The Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) is a network of 18 regional programs that provide training and resources to school district personnel, parents of students with disabilities, and other interested individuals to support the achievement, graduation rate, and post-secondary success of students with disabilities. The programs are funded by the Georgia Department of Education, Divisions for Special Education Services and Supports, and are operated in collaboration with Regional Educational Service Agencies and local school districts that serve as fiscal agents for the programs. GLRS programs are funded entirely with federal discretionary funds made available through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
GLRS staff is specialized in providing professional learning, technical assistance and coaching for school systems on a variety of topics related to students with disabilities including:
- Providing Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) support to school systems.
- Supporting the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) - Student Success: Imagine the Possibilities
- Analyzing data.
- Facilitating math and reading projects.
- Implementing drop-out prevention initiatives.
- Supporting transition planning.
- Developing other specialties based on student needs related to indicators in the State Performance Plan.
Check & Connect Training
Check & Connect is an intervention used with K-12 students who show early warning signs of disengagement with school and who are at risk of dropping out. At the core of Check & Connect is a trusting relationship between the student and a caring, trained mentor who both advocates for and challenges the student to keep education salient. Students are referred to Check & Connect when they show warning signs of disengaging from school, such as poor attendance, behavioral issues, and/or low grades. GLRS are trained trainers. Training is FREE. GLRS provides ongoing support. Click on the below image for more information.
Restorative Practices Leads the Way - in Metro West GLRS Consultant Beverly Maxwell, engages participants from across the Metro Area in learning about Restorative Practices for Bus drivers and bus monitors. Restorative Practices is a framework to foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive conflict resolution. Restorative Practices do more than supplant punitive approaches to discipline. They can dramatically improve the school climate and strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people and adults. Instead of using punishments and rewards to influence the way students behave, restorative approaches address the underlying reasons for students’ hurtful behavior and nurture their intrinsic desire to treat others with care and respect. (Sept.2021)