“Overcoming Obstacles by Building a Community One Quadrant at a Time”
What is a GNETS program?
GEORGIA NETWORK FOR EDUCATIONAL AND THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT (GNETS)
The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) comprises 24
programs that support the local school districts’ continuum of services for students
with disabilities, ages 3-21. The programs provide comprehensive educational and
therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or
other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the
characteristics of the disability category.
GNETS programs provide an array of therapeutic and behavioral supports as well as
specialized instruction for students. These supports are designed to assist the student
to progress in a general curriculum, as well as, a Transition Program, and graduate
ready for work or postsecondary studies. In addition, the GNETS program provides
support to families and works collaboratively with other agencies serving students.
Students are referred by their local school districts through the Individualized Education
Program (IEP) process.
The GNETS Transition (Outpost) Program is a program afforded to students who have
met their annual behavior goals. The students work diligently with merit in their
classrooms, and in the community. The students work with teachers, support personnel,
counselors, social workers, and psychologists to prove that they have met the
guidelines for moving forward in their educational career; thus, transitioning to their
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Many of these students leave Center-based programs, and transition to a Traditional
School setting, or a non-Traditional setting. A non-Traditional setting would be like that
of the Wonderful World of Warren Technical School. Warren Technical School opened its
doors to the GNETS Transition Program (previously known as Outpost Program) during
the 2010-2011 school year.
Warren Technical School Transition Program
Social Skills: Decision Making Skills Class
The Decision-Making Skills Class at Warren Tech consists of two GNETS teachers, who
have worked in one of the Center-based Programs. Our goal is to assist our students in
“Overcoming Obstacles by Building a Community One Quadrant at a Time”. We utilize
The “Circle of Courage” model as a foundation for building a community which teaches
our students that relationships are primary. The Circle of Courage model; thus, provides
the GNETS teaching team, and members with an evidence-based, proven approach for
reaching and teaching our students with emotional and behavioral disorders. It
integrates research on positive student development with the best of positive thought,
professional wisdom, and educational practice.
The Four Quadrants are: Belonging, Generosity, Independence, and Mastery. We also
incorporate Social and Emotional Learning in our many exciting lessons. Students can
be seen working daily in cooperative learning groups, and independently to answer
discussion making questions. Students are taught the Decision-Making Process, PBIS
Principles, and Social and Emotional Learning Components. The home community, and
school environment is embraced by utilizing the five (5) components: Self-Awareness,
Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Skills.