Special Education Update - June 2019

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June 2019

 

Especially for Parents

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. Contact the PRC by phone at 703-204-3941, email, or visit us Monday – Friday during the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and tune into our YouTube Channel to see some of our recorded workshops. Bookmark our PRC website to stay up-to-date with all our workshops and resources.

Extended School Year (ESY) 2019

2019 SUMMER ESY direct, class-based services will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5 will be student holidays. Site information, feeder lists, and bell schedules are now posted on the Extended School Year website. ESY Open House will take place on June 28, noon to 1 p.m. at each of our ESY sites.

  Especially for Staff Members

Join us for our July Lunch and Learn Series

  • Not Enough Time in the Day – Self Care for Educators
    Serving the children we love can be exhausting, leaving us feeling depleted. This session focuses on building a self-care plan that is realistic in today’s busy world. Experience science-informed strategies and creative tools to help you refuel. Pizza will be provided.
    July 10, 2019, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Register for Not Enough Time in the Day – Self Care for Educators on MyPLT
  • Collaborative IEPs for Educators
    Join us for this important workshop for educators to help create positive and collaborative IEP meetings and to continue to build positive relationships with parents. Pizza will be provided.
    July 24, 2019, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road Entrance 1 – Room 100 Dunn Loring, VA 22027 (map)
    Register for Collaborative IEPs for Educators on MyPLT

Behavior Intervention Services is offering the following Academy Courses:

  • Best Practices for Educating Students with High Functioning Autism. 
    The Office of Special Education Instruction is offering this one-credit Academy course for all educators working with high-functioning students on the autism spectrum. The course of study includes an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (High-Functioning Autism) including characteristics, academic and instructional supports, social skills instruction, and behavior management. This course supports: (1) Create a Student-Centered Learning Environment, (2) Plan and Teach for Student Learning, (3) Assess Student Learning – as defined in the FCPS Best Practices for Teaching and Learning Framework. This course is open to educators serving students pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
    July 9 and 10, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Gatehouse Administration Center
    To register, please login to MyPLT and search for course #AC-2274. For more information, please call Behavior Intervention Services at 571-423-4106.   
  • Mandt Academy – Beginning July 15 at Willow Oaks Center and July 19 at Gatehouse Administration Center.
    These trainings provide participants with prevention, pre-crisis, crisis management, and de-escalation intervention strategies. The Mandt System is a systematic training program that builds on skill development through a process of gradual and graded alternatives for de-escalating and assisting students using a combination of interpersonal communication skills, conflict resolution strategies and physical interaction techniques. The goal of the Mandt System is to minimize the potential for verbal and physical aggression through proactive approaches to problematic behavior. Participants gain a fundamental understanding of the crisis cycle, strategies to respond with the least amount of external management necessary in all situations and the skills that allow safe and respectful intervention when needed.
    To register, please login to MyPLT and search for course #AC-1547. For more information, please call Behavior Intervention Services at 571-423-4106.

Department of Special Services

Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Michael Bloom, Acting Director, Office of Special Education Instruction 

Office of Special Education Instruction

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May 2019 Especially for Parents

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. Contact the PRC by phone at 703-204-3941, email, or visit us Monday – Friday during the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and tune into our You Tube Channel to see some of our recorded workshops. Bookmark our PRC website to stay up-to-date with all our workshops and resources.

Join Us for Our May Workshops

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 register for workshops online.

  • High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School 
    If you've got a tween, you know that middle school is no cake walk. Multiple teachers, personal schedule responsibility, and long-term assignments all require more independent thought and focus. In ninth grade, that reality gets kicked up a notch. Join the PRC for this workshop to learn:
    • How to finish middle school strong while building positive habits for the future.
    • How to make the shift from guided to independent learning so your child doesn't feel overwhelmed or lost.
    • The secret to effective time management as a high-school student balancing academics with sports, activities, friends, and work.
    • How your teen can manage his or her all-important social life so it doesn’t interfere with school.

      This workshop is presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author. Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

      Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

      Register for High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School
  • Digital Citizenship: Tips for Parents
    As parents in the digital age, being aware, alert, and involved in your children's use of the internet is crucial. What else can you do to keep your child safe on the internet? Digital Citizenship can be described as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior, its positive and negative impact on self and others, with regard to technology use. It is important for parents to help their child become safe, ethical, responsible, and respectful digital citizens. Join the PRC for this workshop to learn necessary supports so all students have a safe online space in which to learn healthy and respectful technology use at home and school. Richard Stegman, Andrea Jones, and Erika Deem, members of the FCPS Digital Citizenship team will present this workshop for all parents.

    Friday, May 10, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

    Register for Digital Citizenship: Tips for Parents
  • Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities
    For the millions of Americans with disabilities, natural and human-made disasters present a substantial challenge. Fairfax County's Office of Emergency Management is committed to the inclusion of all by spreading the message of preparedness to its residents with disabilities with access and functional needs. Join the Office of Emergency Management for a discussion on emergency preparedness for your family, plans that exist in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering, and accommodations that might be needed during an emergency for your child.

    Friday, May 17, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

    Register for Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Each spring, Career and Transition Services conducts the annual Survey of School Leavers as required by Federal law. Attempts will be made to reach any student that had an IEP and left the school system during the 2017-2018 school year. Students, or their parents, will receive a phone call or electronic survey to determine if a student is currently in postsecondary education or training, employed, engaged with an adult service agency, or unengaged. Additional questions attempt to find out if a student is satisfied with their high school preparation and their current life in general. The information is confidential. In addition to reporting the data to the state Department of Education, follow-up data helps us make decisions for improving and enhancing services for students with disabilities.

During the 2018-19 school year, Assistive Technology Services (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. May sessions will include the following topics:

  • May 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Lanier Middle School
  • May 13, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Leis Center
  • May 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
  • May 21, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills Center

Extended School Year (ESY) 2019

2019 SUMMER ESY direct, class-based services will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5 will be student holidays. Site information, feeder lists, and bell schedules are now posted on the Extended School Year website

  Especially for Staff Members

Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) Scoring Event
The scoring event will be held at Virginia Hills in Alexandria on the following dates: 

  • Secondary:  April 30 and May 1, 2019
  • Elementary:  May 2 and May 3, 2019

Extended School Year (ESY) 2019

Job Opportunities
Direct, class-based ESY dates will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5 will be holidays. ESY job opportunities are available. Links to the various positions can be found on our ESY intranet website under ESY Employment Opportunities. Instructional staff contracts will begin in June, so please make note of the start date for these positions as all staff are expected to work on all contracted days.

ESY Registration
The ESY Registration Database is now available and can be accessed from our ESY intranet website. Please be sure to use Chrome as your browser.

Office of Special Education Instruction (OSEI) Trainings for Staff Members

During the month of May, OSEI is offering the following trainings for staff members. Registration is available in My PLT. For more information about OSEI trainings, visit: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/trainings/osei/

  • Adapted Physical Education Assessment Scale (APEAS II) Administration and Software Training – Course #SS-29089
  • Mandt – Course #SS-25097
  • Mandt Recertification – Course #SS-25098
  • MTSS/RI Coaching for Elementary Schools: Academics – Course #SS-60196
  • MTSS/RI Coaching for Secondary Schools – Course #SS-60197

Department of Special Services

Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Michael Bloom, Acting Director, Office of Special Education Instruction 

Office of Special Education Instruction

Special Education Update

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April 2019 Especially for Parents

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. Contact the PRC by phone at 703-204-3941, email, or visit us Monday – Friday during the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and tune into our You Tube Channel to see some of our recorded workshops. Bookmark our PRC website to stay up-to-date with all our workshops and resources.

Join Us for Our April Workshops

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 register for workshops online.

  • Technology to Support Reading and Writing: Encouraging Independence and Student Success

    Join FCPS Assistive Technology Services to explore a variety of technology tools to support student success and independence with reading and writing in the digital classroom and at home. Highlights will include common tools, strategies, and features which can be useful to support students of all ages who struggle with reading and writing. This session will be a demonstration. Participants wishing to follow along are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet, or phone and have a Google account.

    Thursday, April 4, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

    Register for Technology to Support Reading and Writing: Encouraging Independence and Student Success

  • Sibshop

    An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs! Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services, Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-5 who have siblings with special needs enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools. The workshop is a way for children to meet other siblings in a fun, recreational setting, celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs, share sibling experiences, and receive peer support. Participants may register for one, two, or all workshops. Registration is free, however, donations will be accepted to support the cost of materials and food. Registration is required and limited, please register early.

    Friday, April 5, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon

    This workshop will be held at Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031

    Register for Sibshop

  • Flash Forward: Post-Secondary Education & Employment Options

    Presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services, Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their parents an introduction to options after high school. Representatives from post-secondary and adult education employment, community programs, and services will be available. The schedule includes information tables, an overview of post-secondary options, and a breakout of workshop sessions.

    Breakout Sessions:

    • Supported Employment Options – For students who will require ongoing support after graduation.
    • Competitive Employment Options – For students with disabilities that will not require ongoing support.
    • Post-secondary Education Options – For students planning to continue their education at a 2 or 4-year college or specialized training program.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    This event will be held at Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031.

    Register for Flash Forward

  • Autism and Safety: Public Safety Considerations, Guidance for Families, Caregivers, and Self-Advocates

    Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive disabilities may not recognize danger, react well in an emergency, or be able to seek help. This workshop will provide parents and educators of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive disabilities information on safety risks for individuals with special needs, proactive steps to reduce the risk of potential dangers and resources available in the community for emergency preparedness. Scott Campbell, a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Public Safety Workgroup for Autism Awareness; Autism Safety and Awareness Trainer for families and first responder personnel in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.; former President of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia; and former President of Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) of Northern Virginia will present this important workshop.

    Friday, April 26, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

    Register for Autism and Safety

 

2019 Special Education Conference

FCPS will hold its 14th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015. This year's conference focuses on building inclusive and post-secondary practices to support the development of 21st Century skills and Portrait of a Graduate (POG) attributes.

Self-Determined Student Strand

Career and Transition Services has teamed up with “I’m Determined”, Region 4 staff to conduct a Self-Determined Student Strand at the 14th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The location of this year's conference is Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, VA 22015. This four-hour session will be led by “I’m Determined” youth leaders. It is for FCPS students, ages 14-22, with disabilities and will emphasize learning and understanding of what self-determination is and why it is important to possess and implement these skills on a daily basis. For additional information go to the Self-Determined Student Strand website.

Vision 2019

Career and Transition Services and Northern VA Community College (NOVA) are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities interested in NOVA to learn about available options.  Vision 2019 will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 4-6 p.m., at the NOVA Annandale Campus. The orientation will include presentations from Disability Services and Counseling Services, a mock NOVA classroom experience for students, and a current student panel Q&A session. NOVA Annandale Campus is located at 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. For more information students and/or parents should contact their school’s Employment and Transition Services Representative (ETR).

During the 2018-19 school year, Assistive Technology Services (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. February sessions will include the following topics:

  • April 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills
  • April 8, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Virginia Hills
  • April 10, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
  • April 23, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Lanier Middle School

Extended School Year (ESY) 2019

2019 SUMMER ESY direct, class-based services will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5 will be student holidays. Site information, feeder lists, and bell schedules are now posted on the Extended School Year website

  Especially for Staff Members

Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) Binder Turn-in

All completed VAAP Collection of Evidence (COE) are due to the Test Distribution Center (TDC) on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, so they may be prepared for scoring the following week.

Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) Scoring Event

VAAP scorer training dates for selected scorers: 

  • Monday, April 8, 2019 – Gatehouse, Rooms 3050/3051
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – Virginia Hills, Multipurpose Room

The scoring event will be held at Virginia Hills in Alexandria on the following dates: 

  • Secondary:  April 30 and May 1, 2019
  • Elementary:  May 2 and May 3, 2019

Extended School Year (ESY) Job Opportunities

Direct, class-based ESY dates will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5 will be holidays. ESY job opportunities are available. Links to the various positions can be found on our ESY intranet website under ESY Employment Opportunities. Instructional staff contracts will begin in June, so please make note of the start date for these positions as all staff are expected to work on all contracted days.

Office of Special Education Instruction (OSEI) Trainings for Staff Members

During the month of April, OSEI is offering the following trainings for staff members. Registration is available in My PLT. For more information about OSEI trainings, visit http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/trainings/osei/

  • Brigance Workshop – Course #SS-33337
  • Connecting Math Concepts – Course #SS-33247
  • Corrective Reading Comprehension – Course #SS-478987
  • Corrective Reading Decoding – Course #SS-33308
  • Reading Mastery – Course #SS-33249
  • Mandt – Course #SS-25097
  • Mandt Recertification – Course #SS-25098
  • MTSS/RI Coaching for Elementary Schools: Behavior/Wellness – Course #SS-60196

Department of Special Services

Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Irene Meier, Director, Office of Special Education Instruction 

Office of Special Education Instruction

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