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    Fulton County Schools is Offering $2500 to $7500 Hiring & Retention Incentives

    Hiring Incentives: Special Education Teachers; Therapists (SLP/OT/PT); Special Education Paraprofessionals; Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Learn more about our Hiring Incentives.

    Retention Incentives: $2500 - Program Class Teacher; $1250 - Program Class/Categorical Para; $2000 - BCBA (Behavior Intervention position). Learn more about our Retention Incentives.

    Special Education Staff Supports

    • Four (4) yearly embedded data days
    • $3000 annual Special Education salary supplement
    • Veteran mentors for new Special Education teachers
    • Induction Program for new teachers (GO TIP)
    • Special Education Lead per building
    • Special Education (SDI Instructional Coach per building by program (IRR, AU/ID, PreK, DHH/OI/VI)
    • New Special Education teachers: Three (3) additional paid preplanning days
    • Monthly Special Education-specific PLC
    • Quarterly staff input sessions w/District leadership
    • Quarterly Special Education Staff recognition program


    Learn more about our SPED Support Program

Our Vision

  • Through specially designed instruction in the least restrictive environment, students with disabilities will have access to a rigorous curriculum that is meaningful, challenging, and is aligned to grade level standards.

Our Mission

  • The Services for Exceptional Children Department ensures the instruction of students with disabilities is grounded in grade-level standards, specially designed to meet the individual needs of each students and tailored to promote growth and learning.  We do so by:

    • embedding special education specific supports within the Standards Mastery Framework;
    • guiding school-leaders in meeting the expectations set forth in federal, state, & local rules and regulations;
    • providing explicit professional learning experiences and job embedded growth opportunities for special education staff; and
    • embracing and embodying the mindsets of inclusivity, access to challenging curriculum, and high expectations.

We Believe:

    • Inclusivity
    • Equity
    • Growth Mindsets
    • Collective Ownership
    • Family & Community Engagement
    • Strong Partnerships with Schools
    • Consistent Focus on Student Outcomes
    • Specially Designed Instruction
    • Safe & Supportive Learning Environments
    • Building Capacity through Professional Learning

Our Value Statements

    • The belief that all students with disabilities are capable of accessing grade level content.
      The desire to utilize grade level materials, instructional best practices, and student data in the planning of and facilitation of daily instruction will foster multi-faceted approaches and strategies for learning that indistinguishably engage and support students with disabilities in growth and independence.

    • The belief that all students with disabilities have strengths that enable them to learn and grow academically, socially and independently.
      The desire to seek out student strengths to leverage in the planning and instruction of students with disabilities will assist students with disabilities in developing skills to independently use their strengths and learned strategies across all academic and non-academic activities.

    • The belief that all students with disabilities deserve access to the general education environment to the greatest extent possible.
      The desire to approach students with disabilities with the intention of transitioning them back to general education will increase access to the general education environment to the greatest extent possible.

    • The belief that all students with disabilities deserve access to non-academic school-based activities.
      The desire to embody the mindset that students with disabilities are valuable members of our community and thus include all students when planning non-academic school-based activities will strengthen the abilities of students with disabilities.

    • The belief that all school leaders, teachers, and support staff are fundamentally responsible for the success of students with disabilities.
      The desire to seek out opportunities to build lasting relationships with students with disabilities in order to ensure student growth through equitable and inclusive practices will reinforce for students with disabilities that multiple adults in their school community are invested in their success within and beyond the classroom.

Contact Us


    Click here to e-mail the Exceptional Children Department


    Blake McGaha

    Blake McGaha
    Executive Director
    Services for Exceptional Children


    Dr. Tris Gilland

    Dr. Tris Gilland
    Director, Compliance
    Services for Exceptional Children


     Sherry Peterson

    Sherry Peterson
    Director, Instruction
    Services for Exceptional Children

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