THE GEORGIA LEARNING RESOURCES SYSTEM (GLRS)
Kathleen Tootle, Southeast GLRS Director
144 Barnes Street
Baxley, Ga 31513
The Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) is a comprehensive support system for professional educators, parents and other individuals who provide services to students with disabilities ages birth through 21. GLRS services are provided through a statewide network of centers.
Each GLRS Center serves a region including approximately ten to twenty school systems. The network also provides several satellite locations for materials distribution, pickup and other services. Any individual who works with students with disabilities may use GLRS services. This includes parents, teachers, administrators, college students, support and related services personnel. GLRS provides the following services.
Each site maintains an instructional library where users may preview, borrow or develop materials/media to address the special learning needs of students with disabilities. These collections include diagnostic training and professional materials for students. Several GLRS centers also provide computer labs, special software collections, adaptive devices and other such instructional technology resources.
Southeast and Northwest GLRS Centers provide specialized computer hardware support services designed to provide information and support for potential users via on-site review and evaluation. These centers have a number of computers, printers and other devices which may be accessed by professionals and parents.
GLRS provides staff development through workshops, demonstrations, seminars, courses and conferences. Training activities include effective uses of media and other instructional resources, new teaching techniques, parent training and other activities. All staff development activities are designed to meet specific needs identified in local school systems (LSSs) as well as statewide and regional needs.
Through the Special Education Exchange Program (SEEP), GLRS identifies promising practices in the field and provides resources for professionals to visit on-site and adapt/adopt selected practices in their own work setting.
Child Serve activities are conducted in all GLRS Centers in order to assist LSSs in identifying students in need of special education and related services and designing and implementing programs and services required by Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The Child Serve program plays a key role in coordinated intra-agency and inter-agency service delivery and child-find activities.
GLRS disseminates information to educators, parents and other agency personnel regarding the various disability areas, about programs and services offered to students with disabilities and staff development activities of interest to educators and families.