Upcoming Events

First District RESA

201 West Lee Street
P.O. Box 780
Brooklet, GA 30415
Phone: (912) 842-5000
Fax: (912) 842-5161

Dr. Whit Myers
Executive Director


Our Mission

It is the mission of First District Regional Educational Service Agency to deliver exemplary educational services for continuous school improvement. In this mission, the FDRESA team is committed to collaboration at all levels, incorporating research-based strategies and decision making, developing comprehensive and functional shared services, building the capacity of others, and advancing the ideal of equity and opportunity for all children.

Youth Mental Health First Aid PDF Print E-mail

First District RESA and Safe & Drug Free Schools Programs 

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Date:         February 19, 2015

Time:         8:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.

Location:  First Distrtict RESA, 201 West Lee Street, Brooklet, Georgia

In collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education PBIS team, First District RESA is sponsoring Youth Mental Health First Aid training.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

This training is open to middle and high school personnel (school counselors, school nurses, social workers, etc.)  The class size is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged.  There is not a registration fee, but there is a $20 workbook fee.  Checks or purchase orders should be made out to First District RESA SDFS.  Participants will be required to attend the entire training in order to be certified.  

REGISTER:  http://sdfs.fdresa.org/registration

Registration Deadline is February 10, 2015.  

For Additional Information Contact: Irene Denmark at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


Annual RESA Summit: RESAs: Beacons of Hope PDF Print E-mail


Staff of all RESAs in Georgia are invited to register for the Annual RESA Summit!

Calling all of Georgia's RESAs! Join us for the 2015 Georgia RESA Summit, Georgia RESAs: Beacons of Hope.

Sub-themes of the three distinct but related summit days include:

  • Poverty:  The Changing Faces of Georgia
  • Overcoming Poverty:  Hope for the Future
  • Celebration of Success Stories:  Spreading the Word

The Summit agenda will include guest speakers and breakout sessions presented by several of Georgia's RESAs and by PAGE. A panel of Georgia educators will share poverty success stories from their districts and schools. In addition, former students of poverty will present their personal testimonials of the impact of education and educators on their lives.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn the startling facts about poverty in Georgia and to leave inspired and equipped to meet the challenge.

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Hayward Cordy ~ Author of Damaged Goods and Executive Director of Oconee RESA
Guest Speakers: Claire Suggs ~ Senior Education Policy Analyst, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Steve Suitts ~ Vice President, Southern Education Foundation



Please call the Sea Palms Resort between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
 to reserve your room.
MAIN NUMBER:  912-638-3351

Other: 1-888-892-5451 or 912-434-4003
Identify yourself as a member of the RESA Summit group.
Guest Room Rates: $144 and $154

There is no registration fee for this event.


For additional information, please contact Dr. Trudy Sharpe at First District RESA ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Professional Development for Middle & High School Social Studies Teachers PDF Print E-mail


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Professional Development for Middle & High School Social Studies Teachers

Contact:  Shaun Owen, State Program Manager for Social Studies (K-12) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 404-651-7271

  • Best selling author Bruce Lesh will be conducting this all day workshop.
  • There is no charge for the workshop.
  • Participants receive a free copy of Bruce Lesh’s best selling book.
  • Teachers will engage in hands-on activities focused on connecting Literacy and Social Studies and the use of historical investigations to teach historical content.
  • The goals of this professional development workshop include:

             -Increasing understanding of the research on historical thinking and historical literacy

             -Developing a cadre of teacher leaders to share these strategies with other teachers in their school and district

             -Providing teachers with a better understanding of the importance of integrating literacy skills,  primary and                        secondary documents into their instructional practices

            -Providing teachers with research-based best practices to engage all learners in the Social Studies classroom

Date:         March 3, 2015

Location: Candler Pre-K-8 Educational Complex, 33661 Highway 129, Metter, Ga

Time:        8:30 am until 3:30 pm

Lunch:     On your own

Minimum Number:  60

Registration Deadline:  February 6, 2015

Please Note:  Registration is limited to 2 participants from middle schools and 2 participants from high schools.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandi Thompson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 912-842-5000.


SLDS Webinar Instructional Improvement System (IIS) Dashboard PDF Print E-mail

Audience:     District Users in SLDS

Date:              February 24, 2015

Time:              10:00 – 11:00 AM

Registration: http://goo.gl/xIQDEk


The IIS Dashboard allows users to leverage existing education information (Student Assessment, Student Growth, Student Attendance, etc.) to allow users to create custom reports and package that information in one central location. Currently, the IIS Dashboard is available only to users with the District User role in the SLDS tunnel.

Building on the data within SLDS, the IIS dashboard allows District-level users to:

·        Analyze Assessment, Attendance, and Growth Model data by multiple dimensions simultaneously

·        Compare performance across fiscal years

·        Compare performance across districts and schools

·        Customize and save your report layouts

·        Share your reports and layouts with other district users

·        Export your report data to Excel or PDF


This webinar will demonstrate how to

·        Examine and compare performance across fiscal years and schools

·        Create and share reports

Contact Lisa Burkhalter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for more information.

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