FDLRS Human Resources Development (HRD) function personnel collaboratively plan and provide information, training, technical assistance/consultation, and resources related to effective instructional strategies and models for the education of children and youth who are exceptional and/or have unique needs based on locally assessed needs and established priorities.

HRD services include needs assessments and personnel development with multi-level professional development activities at the awareness, comprehensive, integration, application, and follow-up levels.

A Sampling of Services offered by local HRD personnel

  • Access to the General Curriculum
  • Accommodations/Modifications
  • Algebraic Thinking & Mathematics Strategies
  • Assessment
  • Building Professional Learning Communities
  • Classroom Management
  • Classroom Observations and Demonstrations
  • Collaborative/Co-Teaching Model
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Disability Awareness
  • Discipline in the Secondary Classroom
  • Florida Standards & ACCESS Points
  • IDEA Implementation Initiatives
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Instructional Modalities/Learning Styles
  • Least Restrictive Environment
  • Matrix of Services
  • Measurable Annual Goals
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI)
  • Quality IEPs
  • Small-Group Planning & Problem Solving Process (SGPPS)
  • Strategic Instruction Model (SIM)
  • Support for FDOE Reading and STEM Initiatives
  • Technical Assistance
  • Transition (Middle/Secondary Levels)


HRD Contacts

Joshua Farrell
HRD Specialist
(863) 535-6486, ext. 458

Donna Swygert
HRD Specialist
(863) 535-6486, ext. 457

Erica Barnum
HRD Specialist
(863) 535-6486

If you require any type of accommodation for an event sponsored by the Polk County School District, accommodation requests must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event. To arrange accommodation, contact the School or department sponsoring the event. For assistance, contact the Office of Equity & Compliance in Human Resource Services at (863) 534-0513. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency by calling Florida Relay Service at 1 (800) 955-8771.