FDLRS works collaboratively with school districts, exceptional student education departments, staff development offices, and other professional development entities to provide information, professional development, technical assistance and follow-up related to effective instructional strategies and service delivery models for the education of children and youth who are exceptional or have unique needs. Assistance and support to district professional staff and families of students with disabilities in the appropriate use of assistive and instructional technology, assistive technology related services, universal design principles, and technology that enhances learning and communication is also provided. Support for educators is provided through the following activities:
- Provide multi-level, research-based/validated professional development activities that are aligned with BEESS State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators. Topic areas include: Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), assessment, assistive technology, classroom/behavior management, differentiated instruction, ESE policy/procedures, instructional practices, instructional technology, mathematics, reading, science, Strategic Instruction Model (SIM), transition, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and virtual instruction.
- Support coordination and implementation of statewide distance learning professional development activities including Professional Development Alternatives (PDA), Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (MGIC), and Elementary K-6 Online Content Review Modules, and delivery of local professional development using virtual technologies.
- Provide technical assistance and support services to local assistive technology specialists (LATS) and regional local assistive technology specialists (RLATS).