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 Special Education Services and Supports


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Georgia Department of Education (Division for Special Education Services and Supports) provides necessary infrastructure and supports for leaders, teachers, and families to meet the whole child needs of each student improving student outcomes and school climate resulting in an increased quality of life and workforce ready future. We must commit to effective collaboration across agencies ​​and school-home partnerships to support local school districts in their efforts to provide special education and related services for students with disabilities. ​

 

The GaDOE must provide state General Supervision for local school districts to improve educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities and ensure that the requirements of IDEA are met. We believe that all students must have an equitable opportunity for school completion and successful postsecondary outcomes.

 
 

 Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement

  Georgia Annual Performance Report​ 

2020 IDEA State Fiscal Application for Public  Comments

Georgia Parent Survey School Year 2019-2020

ESSA Alternate Diploma FAQs - NEW 

​​Assistive Technology Partnership

GaDOE COVID-19 Information

New Special Education Directors  - SELDA

Why Inclusive Leadership Matters - NEW
Image to show examples of reality, equality and equity can look like in education.

The Georgia Department of Education has developed several resources including an Inclusive leadership video, graphic, fact sheet, and communications plan to help school systems address the behaviors and practices critical to inclusive leadership and meet the needs of all learners​.

Special Education Implementation: Rules, Manual, and Forms 

Budgets, Grants, Data Collection and Reporting  

Continuous Improvement 

Dispute Resolution 

Family Engagement Information and Resources 

State Advisory Panel (SAP) 

Statewide Projects and Initiatives 

Conferences and Presentations, Webinars, Friday Email Blasts, Newsletters

 

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 Contact Information

Shaun Owen

Deputy Superintendent

Federal Programs

Phone: 404-971-0096 

Email: sowen@doe.k12.ga.us​


Zelphine Smith-Dixon, Ed.D.
​State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports

Email:
zsmith@doe.k12.ga.us

 Staff Contact List

 General Information

​Phone: (404) 656-3963                              
Fax:(404) 651-6457                              

Special Education Questions & Support 
(404) 657-9968                 

SPEDHelpDesk@doe.k12.ga.us  

Contact Vision/Hard of Hearing Coordinators​

 Frequently Accessed Resources