Special Education Update - May 2019

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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

Special Education Update

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March 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, 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 March 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. Learn how to implement tools such as Google Apps for Education Tools, electronic screen readers, and digital accessibility features. 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.
    Friday, March 1, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for Technology to Support Reading and Writing: Encouraging Independence and Student Success
  • Exploring Early Childhood AT Home: Assistive Technology for Preschool
    Join Assistive Technology Services to explore FREE strategies, websites, and resources to support preschool students at home. This assistive technology (AT) workshop will share ideas on how to support your early childhood student in the home environment. We will explore strategies and resources to create an accessible and interactive home for your youngest learner. Come join the PRC for a morning full of tech friendly tools for your preschooler.
    Friday, March 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for Exploring Early Childhood AT Home: Assistive Technology for Preschool
  • Technology Tools to Support Executive Functioning
    Join Assistive Technology Services to learn about technology tools to support executive functioning skills and how they may impact your child’s learning. Many students struggle with planning, organizing, and managing tasks, which impacts their academic achievement. This workshop will focus on strategies and technology tools that can help support students with executive functioning challenges and improve their independence. Learn how to use and implement technology tools such as low-tech strategies, apps, and computer-based tools to facilitate the following executive functioning skills: self-management, information management, time management, and materials management.
    Friday, March 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for Technology Tools to Support Executive Functioning
  •  Collaborative IEP Meetings: Parents as Partners
    Join us for this important workshop for parents of children receiving special education services. Parents are essential partners in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Strategies to support your role in your child's IEP meetings will be shared and highlights include: the IEP process and its components, your role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members and planning for your child's IEP meeting.
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
    Register for Collaborative IEP Meetings: Parents as Partners
  • Assistive Technology to Support Communication
    This workshop, presented by FCPS Assistive Technology Services, will feature a basic overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) best practices. Starting with a presentation of core vocabulary and communication partner modeling, this session will finish with ideas for implementing AAC across the day, including strategies to be used at home. Highlights will include AAC common tools, visual strategies and ideas for modeling language, which can be useful to support students of all ages at home and school who struggle with communication.
    Friday, March 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for Assistive Technology to Support Communication
  • Teen Depression: What Parents Need to Know
    What is Teen Depression? This workshop presented by Dr. Kathryn DeLonga, PsyD, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Mood Brain and Development Unit Psychological Treatment Program at the National Institute for Mental Health, will highlight the prevalence of major depressive disorder and how to identify depression in teenagers. A brain-based understanding of depression will be presented along with elements of recovery and strategies for treatment. Parents will be provided with strategies to use to help their teenagers.
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for Teen Depression: What Parents Need to Know

13th Annual I'm Determined Youth and Parent Summit

The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, are now accepting applications for the 13th Annual I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit. The two-day event will be held June 12-14, 2019 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth will meet to identify ways to become better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. The selected individuals and a parent or guardian will receive paid registration, dormitory accommodations, travel expenses, and meals for the three-day event. A concurrent Parent Summit for the selected participant’s parent or guardian will be held at the university. Deadline for application submission is March 8, 2019. For more information and to apply go to: https://summit.imdetermined.org/

MOVE Summit for African-American Males with Disabilities

I’m Determined is currently accepting applications for the MOVE Summit for African-American Males with Disabilities. The MOVE three-day summit will be held July 14-16, 2019 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Through utilizing state leadership and mentors, young men in grades 9-11 engage in activity-based learning and unlock their potential to overcome barriers, become self-determined, and graduate high school to be college and career ready. Concurrent parent workshops offer resources and tools to promote self-determination in their sons and increase parent engagement in the education process. The MOVE Summit is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education. All costs associated with lodging and meals are covered, as well as reimbursement for mileage to and from the event. Deadline for application submission is April 1, 2019. For more information and to apply go to: https://www.imdetermined.org/move/

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:

  • March 5, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills
  • March 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
  • March 18, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Alan Leis Center
  • March 19, 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

ESY and Assessment

Don’t forget to collect data for Extended School Year (ESY) discussions during IEP meetings. A specialist from ESY and Assessment would be glad to schedule a time to speak to school teams about ESY criteria and goal writing.

Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) Scoring Event

Selection of scorers for the VAAP Scoring Event will be completed in March 2019. Applicants will be notified if selected to score. Scorers will be required to attend one full day of scorer training and two days for the grade relevant scoring event.

VAAP scorer training dates: 

  • 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 will be available beginning February 27. 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 March, 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/

  • Mandt – Course #SS-25097
  • Mandt Recertification – Course #SS-25098
  • MTSS/RI Coaching for Elementary Schools: Behavior/Wellness – Course #SS-60196
  • MTSS/RI Coaching for Secondary Schools – Course #SS-60197

Department of Special Services

Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Irene Meier, Director, Office of Special Education Instruction 

Office of Special Education Instruction

Special Education Update

Special Education Update 3 months 3 weeks ago

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February 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 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 calling 703-204-3941, emailing at prc@fcps.edu 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 February 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 Success: A Strategic Transition for Teens Moving to Higher Grades
    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 independent thought and focus. Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and author, will present this workshop on supporting students as they transition from middle to high school. Information will be presented on helping teens finish middle school strong, build positive habits for the future, shift from guided to independent learning, effective time management, and manage their social life so it doesn't interfere with school.
    Friday, February 1, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for High School Success: A Strategic Transition for Teens Moving to Higher Grades
  • Sibshops
    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 FCPS. 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, so please register early.
    Three Workshop Days
    Monday, February 4, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon
    Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9 a.m.- noon
    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 Sibshops
  • Why Won't My Child Go to School? A Conversation about School Refusal
    Dr. Lisa Batemen, Neuroscience, Inc., presents this workshop sharing information on school refusal. Highlights include symptoms of school refusal, including behavioral symptoms, and patterns of behavior. Dr. Batemen will also share information on the differences between school refusal and truancy, causes of school refusal, strategies for parents, and resources to help support students.
    Friday, February 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for Why Won't My Child Go to School? A Conversation about School Refusal
  • Selective Mutism
    Learn about the diagnosis of Selective Mutism and how symptoms are maintained and persist. Find out ways you can successfully support your child in being brave to overcome their fear of speaking, both at school and out in the world. Dr. Kristin Swanson is a clinical psychologist, specializing in work with young children (ages 2 to 12) and their families. She works with children with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs, with a particular interest in anxiety disorders. Over the past couple of years, Dr. Swanson has developed an expertise in Selective Mutism and works to support families in helping their children overcome their fear of speaking.
    Friday, February 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
    Register for Selective Mutism

Super Transition Saturday

Planning for Elementary, Middle and High School Students: Start Smart and Finish Strong. This workshop is for parents and educators of students receiving special education services. Learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities. Breakout sessions will cover post- secondary education support services, employment and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success, and in-school CTS supports that are available to all FCPS students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their personal experiences as they navigated FCPS and the transition process.

FCPS educators register on MyPLT to receive 4.5 re-certification points. Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Snow Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

This event will be held at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042

Register for Super Transition Saturday

Special Education Conference 2019 - Save the Date

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 attributes.

The 14th Annual Special Education Conference will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015.

  • Registration will begin in February 2019.
  • Parents and Community Members will be able to register online or by phone.
  • FCPS Educators, Administrators, and Preservice Teachers can register online and earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference.
  • New Student Strand for youth ages 14-22.
  • Email prc@fcps.edu or call 703-204-3941 with questions.
  • View the Save the Date Flyer

13th Annual I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit

The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, are now accepting applications for the 13th Annual I’m Determined Youth and  Parent Summit. The two-day event will be held from June 12-14, 2019, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth will meet to identify ways to become better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. The selected individuals and a parent/guardian will receive paid registration, dormitory accommodations, travel expenses, and meals for the three-day event. A concurrent Parent Summit for the selected participant’s parent/guardian will be held at the university. Deadline for application submission is March 8th, 2019. For more information and to apply go to: https://summit.imdetermined.org/

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). Participants will learn basic programming and maintenance of the devices, as well as integration ideas. These sessions are open to both staff members 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:

  • February 5, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills
  • February 11, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Virginia Hills
  • February 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
  • February 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Alan Leis Center

Extended School Year (ESY) 2019 Save the Date

2019 Summer ESY direct, class-based services will be July 1-26, 2019. More information regarding site locations and bell schedules will be coming soon.

  Especially for Staff Members

ESY and Assessment

  • The ESY and Assessment program will be offering a training on The Nuts and Bolts of ESY. This training is for all teachers who are considering that students may require this service. You may sign up on My PLT – Course #SS-44022.
  • The ESY and Assessment program will be offering the final training in the series: Year Long Overview of the Virginia Alternate Assessment (VAAP): Putting it All Together on Monday, February 4, 2019. This training is for both new and veteran teachers of students participating in the VAAP. You may sign up on My PLT – Course #SS-44021.

Don’t forget to collect data for ESY discussions during Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings after the winter break. A specialist from ESY and Assessment would be glad to schedule a time to speak to school teams about ESY criteria and goal writing.

VAAP Scoring Event

Opportunities to apply and submit your application to score for the VAAP Scoring Event will be available February 1 – March 1, 2019. Please note that 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

Applicants will be notified if selected to score. Scorers will be required to attend one full day of scorer training and two days for the grade relevant scoring event.

VAAP Scorer training dates:

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

ESY Job Opportunities

Direct, class-based ESY dates will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5, 2019, will be holidays. ESY job opportunities will be available beginning February 13, 2019. Links to the various positions can be found on our ESY intranet website under ESY Employment Opportunities. Instructional staff member contracts will begin in June, so please make note of start date for these positions as all staff members are expected to work on all contracted days.

Applicants for teaching positions must have a special education license/endorsement.

Positions include:

  • Teacher Employment Opportunities
  • Paraprofessional and Support Employment Opportunities
  • Related Service Employment Opportunities

Updated Accommodations Information

The updated FCPS Standards of Learning (SOL) Accommodations Reference Chart with information pertaining to students with disabilities and English learners is now available online. All versions of this reference chart dated prior to November 2018 should be discarded. This chart and additional resources are available on the Office of Special Education Instruction assessment intranet site.

Four weeks before a testing window begins, special education department chairs and lead teachers are asked to work with their assessment coach/school test coordinator (AC/STC) to ensure they have the necessary accommodations information for students participating in state assessments. Please collaborate with your AC/STC to determine the most appropriate format to submit this information in a timely manner.

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

During the month of February, 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/

  • Mandt – Course #SS-25097
  • Mandt Recertification – Course #SS-25098
  • Early Childhood Special Education Staff Development Day – Course #SS-22077
  • MTSS/RI Coaching for Elementary Schools: Academics – 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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