) supports the education and transition needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). START provides technical assistance, including year-long intensive training, at the district level to implement best practices for students with ASD.