ISRD - Institute for Small and Rural Districts

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 one (41) 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.


  • ESE Administrators
  • School Administrators
  • ESE Specialists
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • District Staff


  • ESE Policy/Procedures
  • Legal Issues
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Instructional/Teaching Strategies
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Florida State Standards
  • Florida State Performance Plan


  • ISRD Website
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Monthly eBulletins
  • Project Brochure


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