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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 Teacher/Provider Retention Program - NEW

2021 IDEA Documents Available for Public Review and Comment- NEW

GaDOE Restart Guidance on Change of Placement vs Change of Location - NEW

Georgia's Restart Guidance (Compensatory Services) - NEW

Guidance for Serving Youth who are Detained or Incarcerated

 GaDOE Restart Guidance - NEW

 Special Education District Supports and COVID-19 Resources - UPDATED   

   Georgia Annual Performance Report​ 

ESSA Alternate Diploma FAQs for LEAs

​​Assistive Technology Partnership

GaDOE COVID-19 Information

         2021 Special Education Parent Survey - NEW

State-Defined Alternate Diploma Professional Learning Series - NEW

Special Education Implementation: Rules, Manual, and Forms ​​

Budgets, Grants, Data Collection and Reporting  

Continuous Improvement 

Family Engagement Information and Resources 

State Advisory Panel (SAP) 

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