ISRD Newsletter 
C heck out the newly redesigned ISRD Member Districts Map which includes the additional districts that were added this grant year: 
Charlotte, Citrus, Indian River and Martin!

ISRD District Highlights!
The TRAIL Transition Program finds vocational placement for adult students with disabilities in Flagler County communities!
Pictured above are three of thirty Flagler County students who are currently reaping the benefits of the TRAIL Transition Program! 

The TRAIL Transition Program is an outcome oriented program whose focus is to assist Flagler County's 18-22 year old students with disabilities in finding meaningful, age appropriate vocational placements in the community while keeping in mind their unique learning styles and individual needs. The TRAIL staff works with these  young adults by assisting them with identifying their dreams and goals through a variety of transition assessments, interest inventories, vocational assessments, self-determination scales and individual action plans.  The TRAIL mission is to combine functional academics with community based instruction in order to expose their participants to a variety of career choices while enhancing the skills necessary to become successful, independent and employed.  The TRAIL vision is to prepare ALL young people for a seamless transition into work and adult living.
Join us!
ISRD is offering several opportunities to attend an LEA Representative Leadership Training presented by Julie Weatherly and Dr. Sally Earnest. LEArn & LEAd is a one day training program focused on IEP meeting facilitation
 and legal compliance; designed for those who serve as IEP Team LEA Representatives

Please contact Amber Keene at to learn how register for one of the sessions below...
  • February 2- Chipley
  • February 3- Chipley
  • February 28- Live Oak
  • March 1- Starke
  • April 4- Marathon
  • April 5- Clewiston
  • April 6- Lake Placid
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

Recommended Read

  ISRD has hosted several successful Professional Learning Community Book Studies for ESE Directors and ESE Staffing Specialists so far this year! If you weren't part of this book study, we recommend that you read:

 "Don't Suspend Me: An Alternative Discipline Toolkit". Written by Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan & John E. Hannigan

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
at a Glance!

December 2016
  • 7-  ISRD & PAEC Counselors Convening, Tallahassee 
  • 8 & 9- ADOS-2 Training for School Psychologists, Palatka
  • 14- Professional Learning Community for ESE Specialists Book Study, Adobe Connect
January 2017
  • 10- Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, Chipley
  • 12- Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, Palatka
  • 17- Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, Lake Placid
  • 23- Mentoring for new ESE administrators, Adobe Connect
  • 23- Professional Learning Community for ESE Specialists Book Study, Adobe Connect
  • 24 & 25- Winter Institute for ESE Specialists, St. Augustine
February 2017
  • 2, 3- LEA Training for ESE District Staff & School Administrators, Chipley
  • 10- Community of Practice for School Psychologists, Gainesville
  • 22 & 23- Winter Institute for ESE Administrators, St. Augustine
  • 28- LEA Training for ESE District Staff & School Administrators, Live Oak

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 45 small and rural Florida school districts.


Contact Information

Institute for Small and Rural Districts

3841 Reid Street

Palatka, Fl. 32177



Alice Schmitges, Specialist

Amber Keene, Administrative Assistant