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FDLRS is a discretionary project of the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. We provide information, training, and support to families in order to promote effective parent participation in the education of children who are exceptional and/or have special needs. Services include assistance in the development of family-friendly programs, training and support for services for children with disabilities, and the support of partnerships between schools and parents to support student achievement.
Are you looking for quality professional learning opportunities?
FDLRS provides a variety of ways to earn inservice points. Free online professional learning is available statewide through the BEESS Portal to Professional Development Alternatives (PDA). Our PDA courses are designed to assist Florida educators with various instructional and behavioral needs to maximize achievement for all students. Each course contains high quality, up-to-date content and engaging, online activities.
We encourage you to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to see how these courses can help you earn in-service points and increase your ability to respond to the needs of your students.
The BEESS Portal to PDA offers both Facilitated and Independent Study Courses.
Our facilitated courses provide educators with a self-paced study of course content while applying their learning to classroom-related learning activities and assessment tasks, and ongoing collaboration with colleagues and expert facilitators. If you are interested in taking a facilitated course, contact your local PDA Coordinator for assistance with course availability and/or registering for a PDA facilitated course.
Independent Study Courses
Our independent study courses feature self-paced learning, content-related assessments, and follow-up activities. If you are interested in taking an independent study course, go to the BEESS Portal to PDA home page and then click on Register/Sign-in to create an account, then enroll.
Face-to-Face Professional Learning
FDLRS also offers face-to-face professional learning opportunities through our 19 centers located around Florida. Contact your local FDLRS Center for a schedule of opportunities in your area by locating your district on our Find a Center page.
Are you looking for new strategies to help your student's succeed?
FDLRS coordinates Florida's Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) Initiative developed by the University of Kansas for Research on Learning (KUCRL). For over thirty years, KUCRL has conducted research designed to develop ways to help students meet the demands of life, not just in school but after they leave school as well. Their overriding goal has been to develop an integrated model to address many of the needs of diverse learners. Out of this effort, the the Strategic Instruction Model has evolved. In essence, SIM is about promoting effective teaching and learning of critical content in schools. SIM strives to help teachers make decisions about what is of greatest importance, what we can teach students to help them to learn, and how to teach them well. There are two components in SIM: Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines. Learn more about SIM strategies and routines and locate SIM events in your area on the SIM page.
FDLRS coordinates Florida's SPDG/SIM Project. This project provides technical assistance and professional development to targeted school districts across Florida. Participating Middle and High Schools receive the information, materials, and coaching necessary to implement Content Enhancement Routines and Learning Strategies based on the identified needs of their students. Each school develops a plan to maintain the efforts after the SPDG funding has ended. Learn more about SPDG/SIM efforts in your area on the SPDG/SIM page.