On September 27-29, 2017, the South Central GLRS Region Directors of Special Education teamed with the South Central GLRS staff and the Georgia Department of Education District Liaison to discuss how the work of Student Success: Imagine the Possibilities continues this year through the District Improvement Plan. The priorities of the Georgia Department of Education for FY ’18 were presented. The three areas of emphasis are based on data from the Dispute Resolution Unit. Presentation from GLRS staff and GADOE District Liaison related to IEP Development and Implementation and Evaluations/ Eligibilities. Working in small groups the attendees discussed the procedures/practices in their systems to address these areas and noted possible revisions needed. The IDEA portion of Cross Functional Monitoring was also highlighted by Dr. Debbie Reagin from GADOE. The group had time allotted to work on the Procedures and Practices Manuals from each school district. We concluded the conference with a book study of The Positive Dog by Jon Gordon.
Please click on the slider buttons or slider arrows (either side of photos) to view highlights from the Special Ed. Administrators’ Leadership Conference 2017-18:
South Central GLRS Team who attended the conference:
Dr. DeAnne Merrell, Atkinson County
Ms. Mandy Harper, Bacon County
Ms. Roxie Tumlin and Ms. Wendi Lee, Brantley County
Dr. Sherilonda Green and Mr. Matt Wainright, Charlton County
Mr. Dane Heard, Clinch County
Dr. Tonya Johnson and Dr. Dana Vickers, Coffee County
Ms. Belinda Tiller, Pierce County
Dr. Donna McClain, Ware County
Dr. Debbie Reagin, GaDOE
Ms. Dana Robbins and Ms. Lisa Fesperman, South Central GLRS
The Seventh Annual Autism Awareness: “Elements of Inspiration Art Show and Fun Day” was held on April 29, 2017 at the Okefenokee Heritage Center, and offered family friendly activities to all who came. Our weather was scorching, but it did not dampen the spirits of the people who attended or on the fun to be had! A special thanks to Donna McClain, Ware County’s Special Education Director, and to Sandee Dial, Ware County’s Special Education Program Manager for taking and sharing such wonderful photos which showcased all of the fun!
Congratulations to the people below and to all the folks who worked “behind the scenes” to make this year’s festival become a roaring success!
We had an outstanding attendance rating with a total of 461 people attending. These attendees were area Administrators, Special Education and General Education Teachers, School Psychologists and Counselors, Paraprofessionals, Agencies and a phenomenal number of Parents (162), along with a staggering number of Students (224)! We are continually amazed at the huge turnouts to this event. A big “Thank you” goes to everyone who braved the heat and came in droves to support our kids. We couldn’t do this without you!
Attractions included a Bounce House, Big Slide, Knobby the Autism Train, a Sensory Sand Pit, Go Fish, Face Painting, just to name a few! Food and drink was provided at no charge from the generous donations from Brantley County, McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Coca Cola, Friendly Express and others. Thank you to all donors for your giving hearts!
The Elements of Inspiration Art Show featured art from area students, colorfully displayed in the Okefenokee Heritage Center Warehouse. We have so many talented students who participated in this effort, so as you can imagine, judging was a real challenge. All of our entries deserve high praise for their accomplishments! We absolutely loved and admired all of the entries!
Our first annual 2017 Student Recognition Awards Luncheon, which honored eight (8) students from each of our eight (8) districts (Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce, & Ware County), was a huge success! A beautiful luncheon was provided and students were awarded a plaque and a gift card for their exemplary academic and community achievements. Each of the students demonstrated poise and dignity as they spoke about their goals after graduation, while family members and educators looked on with unconcealed pride.
The ASPIRE Forum was held in collaboration with Southeast GLRS. It was a great day at Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup, GA. The presentations highlighted exemplary practices in our area, including: use of technology, parent engagement, activities for students across grade and cognitive levels as well as organizational procedures for implementation. The seventy-five attendees left with new ideas and a network of ASPIRE colleagues.
South Central GLRS proudly serves as a co-sponsor of Autism Awareness initiatives in the Pierce -Ware region. Other partners are the Pierce and Ware County School Systems, The ARC of Satilla, Easter Seals of South Georgia, and the South Georgia Regional Aging and Disability Resource Connection.
One exciting accomplishment of this team is the erection of a billboard beside a major thoroughfare in Waycross. This billboard promotes awareness of Autism in our region and supports children and families whose lives are touched by Autism. It is our hope that all in our community will develop an understanding of what can be done to educate and advocate for children and youth with Autism.