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What is ISRD?

The Institute for Small and Rural Districts (ISRD) project provides training and technical assistance designed to support positive outcomes for students with disabilities and their families across a network of forty eight (48) small and rural Florida school districts. The project assists district level administrators and school-based administrators as they implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) regulations and the Florida State Performance Plan (SPP).

Working in collaboration with the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), Florida Department of Education, the goal of the ISRD project is that overall services to students with disabilities and those at risk will be enhanced and that increased student performance will be the end result of project activities.

Map of Florida highlighting ISRD's 48 Member Districts and Laboratory Schools and listing them by region.


  • Superintendents
  • ESE Directors
  • School Administrators
  • ESE Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists


  • ESE Policy/Procedures
  • Legal Issues
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Florida State Standards
  • Mental Health
  • Restorative Practices
  • Disproportionate Discipline
  • Moving your Numbers: The Six Key Practices
  • Understanding Poverty
  • School Climate
  • Chronic Absenteeism


  • Professional Development
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Mentoring for New ESE Administrators
  • Email/Telephone Technical Assistance
  • School District Surveys
  • Onsite Technical Assistance
  • Purchase and Distribution of Media


  • ISRD Website
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Annual Report

The Institute for Small and Rural Districts (ISRD) is funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B. ISRD operates through NEFEC and proudly serves the districts of HEC, PAEC and NEFEC.


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