FDLRS Human Resources  Development (HRD) function personnel  collaboratively plan and provide information, professional development, technical assistance/consultation and resources related to effective instructional strategies and models for the education of children and youth who are exceptional and/or have unique needs based on locally assessed needs and established priorities.
HRD services include needs assessments and personnel development with multi-level professional development activities at the awareness, comprehensive, integration, application, and follow-up levels.
For more information on HRD services in your area, contact FDLRS Gulfcoast Associate Center HRD Specialist.
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The BEESS Portal to Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) offers a variety of online courses for Florida educators that will increase their ability to respond to the needs of students with disabilities. 

FDLRS Gulfcoast  Professional Development Courses



     Professional Development Calendar 



 July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Independent Study Course (Self Paced): Supporting Twice Exceptional Students 

Contact Information: Jessica Rey -

The course focuses on strategies to help instructional staff:  (1) Implement Visuals to Support Instruction (2) Keep Motivation Levels High and Active (3) Provide Sufficient and Appropriate Sensory Breaks (4) Meet the Needs of All 2e Students 


Independent Study Course (Self Paced): Maximizing Associates in your Classroom

Contact Information: Jessica Rey -

The course focuses on strategies to help instructional staff work more effectively with their MBA and/or Paraprofessional by:  (1) Developing effective communication strategies  (2) Understanding the differences in roles and responsibilities (3)  Developing shared expectations and mechanisms


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Standing Up for Me: An Introduction to Self Determination and Self Advocacy (3 Points)
May 31, 2023
Contact Information: Anne Fouda -

Participants will:
• Know the difference between self-determination and self-advocacy
• Identify self-determination skills
• Understand the importance of imbedding self- determination strategies

pinellas registration     hernando registration



UDL - Universal Design for Learning
June 8, 2023
Contact Information: Rachel Holler -

Participants will learn about diversity and variability and how these elements create the foundation for Universally Designed Learning environments; identify learning barriers, explore and demonstrate understanding of the 3 UDL Guidelines and how they represent the foundations for best instructional practice for all students; reflect on own classroom practice and environment.  

pinellas registration     pasco registration     hernando registration


Disability Awareness, Executive Function and Classroom Strategies
June 14, 2023
Contact Information: Anne Fouda -

Participants will: 

•    Understand the impact of disabilities on executive function
•    Understand the basics of what executive function is
•    Choose and implement strategies to use to assist students in the classroom

pinellas registration     hernando registration


Sampling of FDLRS Gulfcoast PD Opportunitites

  • Access to the General Curriculum

  • Accommodations

  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Disability Awareness
  • ESE 101
  • Evidence Based Instructional Strategies for all Content Areas
  • Explicit Instruction
  • Facilitated IEP
  • Gifted
  • IEP Guide
  • Matrix of Services
  • Multisensory Learning
  • Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) (Content Enhancement, Learning Strategies)
  • Sustained Coaching and Modeling
  • Universal Design for Leaning
  • Virtual Instruction

FDLRS Gulfcoast Technical Assistance

• Classroom Observations and Demonstrations

• Professional Learning Communities


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Teachers can now access our one stop shop for quick tutorials and resources to help in:

  • Accessing Canvas and the Resource Center
  • Accessing and exploring Nearpod
  • Using Microsoft Learn Tools (Dictation, Immersive Reader, Math Tool, Word Predication)
  • Exploring math and reading virtual manipulatives
  • Exploring resources on how to virtually support mental health for your students