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November 2019Especially for Parents November Workshops at the Parent Resource Center (PRC)
All workshops are held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 - Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA, unless otherwise noted. You may view additional information on upcoming workshops and register for workshops online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community.
Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope
Dr. Ramaris German, Ph.D., Psychologist, and Ms. Wanda Wheeler, Mental Health Clinician from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), will present this important workshop for parents of irritable children and youth.
Friday, November 1, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
Register for Irritability in Children and Youth
An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs!
*Registration must be completed separately for each session.
Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age
For parents who didn't grow up with smartphones but can't let go of them now, expert advice on raising kids in our constantly connected world. This presentation will focus on how to help kids navigate friendships, bullying, dating, self-esteem, and more online. Presented by Juliana Miner, public health expert and creator of the popular blog Rants from Mommyland.
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Register for Raising a Screen Smart Kid
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey
Attend this important workshop, presented by Julia Calhoun and Katie Boxer, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers, to understand characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Friday, November 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
Register for Understanding Autism
Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School
What is Special Education?
How do children qualify for services?
What is Least Restrictive Environment?
What is the difference between accommodations and modifications?
What is an IEP?
What are the roles and responsibilities of IEP team members?
How can I work with the school team to develop an IEP?
How do I advocate for my child at school and in the IEP process?
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Register for Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School
Building Success in Physical Education
Learn fun activities for the whole family to get your child moving, while reinforcing a wide range of skills needed to participate in physical education. Presented by Phyllis Orner, FCPS Adapted PE Specialist, Manda Tirado and Christy Stone, FCPS Adapted PE Teachers.
Friday, November 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
Register for Building Success in Physical Education
Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs
Transform feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed to calm, confident, and compassionate. Learn tools and techniques to navigate turbulent waters and times of change within your home and family life. Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., a Well-Being Professional.
Friday, November 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.
Register for Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs
The Parent Resource Center Lending Library contains over 7,000 books, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children including those with learning challenges, mental health concerns, special needs, and disabilities. Learn more about our lending library at https://www.fcps.edu/node/31312.
Books available for checkout:
- Building School and Community Partnerships Through Parent Involvement
- Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving
- College Success for Students with Learning Challenges
- How Full is your Bucket? For Kids
- The Military Family’s Parent Guide for Supporting Your Child in School
- Tongue Fu! at School: 30 Ways to Get Along Better with Teachers, Principals, Students, and Parents
- Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
- You Can Control Your Voice: Loud or Quiet? You Choose the Ending
- You Can Stay in Control: Wild or Calm? You Choose the Ending
- You’re Angry: Throw a Fit or Talk it Out? You Choose the Ending
The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Parent Resource Center (PRC) provides resources, information, and consultations to support the success of all students. Confidential consultations, an extensive lending library, and a year-long calendar of workshops are offered for parents, educators, and community members. For more information please visit the PRC website at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center.Assistive Technology Services (ATS)
During the 2019-20 school year, ATS will be offering training sessions focused on the use of high-end Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Participants will learn basic programming and maintenance of the devices, as well as integration ideas. These sessions are open to both staff and parents of students using the specific devices. To register, contact the ATS Resource Teacher who supports your school. November sessions will include the following topics:
- November 11, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Virginia Hills Center
- November 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Lanier Middle School
- November 18, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Leis Center
- November 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
- November 20, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
VAAP Collection of Evidence (COE) will be available for review by parents or guardians during two windows:
- November 5-8, 2019 at the Test Distribution Center (TDC) in Springfield
- November 11-14, 2019 at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center in Fairfax
Appointments must be made through the school’s Assessment Coach (AC) or School Test Coordinator (STC).Especially for Staff Members ESY and Assessment
The Office of Extended School Year (ESY) and Assessment is offering Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP): Next Steps for Instruction on November 4, 2019. This training is for both new and veteran teachers of students participating in the VAAP. Both morning and afternoon sessions will be offered. Sign up on My PDE – Course #SS-44020 or contact Leslie Mahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-423-4121Office of Special Education Instruction (OSEI) Trainings for Staff Members
During the month of November, OSEI is offering the following trainings for staff members. Registration is available in My PDE. For more information about OSEI trainings, visit: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/trainings/osei/
- AEPS and PreK POS for Newly Hired Early Childhood Special Education Teachers – Course #SS-22093
- Brigance: Administration and Application – Course #SS-33326
- Building Literacy Skills for Learners at the Pre-Symbolic Stage at the Secondary School Level – Course #SS-33293
- Classroom Wide Practices that Support Effective Instruction – Course #SS-29101
- Collaborative Team Lead Trainings – Course #SS-22089
- Connecting Math Concepts – Course #SS-33247
- Corrective Reading Decoding & Comprehension – Course #SS-27050
- Fundations Level K – Course #SS-27003
- Fundations Level 1 – Course #SS-27003
- Fundations Level 2 – Course #SS-27003
- Instructional Matching for Students Accessing an Adapted Curriculum – Course #SS-33337
- Just Words – Course #SS27032
- LETRS: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling COHORT 1 – Course #SS-29087
- LETRS: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling COHORT 2 – Course #SS-29087
- LETRS: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling COHORT 3 – Course #SS-29087
- LETRS: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling COHORT 4 – Course #SS-29087
- Reading Mastery – Course #SS33249
- Read Well K-3 – Course #SS-27077
- Transmath – Course #SS-27087
- Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP): Next Steps for Instruction – Course #SS-44020
- VMATH – Course #SS-25056
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Department of Special Services
Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
Michael Bloom, Acting Director, Office of Special Education Instruction