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.
Oconee GLRS MTSS Consortium
The Oconee GLRS MTSS Consortium was held on February 3, 2020 at Oconee RESA. The group was formed at the request of the Oconee RESA member systems to assist them with the development and implementation of MTSS. The focus of the session was the relationship between MTSS, student behavior and mental health. Jason Byars from GADOE provided a presentation on this subject, which included several practical suggestions for implementation and the importance of consideration of mental health issues on an equal basis with academics and physical health. Jeannie Morris from GADOE then provided information on bridging PBIS and MTSS. The GLRS provided a platform for building a strong MTSS system in the Oconee Region.