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.
Metro East GLRS Partner with JoEllen Killion, author, Assessing Impact to Provide Robust, High-Quality Professional Learning to Region and GLRS on Assessing Impact to Change Educator Practice and Increase Student Achievement
Ms.Terri Jenkins, Director of Metro East GLRS has partnered with Jo Ellen Killion, noted author and senior advisor to Learning Forward, to provide the metro area and leaders of the Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) with strategies to develop and enact comprehensive professional learning that ensure all educators have access to highly effective, evidence-based professional learning that results in student success. Teams are working to develop professional learning around state and regional priorities for Special Education to support educators and students. Her book, Assessing Impact: Evaluating Professional Learning, is being used to guide the work. Over 40 participants are engaged in this robust and collaborative learning. (February 2021)