Collaborative Communities

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What are collaborative communities?

A collaborative community is a group of people who share common roles, responsibilities, and/or desired outcomes.  Participants deepen their knowledge and expertise by sharing information, materials, and resources.  These groups utilize focused action and shared leadership in order to work together to accomplish goals. The intent of collaborative communities is to bring together a group of professional educators to accomplish common goals via a technical assistance model to encourage leadership development and foster professional growth.

Why use the Collaborative Communities approach?

This approach reflects a technical assistance model of the future in which stakeholders are engaged in solving critical problems and are supported in their efforts, rather than being told what to do by an external source (NASDE, p. 9).

  • Engage stakeholders
  • Professional Growth
  • Assist special education staff in reviewing, revising, and developing procedures and practices for IDEA implementation
  • Tier 1 engagement model of Georgia Continuous Improvement Plan

South Central GLRS has established collaborative communities for multiple stakeholder groups:

  • Special Education Directors:  

(We are proud to introduce our 18th District Collaborative Communities: Special Education Directors’ Consortia below):  Shown in order: Dana Robbins, GLRS Program Coordinator;  Lisa Fesperman, GLRS Program Specialist; Lisa Martin, GLRS Educational Specialist; Lisa Strickland, Atkinson Co. Sp. Ed. Director(*no photo); Mandy Harper, Bacon Co. Sp. Ed. Director; Roxie Tumlin, Brantley Co. Sp. Ed. Director; Matt Wainright, Charlton Co. Sp. Ed. Director; Allison Smith, Clinch Co. Sp. Ed. Director (*No photo); Dr. Tonya Johnson, Coffee Co. Sp. Ed. Director; Dr. Dana Vickers, Coffee Co. Director of Special Services; William Hall, Pierce Co. Sp. Ed. Director; Dr. Donna McClain, Ware Co. Sp. Ed. Director; Haley Livingston, Harrell Learning Center Director; and Belinda Tiller, GaDOE District Liaison:

  • School Administrators
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Transition Specialists
  • Teachers (Special Ed./General Ed.)
  • School Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists