Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS)

Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) is an application process for districts and charter schools to apply for state special education aid. The purpose of ADSIS is to provide instruction to assist students who need additional academic or behavioral support to succeed in the general education environment. The goal is to reduce the number of inappropriate referrals to special education by providing supports early to struggling students. Districts are expected to align the ADSIS program within their existing continuum of supports, collect data as specified in the application, and submit evaluation information to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) each year to determine program impact.

Eligible applicants are Minnesota public school districts and charter schools that provide direct services to K-12 students and preschool students who are part of district programs that generate general education revenue. Cooperatives, education districts and intermediate school districts may not apply on behalf of member districts.

Each district application identifies the buildings, grade levels and service areas for their plan as well as the decision support data system, evidence-based practice and service delivery model. Service delivery models include location (general education classroom or alternate location), number of students (individual or small group), frequency and duration of services, and schedule (during school day, extended school day, or extended school year).

Apply Now for Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS)

Minnesota public school districts and charter schools may now apply for Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) funding to provide direct instruction and services to K-12 and preschool students who are part of district programs that generate general education revenue, who may need additional academic and behavioral supports to succeed in the general education environment and who may eventually qualify for special education if the prevention services were not available. An approved program may provide instruction and services in a regular education classroom or an area learning center to eligible pupils. Pupils may be provided services during extended school days and throughout the entire year. Cooperatives, education districts and intermediate school districts may not apply on behalf of member districts.

ADSIS funding is state aid that goes through the special education funding formula, not a grant. The cap for fiscal year 2020 will be $1,089,351.74.

An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on the Minnesota Department of Education WebEx site (Meeting Number 801 700 514).

The application and instructions can be found on the MDE’s competitive grants site. Refer to the ADSIS statute or ADSIS funding statute for additional information. Signed and submitted applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 5, 2019, 3:30 p.m. CDT.

For more information, contact Rebecca Nies, Program Coordinator, at 651-582-8648, by March 27, 2019. A question and answer document will be published on the grant opportunity site. View the questions and answers document.

Reporting Requirements for 2016-17
ADSIS-funded schools must submit an End-of-Year (EOY) Report for each ADSIS school (online survey) and one Service Hour Spreadsheet (uploaded to ADSIS secure site) by September 15, 2017. These documents were emailed out earlier this year. If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Nies, program coordinator.

Budgets
2016-17 budgets have gone through the review process. If you have questions regarding your budget related to programming, such as amendments or staffing, please contact Rebecca Nies, program coordinator. If you have questions related to EDRS or UFARS and your ADSIS budget, please contact Jill Bemis from the Division of School Finance.

Fall Orientation
Two fall orientation options are being offered for those with approved funding in the 2017-19 cycle. Both will be held at the Minnesota Department of Education as well as streamed remotely. Additional details and registrations will be sent to districts. It is highly recommended one or more representatives from each district attend.
 
  • Tuesday, August 29, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This will just be an informational session with opportunities for questions.
  • Thursday, September 14, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The morning will be the same informational session with an afternoon of networking.
Tuesday Talks
In a continued effort to provide professional development and technical assistance, Tuesday Talks will continue monthly in the 2017-18 school year. Tuesday Talks are a monthly webinar that will be held from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month October-June. Topics and links for these webinars will be sent to all ADSIS districts. 
  •  - 8/3/17
    Resources for schools and districts approved to provide Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS).
  • Parental Notification Form example - 7/31/17
    Information that should be included on a parent permission form for Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS)
  • General Considerations when Administering Stakeholder Surveys - 7/28/17
    Suggestions for surveying Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS) stakeholders.
  • Geographic Distribution of Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) Programs 2015-17 - 7/26/17
    Map and list of districts implementing programs 2015-17.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services - 7/26/17
    July 2017 update
  • Concept Map - 7/25/17
    Detailed description of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS) program
  • Service Hour Spreadsheet - 7/21/17
    Sample service hour spreadsheet for Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS)
  • Parent/Guardian Satisfaction Survey Example - 7/21/17
    Sample form for parent/guardian satisfaction survey for Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS)
  •  - 3/22/16
    Example of information that should be included on a parent permission form; districts and schools may modify this as needed.
  •  - 3/22/16
    Example of information that should be included on a team sign-off form; districts and schools may modify this as needed.
  • 2015-16 Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS) Progress Report - 12/22/15
    PDF version of ADSIS mid-year progress report for districts' use in completing the online survey; do not submit PDF version
  • List of Alternative Delivery of Specialized Educational Services (ADSIS) Districts 2015-17 - 7/9/15
    Minnesota school districts and charter schools selected for prevention programming for 2015-17