SASED has a 30 year history of expertise and experience in supporting large statewide grant projects.  Most recently we have acted as the fiscal and operating agent for the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC) which is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education using Federal IDEA Part B discretionary grant dollars.  The ISTAC supports work with special populations through the promotion of district-wide prevention and wellness, a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and school partnerships with family and community stakeholders.  The ISTAC facilitates the development of sustainable district-level systems by empowering leadership to implement evidence-based practices, with a focus on students with disabilities (ages 3 through 21) in order to improve outcomes for ALL students. The ISTAC provides professional development and technical assistance supports across the state. 

SASED also acts as the administrative/fiscal agent for other ISBE grant initiatives.  They are as follows: 

  • Project Early CHOICES
  • Educational Surrogate Parent Training Program
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, IL- AWARE (SAMHSA: IL-AWARE)
  • Preschool Development (Award of Excellence)
  • Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD)
  • Transition Specialist Program
  • Secondary Transitional Experience Program
After the absorption of the Illinois PBIS Network staff and resources into the ISTAC, SASED was invited to collaborate with the University of Oregon and others to create the Midwest PBIS Network. The new organization not only receives funding from the national PBIS Research Center at the University, but through SASED’s successful collaboration with its principals on the writing of a national research grant, it also receives funding under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education.  The following are additional grants that SASED administers on behalf of the Midwest PBIS Network:
  • University of Oregon Priority 1 (National PBIS Forum)
  • University of Oregon Priority 2 (PBIS and MTSS Technical Assistance to SEA of Wisconsin and funded LEA’s in Kentucky, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania)
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior (MTSSB) funded through MDRC/US Dept. of Ed.
  • Warren Township Race to the Top Federal Grant
  • University of Vermont, Renew
  • University of South Carolina Interconnected Systems Framework Grant/National Institute of Justice