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Free Access to Online Digital Library for ALL Florida Students

The Florida House of Representatives has partnered with Age of Learning to bring FREE access to its online digital library to EVERY Florida child, regardless of age, income, or reading level, from now through 12/31/2021. To take advantage of this initiative, all you need to do is click here to visit the Reading IQ website and create a free account. Happy reading!

Multisensory Early Language Development for Educators
Do You Need Proven Strategies for Teaching Communication and Literacy Skills to Students with Significant Disabilities and/or Limited Vocabularies?  
Participants will learn how to implement research-based instructional strategies within the classroom through a lesson plan framework applicable to any curriculum. Educators who have 1-2 years of early childhood experience and a background in language development and have participated in Environmental Communication Teaching (ECT) are encouraged to participate. Participants will receive instructional materials and other resources for effective implementation of the instructional strategies.
Dates:  October 5-7, 2021
Location:  Altamonte Springs, FL
  • PreK-Grade 3 Teachers of Students with Limited Language Skills (<50 word vocabulary) * Can also be ESE Teacher PK-12
  • Speech Language Pathologists, Technology Specialists and LATS
  • FDLRS Child Find Specialist or FDLRS Manager choice of participants

Pre-Requisite:  Participation in an Environmental Communication Teaching (ECT) overview and/or training

Travel: District/FDLRS-approved participants that attend and complete all days are eligible for travel reimbursement through their local FDLRS Associate Center. Be sure to contact your FDLRS Manager to coordinate travel arrangements.
SIM Virtual Professional Learning for Educators

Audience:  Florida Educators interested in SIM Learning Strategies on Listening and Note-Taking, & Test-Taking.  

SIM encompasses more than 30 Learning Strategies that can help students overcome specific learning difficulties that impede literacy from identifying words in a text to completing assignments on time to writing essays.  Students use SIM Learning Strategies--an approach to learning and using information--to help them understand information and solve problems. Students who do not know or use good learning strategies often learn passively and ultimately fail in school. SIM Learning Strategy instruction focuses on making students active learners.

Event Dates/Times: Attendance at both days is required plus a follow up session to be scheduled.

  • October 12, 2021 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, EST 
  • October 13, 2021 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, EST

Registration Deadline:  Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.  Training link and materials will be sent out to registrants prior to the event.

Questions?  Please contact Alice Schmitges at or 386-312-2265.


Special Ed Connection

Is your child receiving special education services? The Florida Department of Education is proud to provide access to Special Ed Connection ® at no cost to families of individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in special education programs. To request access to this valuable resource, please click here.

UFLI presentation

The University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) and the Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) presented a statewide webinar for Literacy Coaches, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Interventionists, and Reading Professional Developers. If you missed it or you would like to watch it again, you now have that opportunity! Check out the recording on our Recorded Webinars page.

Statement of Purpose

The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. Service centers include Associate Centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology. In addition, the FDLRS Network also includes Multi-disciplinary Centers who focus on in-depth evaluations and several statewide projects offering specialized services.