ISRD Newsletter 
Our New Look!
You may have noticed ISRD has undergone some BIG changes over the summer! The transition has included a new location, new team members, and  a brand new logo!

Meet the ISRD Team!

Alice Schmitges, M. Ed.

Program Specialist



Amber Keene

Administrative Assistant



If you have not already, please complete the survey below. This survey was published 5/20/16.

Click the links below to view and print these important documents!



with a Directory and Profiles of Member Districts, resources,
and more

contains ESE forms, documents, and manuals currently in use in member districts

for the latest on current State legislative changes

ISRD District Highlights!

Highlands County therapists and adaptive PE teachers have voluntarily formed "The Heart of Florida AMBUCS". Their mission is to provide specialized therapeutic AmTrykes to disabled children and adults in Highlands county! Click HERE to read more about the organization and their successful fundraisers!
Recommended Read

  The first PLC Book Study of the 2016-17 school year filled quickly! ISRD will host the first  virtual  meeting 8/22/16. Even if you weren't able to join this book study, we recommend you read:

 "Other Health Impairment: Eligibility Criteria Under the IDEA and Section 504". Written by Joseph L. Pfrommer, Esq. and published by LRP Publications.

Be on the lookout for an invitation to join the next PLC Book Study!


Does your school or district have a success  story to share?  Send us a few paragraphs about a student, school administrator or implementation of a program for students with disabilities for the next issue!

I SRD Trainings and Meetings
August - October 

August 2016
  • 22- Professional Leaning Community for ESE Sepcialists Book Study, Adobe Connect
  • 30, 31- LEA Training for ESE District Staff & School Administrators, Orlando
September 2016
  • 1, 2- LEA Training for ESE District Staff & School Administrators, Orlando
  • 6- 
    Professional Learning Community for Administrators Book Study, Adobe Connect
  • 16- Mentoring New ESE Administrators (Director), Adobe Connect
  • 22- Community of Practice for School Psychologists, TBD
  • 27- Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, NEFEC, TBD
  • 29- Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, PAEC, Chipley
October 2016
  • 4- School Counselors Training, Gainesville
  • 6 - Community of Practice for ESE Specialist, HEC, Lake Placid
  • 12 - Mentoring New ESE Administrators (Director), Adobe Connect

Click HERE to view and print the full 2016-2017 calendar!
About ISRD


ISRD provides training and technical assistance for district and school-based administrators to support positive outcomes for students with disabilities across a network of 41 small and rural Florida school districts.


ISRD's 41 Member Districts
Baker, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Flagler, Florida Virtual School, FAMU Lab School, FAU Lab School, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, FSU Lab School, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake Wales Charter Schools, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Putnam, Seminole Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, UF Lab School, Union, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
Contact Information

Institute for Small and Rural Districts

3841 Reid Street

Palatka, Fl. 32177



Alice Schmitges, Specialist

Amber Keene, Administrative Assistant