FDLRS Newsletter

March 2021

FDLRS Galaxy is here to serve you.

FDLRS Galaxy, an associate center of The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System, is a discretionary project of the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the Bureau of Exceptional Education (BESE). The four central functions of FDLRS are: Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development, and Technology. FDLRS Galaxy provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities across Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St Lucie school districts.

Jody Hays

Director of FDLRS Galaxy

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Teachers: Want to make extra $$$?

Do you have experience with on-line professional development and have an interest in providing quality professional development and coaching to educators? If so, you may be interested in becoming a facilitator for the Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) on-line program that is coordinated locally by the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS).

FDLRS Galaxy is currently recruiting PDA facilitators for the 2021-22 school year. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate virtually in part 1 of new facilitator training on April 20th. Topics to be covered include the basics of the PDA program, D2L features (the platform used within the courses), and facilitator responsibilities.

Qualifications for facilitators vary by course, but include a minimum of five years of teaching experience or experience working in a school district in a related professional capacity (school psychologist, speech/language pathologist, etc.). Facilitators should have expertise in the specific content of the course being facilitated. A Master’s Degree is preferred and endorsements may be required. Facilitators will need to be available to provide on-line professional development within a district or region and will have the opportunity to earn up to $1500.

Interested candidates please contact Jody Hays, Director of FDLRS Galaxy jody.hays@stlucieschools.org

Check out the following link for a list of facilitated courses. https://fl-pda.org/

District Spotlight!

Indian River Instructional Coaches have successfully completed a three-part Universal Design for Learning series in preparation for a district-wide initiative beginning in the 2021-2022 school year! Through the direction of Dr. Lord and FDLRS, coaches immersed themselves in understanding UDL and the three principles behind this framework. The key to successful implementation of UDL is understanding how the human brain learns and then applying that to instructional design with strategies from each of the principles. Participants increased their awareness about learner variability and how this framework can reach the needs of ALL learners in the classroom. Kudos to coaches for remaining open-minded and ready to take on UDL next year. Exciting things are on the horizon for this progressive district!

Pictured below are examples of a culminating activity demonstrating their knowledge of UDL.

If you are interested in UDL for your district or school, please contact Mary Trubisky at mary.trubisky@stlucieschools.org.
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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Discipline in the Secondary Classroom

• Saturday, April 17, 2021

• 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

• District Office – Room 2-264

• Limited to 12 participants due to social distancing requirements

• Intended Audience: Teachers in grades 6 - 12

Facilitated by Caroline Redding

Managing student misbehavior can feel overwhelming and time consuming, causing some educators to repeatedly fall into negative patterns with students. Discipline in the Secondary Classroom training provides educators with strategies to identify the strengths and gaps in their classroom and behavior management plans. This evidence-based approach guides the implementation of proactive, positive, and humane strategies to prevent misbehavior, resulting in improved behavior and academic growth.

** Participants are expected to implement strategies, collect implementation data, and enter student impact into FDLRS Impact Database.

All participants must wear face masks.

Register at: https://forms.gle/NdSdeUcrNXrqz5ym7

Tough Kids Tool Kit

· Saturday, May 1, 2021;

· 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

· District Office – Room 2-264

· Limited to 12 participants due to social distancing requirements

· Intended Audience: Any teachers working with “Tough Kids”

Facilitated by Caroline Redding

Participants will learn how to structure their classroom to ensure success for Tough Kids and use proactive, practical techniques for managing difficult students. Participants will receive The Tough Kid Tool Box and The Tough Kid Book full of ready-to-use, classroom-tested materials to help motivate and manage your Tough Kids.

** Participants are expected to implement strategies, collect implementation data, and enter student impact into FDLRS Impact Database.

All participants must wear face masks.

Link to Register: https://forms.gle/c2KTMSF1xKwDsti6A

Inclusive Scheduling

It's that time of year again!

The Florida Inclusion Network would like to remind districts and schools of the Inclusive Scheduling option that we offer. With Inclusive Scheduling, we would work together with a school-based team to create a master schedule that aligns student needs with existing school-wide staff. For more detailed information, please visit our website Inclusive Scheduling – Florida Inclusion Network .

Please contact your FIN Consultant Erin Perman at erin.perman@stlucieschools.org with questions or if your school is interested in this great opportunity!


Virtual Teaching Resource Hub

The University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) has developed a web-based gold mind of instructional tools and resources for teaching reading, struggling readers and understanding Dyslexia. UFLI recently shared with FDLRS their Virtual Teaching Resource Hub. This site is filled with tools and resources to assist teachers as they explore new ways to teach foundational reading skills using technology. This site has tools for reading instruction and intervention with children in the elementary grades.

The materials here are designed to be used with videoconferencing platforms for distance education and with interactive whiteboards in the classroom. The activities can also be used if you are creating video lessons for asynchronous lessons.

The site includes an orientation video on their approach to virtual teaching along with links to downloadable lesson templates, tips for creating engaging lessons, and finally, instructional activities to plan lessons appropriate for your students. Resources will continue to be added so continue to check out this site for some amazing stuff!

Visit their site at https://education.ufl.edu/ufli/virtual-teaching/main/