The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is a discretionary project of the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS). We provide support and services to school district Exceptional Student Education programs and teachers statewide.
Professional Development Alternatives
Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) is a Florida Department of Education online professional development initiative that became available in October 2003 and was originally known as PDA-ESE. The PDA program was developed through the collaborative efforts of the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) and the Bureau of Educator Certification. Funded by BEESS, the PDA program is coordinated statewide through the FDLRS Administration Project, local FDLRS Associate Centers and the Florida Center for Interactive Media. The PDA program currently has fifteen modules available statewide with more added each year. The modules combine quality online instruction for self-paces study with local support, ongoing communication, and classroom-related assessment tasks to ensure successful mastery of the competencies. All of the modules are appropriate for professionals working in exceptional or general education and are offered free of cost.
Elementary K-6 Online Content Review
The Elementary K-6 Online Content Review Module is sponsored by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) and implemented through the FDLRS Administration Project. This module is designed to help educators review their knowledge in the areas of Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Science, Physical Education, Health, Visual Arts, and Music as required in the Elementary K-6 certification exam. This is a self-paced module, therefore, instructional support and in-service credit are not available with this module.
Middle Grades 5-9 Online Content Review
The Middle Grades 5-9 Online Content Review Modules are sponsored by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) and implemented through the FDLRS Administration Project. Each module focuses on a single content area: English, mathematics, general science, or social science. The modules are designed to help educators review their knowledge in core content areas outlined in the teacher competencies required in the Florida subject area certification exams. Module content is aligned with these competencies, while promoting educator skill development to support implementation of the Florida Standards. These are self-paced modules, therefore, instructional support and in-service credit are not available.
|Strategic Instruction Model (SIM)
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) in collaboration with the FDLRS Network coordinate Florida's SIM Professional Developers to implement the SIM Initiative in the Sunshine State. SIM was developed by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL). For over thirty years they have 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. Learn more about SIM.
Florida's State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)
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.
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