Item Coversheet

Action Item - 2.

Title: Ratification of Acceptance of a Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Special Education, and Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) for ABA staff training and student support services valued at $424,160

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration


The Administration recommends that the Board of Education ratify the acceptance of grant funding by the School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, as follows:


Grants from: Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Special Education, through the  Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)


Purpose: To supplement costs of providing teachers of students with autism and severe language and behavioral deficits with intensive training, consultation, and support in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and to supplement the cost of retaining ABA specialists to directly support students


Grant Start Date: 7/1/2020


Grant End Date: 6/30/2021


Grant for an amount up to: $424,160 


Locations: Samuel Gompers Elementary; Henry Lea Elementary; Thomas Holme Elementary; Stephen Decatur Elementary; J Hampton Moore; Roosevelt Elementary; Andrew Morrison Elementary; Laura Carnell Elementary; George Nebinger Elementary; Martha Washington Elementary; Vare Washington Elementary; Edwin Stanton Elementary; Bridesburg Elementary; Bayard Taylor Elementary; John Hartranft Elementary; High School of the Future; Baldi Middle School; Kenderton Elementary; William Cramp Elementary; Shawmont Elementary; FS Edmonds Elementary; other schools approved by the Office of Academic Support


Description: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a highly effective, research-based and proven method of delivering instruction and support to students with autism. ABA methods are currently used by trained staff throughout the District. To further improve the quality of ABA instruction and services delivered to students, the District applied for and was awarded a grant, in the amount of $424,160, by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (PDE). This one-year grant is a continuation of two prior PDE grants for the same staff training in ABA and ABA student support services.  The grant was awarded by PDE on January 12, 2021, and was made retroactive to cover the 2020-2021 school year beginning July 1, 2020. 


Grant funds will be used to supplement the cost of ABA teacher training and student support services in 51 targeted autistic support elementary school classrooms in 21 schools, benefiting approximately 51 teachers and 345 students.  In addition, grant funding will be used to supplement the cost of providing education and training to parents to encourage continuity of ABA methods with their children at home. The provision of ABA staff training and student support services are aligned with IDEA and with the Board of Education’s goals that the District provide all students with the tools to thrive, succeed, and lead in a global society, that every student reads on or above grade level, and that the District collaborates with parents and families to ensure student readiness and success.


This item is a ratification because the grant was approved by PDE on January 12, 2021, but the start date of the grant was made retroactive to July 1, 2020, in order to supplement the cost and salary of District staff positions supporting and implementing ABA programs, training, and interventions throughout the 2020-2021 school year.


Related Action Items:

December 15, 2016; No. 12

October 17, 2019; No. IU-7

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support