The Divisions for Special Education Services and Supports provide professional learning in the form of meetings that address the needs of special education teachers and administrators. These meetings provide professional learning and networking opportunities for special education educators in their area of specialty throughout the state.
Spring Sp Ed Leadership Meetings
The Spring Special Education Leadership Meeting is jointly sponsored by the Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education (G-CASE) and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This spring leadership meeting replaces the GaDOE special education regional trainings and meetings that had been held in the past throughout the state on a variety of topics of significant importance to special education.
Information for the currently scheduled meeting as well as handouts for the previous meetings can be accessed below.
Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference
Georgia Department of Education’s Division for Special Education Services and Supports was proud to offer the IDEAS conference in partnership with Georgia Tools for Life, Georgia CEC and the Georgia Sensory Assistance Project. The IDEAS Conference offered a wide range of session topics and presentations that addressed technical and functional perspectives for all educators who teach students with disabilities.
Parent Mentor Partnerships Conference
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The importance of families in the academic success of our Georgia students cannot be underestimated; and each and every parent mentor plays a crucial role in engaging, educating, and supporting parents and families in all aspects of their students' education. Not only did they kick off another year of the GaPMP, but also celebrated the work and dedication of each and every parent mentor and the support of their districts.
Special Education Leadership Development Academy (SELDA)
The Special Education Leadership Development Academy (SELDA) is a series of seven meetings that takes place throughout the school year for new special education directors within their first 3 years of service and/or the assistant to the special education director. The purpose and focus of SELDA is to support new special education directors in accomplishing their responsibilities for general supervision.
Work Sampling System ®
The Work Sampling System provides observational assessment to systematically document children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and academic accomplishments in seven domains. This reliable program enables continual progress monitoring from multiple sources, documented through developmental guidelines, checklists, and portfolios. Ongoing assessment is summarized three times per year (fall, winter, spring) for each child in an easy-to-read report that families can understand and administrators can readily use.
The GaDOE is currently piloting the Work Sampling System for preschool-aged special education students in over 40 school districts. For more information about our pilot, please contact Jan E. Stevenson at 404-657-9965 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.