Special Education Update - March 2020

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March 2020

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS   February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center (PRC)

Our February workshops are listed below. Click the workshop title to register. 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.

  • 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?
    Presented by Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Manager of the FCPS Parent Resource Center, and Susan Kannengiesser, FCPS Procedural Support Liaison.
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon. Will be recorded for the PRC YouTube Channel.
  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping: What Every Parent Needs to Know
    Talking with your teen or young adult can be challenging. Having meaningful, ongoing conversations about drugs and alcohol, however, is key to helping keep your son or daughter healthy and safe.
    Presentation highlights:
    • Current trends in substance use and abuse.
    • Image of substances on physical and emotional development.
    • Paraphernalia display and discussion.
    • Tools for parents.
    Presented by Brian Maslowski, FCPS Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs teacher.
    Friday, March 20, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Sibshops
    An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs!
    • Session 3: Saturday, March 21, 2020. This session will be held at Gums Springs Community Center and Providence Community Center.
  • Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood
    A recent survey of young adults in the US reported that nearly 45% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 now live with their parents – even though they are employed.
    This session will provide:
    • 10 tips to help launch your young adult successfully into adulthood.
    • Strategies to teach your child “soft” employment, money management, and communication/self-advocacy skills.
    Presented by Dr. Amy Fortney Parks, LPC, ACS, founder and owner of The Wise Family – Counseling & Assessment services in Alexandria and Arlington.
    Friday, March 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon. Will be recorded for the PRC YouTube Channel.
  • Fitness Activities: A Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child Moving
    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.
    You will learn how to:
    • Motivate your child to be physically active.
    • Use provided games to enhance movement while reinforcing the adaptive skills students need to be successful in PE.
    Presented by Phyllis Orner, FCPS Adapted PE Specialist, and Manda Tirado and Christy Slone, FCPS Adapted PE Teachers.
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
Lending Library

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

Sample of materials available for checkout:

  • It’s Hard to be a Verb!, by Julia Cook.
    When Louis has trouble paying attention and sitting still, his mother has a few ideas to help him focus.
  • Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool, by Hal Edward Runkel, LMFT.
    Introduces a practical approach to parenting that explains how to overcome the stresses and anxieties of parenting by learning how to relate to children in a calm, cool, and connected way. (CD)
  • Ages and Stages: A Parent’s Guide to Normal Childhood Development, by Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo.
    Tips and techniques for building your child’s social, emotional, interpersonal, and cognitive skills.
  • A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban.
    Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.
  • Train Your Angry Dragon: A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids About Emotions and Anger Management (My Dragon Books), Volume 2, by Steve Herman.
    Andrew explains the unique problems involved in having a dragon for a pet – particularly the dangers that an angry dragon poses.
  • Hot Stones and Funny Bones: Teens Helping Teens Cope with Stress and Anger, by Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.
    Provides an inside look at ways in which teens cope with their stress and anger, such as keeping a journal, meditating, or having a good laugh, and includes advice for parents and other teens.
  • Real Life ADHD! A DVD Survival Guide for Children and Teens (DVD), by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy and Alex Zeigler.
    Real Life ADHD! contains first-hand real experience direct from the hearts of young people who have lived with ADHD.
  • Children and Divorce: Children Teaching Children About Divorce (DVD), by Professor Child.
    By sharing their personal stories and perspectives, the eight children featured in this video offer advice, hope, and a relatable message to other children coping with divorce.
  • Last One Picked…First One Picked On: Learning Disabilities and Social Skills (DVD), by Richard D. Lavoie.
    Playing with friends is a happy ritual for most children, but kids with learning disabilities are often isolated and rejected, lacking the social skills to make and keep friends. Richard Lavoie shows how to help these kids succeed in every-day situations.
  • I Can Do That!: A Book on Self-Regulation, by Kayla J. W. Marnach.
    Told through rhyme from a child’s point of view, strategies are shared empowering the child to effectively learn and practice ways they can control their emotions and actions when they feel themselves becoming dysregulated. The questions at the end of the book provide an easy transition for counselors and parents to open a discussion, assisting the child in exploring ways they can learn to manage themselves.
About the Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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. March sessions will include the following topics:

  • March 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
  • March 20, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Leis Center
  • March 23, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Leis Center
  • March 26, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills Center
Extended School Year (ESY)

ESY 2020 direct, class-based service dates will be June 29 – July 24, 2020. July 3 will be a holiday. Information regarding site locations and bell schedules is available on the ESY website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/special-education-instruction/extended-school-year-esy-services .

Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD)

The ACSD monthly meeting will take place on March 11th  at Dunn Loring Center in room 108 beginning at 7 p.m.  The major purpose of the ACSD is to provide an opportunity for parents and other school board appointees on the committee to have a voice in the way FCPS provides services to students with disabilities. The ACSD is an extension of the FCPS school board since members are appointed by them, and the ACSD provides an annual report and recommendations to the school board.  For more information, please visit the ACSD website at https://www.fcps.edu/committee/advisory-committee-students-disabilities-acsd-2019-20 .

  ESPECIALLY FOR STAFF MEMBERS   Assistive Technology Services (ATS)
  • Building Self Determination
    In the Building Self Determination TOPS Group, teachers will develop an understanding of the elements of self-determination and the I’m Determined Project in order to better support students’ growth in advocacy for themselves and others at home, school, and in the community. Participants will also learn about the AT Ambassador Program and the ways that FCPS students are already working to increase inclusive models in their schools. Teachers of students from elementary through transition aged students who participate will use, adapt, and/or create resources that will be shared on the ATS website. All course information and communications are delivered through FCPS Google Classroom. Online from March 2 to April 3, 2020.
  • Learning Ally
    Join this online opportunity to explore Learning Ally. We will cover a review of basics, new features, engaging your students, growing your community, and reading incentives. You will need to have access to Learning Ally to get the most out of this group. All course information and communications are delivered through FCPS Google Classroom. Online from March 3 to March 31, 2020.
Career and Transition Services (CTS)
  • Transition Tip Tuesday: Transition Goals and Benchmarks
    As part of an initiative this school year, Career and Transition Services (CTS) will provide monthly mini trainings for special education staff in the high schools. On the first Tuesday of each month, CTS will deliver targeted and relevant information to school staff regarding effective transition planning. For March, the topic focus is on school-based transition services.
  • Transition Works: Start Smart – Finish Strong (#AC-2659)
    CTS is offering this 1 credit Academy Course (30 points) this spring.  Participants enrolled in this course will understand the intent behind IDEA mandates specific to post-secondary preparation. If you are an educator who works with students with disabilities or aspires to work in special education and are interested in improving post-secondary outcomes through transition services, consider taking this course. The five-session course will be held on Wednesdays through the month of March (March 4, 11, 18, and 25), ending on April 1. Class will be held from 4:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Course registration is in MyPDE. If you have any questions, contact course instructors Sharon Denisar (SADenisar@fcps.edu) or Sue Eaton (seeaton@fcps.edu). 
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.

  • ESY Job Opportunities
    ESY Direct, class-based service dates will be June 29 – July 24, 2020. July 3 will be a holiday. Job opportunities are available now. A link to the various positions can be found on our intranet site at: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/sei/esy/ under ESY Job 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.
  • Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)
    Selection of scorers for the VAAP Scoring Event will be completed in March 2020. 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, March 30, 2020 – Willow Oaks, Room 1000-B
      • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Willow Oaks, Room 1000-B
    • VAAP binder turn-in deadline: April 15, 2020 – Test Distribution Center (TDC)
    • VAAP scoring event dates:
      • Secondary: April 21-22, 2020 – Virginia Hills
      • Elementary: April 23-24, 2020 – Virginia Hills
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 MyPDE. For more information about OSEI trainings, visit: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/trainings/osei/

  • Building Independence – Course #SS-33275
  • Building Literacy Opportunities Using Story-Based Lessons – Course #SS-33112
  • Collaborative Team Lead Trainings – Course #SS-22089
  • Connecting Math Concepts – Course #SS-33247
  • Corrective Reading Decoding & Comprehension – Course #SS-27050
  • High Leverage Practices for Cat B – Course #SS-33349
  • Reading Mastery – Course #SS-33249

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Department of Special Services

Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Michael Bloom, Director, Office of Special Education Instruction 

Office of Special Education Instruction

Special Education Update - February 2020

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February 2020

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS   February 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.

  • Preschool Transition to Kindergarten for Students with Disabilities The transition to Kindergarten is a big one for kids and can be even more so for children with disabilities. Please join us to discuss now parents can collaborate with FCPS to ensure their students have a smooth transition to Kindergarten


    Presentation highlights:

    • How are special education services provided in Kindergarten?
    • What does the continuum of services look like?
    • Overview of the reevaluation process.
    • What happens at the transition IEP?
    • Transportation for school age children.

    Presented by Kurt Soderstrom and Laurie Andrews, FCPS Special Education Preschool teachers.

    Friday, February 7, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

    Register for Preschool Transition to Kindergarten for Students with Disabilities

  • Fostering Protective Factors in Children and Adolescents to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness

    Every adult can foster protective factors and build resiliency in children and adolescents.

    Topics include:

    • What does the Fairfax County Youth Survey data show us?
    • Identifying protective factors and assets (Three to Succeed).
    • Strategies for building protective factors and assets.
    • Understanding resilience and how to increase your child’s ability to respond to challenges.

    Presented by Ryan Dickerson, FCPS Psychologist and Jenn Spears, FCPS Mental Wellness Specialist.

    Thursday, February 13, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

    Register for Fostering Protective Factors in Children and Adolescents to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents
    Join Dr. Lisa M. Cullins, attending physician in the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, for this highly informative workshop. She will provide current research on:
    • Diagnostic criteria.
    • Signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as manifested in children and adolescents.
    • Treatment options, resources, and collaborations.

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

    Register for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents

  • Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity Learn important strategies to help form a positive relationship with your teen.

    Topics include:
    • Understanding the development of the teen brain.
    • Recognizing ways to create a positive climate in the home.
    • Identifying constructive discipline approaches.
    • Increasing more productive and effective communication strategies.

    Presented by Michel Tureaud, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teacher.

    Friday, February 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

    Register for Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity

  • Career and Transition Services Super Transition Saturday
    It is never too early or too late to start planning for a successful transition from school life to life as a young adult. Join us to learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities.

    Breakout sessions will cover:

    • In-school as well as post-secondary support services.
    • Employment and post-secondary education considerations.
    • Student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success.

    This event will also include a student/parent panel where members describe their personal experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and the transition process. New this year will be the opportunity to sit with professionals well versed in transition planning to answer your questions during the “Ask an Expert” Q & A.

    Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School.

    Register for Career and Transition Services Super Transition Saturday

  • Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities
    In the past couple of decades, there has been an explosion of new understanding about how and why adversity and trauma can reliably predict risks for mental, physical, behavioral health, and productivity in the population.

    This is great news! What’s predictable is preventable! We can understand how protection, prevention, and resilience promotion can profoundly improve health, safety, and productivity, as well as reduce public and private costs now and for generations to come.

    The presentation includes in-depth information about:

    • The neurobiological effects of adversity on development.
    • The impacts of childhood adversity and trauma on population health.
    • Resilience – what we can all do to improve health and well-being across the lifespan.

    Presented by Karen Brown, FCPS Psychologist, Sarah Ince, FCPS Social Worker, and Jenna White from the Fairfax County Council of PTA’s.

    Friday, February 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

    Register for Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities

  • Mind in the Making Series (Currently full but waitlist is available.) At this workshop you will learn the research behind the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Learn strategies for improving these skills, the importance of them in children’s lives, and activities to promote these evidence-based executive functioning skills.

    *Registration includes attendance at all 8 sessions, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Session 1: Introduction – January 16, 2020
    • Session 2: Focus and Self-Control – January 23, 2020
    • Session 3: Perspective Taking – January 30, 2020
    • Session 4: Communicating – February 6, 2020
    • Session 5: Making Connections – February 13, 2020
    • Session 6: Critical Thinking – February 20, 2020
    • Session 7: Taking on Challenges – February 27, 2020
    • Session 8: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning – March 5, 2020

    Register for the Mind in the Making Series (Waitlist)

 

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program

Empowering Parents, Educating Children, Investing in the Future

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school. With HIPPY, parents build on their capacity to be their child’s first teacher and strengthen the parent-child relationship.

HIPPY is a free program for parents of preschoolers who are two, three, or four years old and who want to instruct their children at home. Parents will learn to engage their children in activities related to:

  • Shapes and Colors
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Language Development

Parents meet with a HIPPY-trained home instructor for an hour each week, October through May. Meetings take place in the parent’s home or with a small group of parents at a central location.

Parents receive:

  • Age-appropriate activity packets to use with their children at home
  • Nine story books
  • A set of 20 geometric shapes
  • Other supplies

HIPPY home instructors are members of the communities they serve. Their knowledge of the community allows them to connect with parents, understand the challenges they face, and develop a trusting relationship with them.

You may enroll in HIPPY by telephone if:

  • You reside in Fairfax County.
  • Your child has celebrated a second, third, or fourth birthday before the start of the program (September 30).
  • Your child is not already enrolled in Head Start.

At some HIPPY sites, the following may be required:

  • English must be the family’s second language.
  • Certain income guidelines must be met.

For questions and additional information, contact:

Elisabeth Bruzon, EMBruzon@fcps.edu, 703-204-4350

Juanita Gladys, JGladys@fcps.edu, 703-204-4307

 

Lending Library

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

Some books available for checkout:

  1. From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears
  2. Self-Regulation & Mindfulness: Over 82 Exercises & Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, & Autism Spectrum Disorder
  3. 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning & Behavior
  4. Grandparent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Making the Most of the Time at Nana’s House
  5. Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond – and How Parents Can Help.
  6. Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community
  7. Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community: A Handy Reference Guide for Parents and Caregivers
  8. Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress
About the Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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. February sessions will include the following topics:

  • February 7, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Leis Center
  • February 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Virginia Hills Center
  • February 11, 2020, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
  • February 24, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills Center
Career and Transition Services

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 Annual I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit. This three-day event will be held June 10-12, 2020 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Youth (ages 13-21) with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. Parents/guardians of accepted youth attend a Parent Summit. Those attending have an opportunity to network with other parents and professionals and receive information about the newest regulations, programs, and practices. Deadline for application submission is February 15, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. For more information and to apply go to: http://www.imdetermined.org/youth-summit/

Extended School Year (ESY)

Save the Date: 2020 ESY direct, class-based service dates will be June 29 – July 24, 2020. July 3 will be a holiday. Information regarding site locations and bell schedules is now available on the ESY website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/special-education-instruction/extended-school-year-esy-services .

  ESPECIALLY FOR STAFF MEMBERS   Assistive Technology Services (ATS)

AIM-VA

Do you work with students who the limitations of print materials are the barrier to their success? Students with a documented visual, physical, or print disability (IEP) may require accessible instructional materials. Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) are printed textbooks, trade books, and other educational materials that are converted to alternate formats (Braille, Large Print, Electronic/Digital Text, and Audio Recordings). IEP teams are required to consider whether a student requires materials in an alternate format. If you are interested in learning all about AIM, this professional development module is for you! AIM provides a guided exploration of some basic tools and strategies that will help provide your students with the tools they need. All course information and communications are delivered through FCPS Google Classroom.

Online from February 4, 2020 to March 1, 2020.

Register for the AIM-VA professional development module in MyPDE

Career and Transition Services (CTS)

Transition Tip Tuesday: Transition Goals and Benchmarks

As part of an initiative this school year, Career and Transition Services (CTS) will provide monthly mini trainings for special education staff in the high schools. On the first Tuesday of each month, CTS will deliver targeted and relevant information to school staff regarding effective transition planning. For February, the topic focus is on writing measurable transition goals with reachable benchmark objectives.

ESY and Assessment

Transition Tip Tuesday: Transition Goals and Benchmarks

Save the Date: 2020 ESY direct, class-based service dates will be June 29 – July 24, 2020. July 3 will be a holiday. Site information, feeder lists, and bell schedules are now posted on the ESY website at: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/sei/esy/ . ESY job opportunities will be available beginning mid-February and hiring will begin in March. Links to the various positions can be found (when available) on our intranet site under ESY Job 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 February, OSEI is offering the following trainings for staff members. Registration is available in MyPDE. For more information about OSEI trainings, visit: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/trainings/osei/

  • Collaborative Team Lead Trainings – Course #SS-22089
  • Facilitating Effective and Successful IEP Meetings – Course #SS-29103

Note: Intranet access is required to open some of the links in this email. If you're using a mobile device or working remotely, you can connect to the intranet via the Pulse Secure VPN (Virtual Private Network). Email RequestIT@fcps.edu with questions.

Department of Special Services

Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Michael Bloom, Director, Office of Special Education Instruction 

Office of Special Education Instruction

Special Education Update - January 2020

Special Education Update 3 months ago

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January 2020

Especially for Parents January 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.

  • Mind in the Making Series
    At this workshop you will learn the research behind the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Learn strategies for improving these skills, the importance of them in children’s lives, and activities to promote these evidence-based executive functioning skills.
    *Registration includes attendance at all sessions, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Session 1: Introduction – January 16, 2020
    • Session 2: Focus and Self-Control – January 23, 2020
    • Session 3: Perspective Taking – January 30, 2020
    • Session 4: Communicating – February 6, 2020
    • Session 5: Making Connections – February 13, 2020
    • Session 6: Critical Thinking – February 20, 2020
    • Session 7: Taking on Challenges – February 27, 2020
    • Session 8: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning – March 5, 2020
    Register for the Mind in the Making Series

  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment, and Research Update
    Join Dr. Lisa M. Cullins, attending physician in the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health for this highly informative workshop. She will provide current research on:
    • Diagnostic criteria.
    • Signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder as manifested in children and adolescents.
    • Treatment options, resources, and collaborations.
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
    Register for Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment, and Research Update

  • Calm Conversations with Your Adolescent
    As parents of adolescents, we can often find ourselves in the throes of emotion and reactivity; we can say or do things that escalate the situation.
    Join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional in this important workshop to learn tools to take yourself off of the emotional roller coaster and engage in ways that are helpful and supportive.
    • Explore ways to set boundaries that foster loving and safe communication.
    • Learn strategies to feel connected and calm rather than frazzled and overwhelmed.
    Friday, January 24, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
    Register for Calm Conversations with Your Adolescent

  • Sibshops
    An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs!
    *Registration must be completed separately for each session.
    Session 2: Tuesday, January 28, 2020. This session will be held at Gums Springs Community Center and Providence Community Center.
    Session 3: Saturday, March 21, 2020.
    Register for Sibshops

  • Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths
    This session focuses on ways parents can prepare students diagnosed with ADHD to be successful in the 21st Century workforce.
    Topics will include:
    • Identifying and building on existing strengths.
    • Strategies for developing executive functioning skills.
    • Ways to cultivate emotional intelligence.
    Presented by Patrick M. Hudak, PCC, BCC, Certified ADHD/Executive Function Coach at PathFinder Coaching & Tutoring LLC, President-Elect, CHADD Board of Directors.
    Friday, January 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.
    Register for Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths

Lending Library

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:

  • How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years, by Julie Ross
  • Straight Talk for Kids: 10 Secrets to Get the Power & Freedom You Want, by Kirk Martin
  • 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Guide, by Christine Fonseca
  • Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner
  • Back to Front and Upside Down, by Claire Alexander
  • The BugaBees: Friends with Food Allergies, by Amy Recob
  • Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, by Kelly Bennett
  • Upside Down Magic: Sticks & Stones, by Sarah Mylnowski
About The Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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. January sessions will include the following topics:

  • January 7, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills Center
  • January 13, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Virginia Hills Center
  • January 14, 2020, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
  • January 21, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Leis Center
Career and Transition Services

Transition IEP Workshop: Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School  

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. At each location, there will be a panel of CTS staff members, school counselors, procedural support liaisons, and parents to answer questions about what you should look for, questions to ask the school team, questions to ask your child, and what role the IEP plays in increasing self-advocacy. You can register and find more information at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Workshop offered at the following locations:

Heritage Center
Conference Rooms A & B
7611 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Northwest Center
Conference Room 600A
1850 Cameron Glen Drive
Reston, VA 20190

South County Government Center
Conference Rooms A & B
8350 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22309

Extended School Year (ESY)

Save the Date: 2020 ESY direct, class-based service dates will be June 29 – July 24, 2020. More information regarding site locations and bell schedules will be coming soon.

Especially for Staff Members Assistive Technology Services (ATS) ESY and Assessment

The ESY and Assessment program will be offering two trainings on January 28, 2020:

  • Extended School Year (ESY): Navigating the Guidelines and Procedures for Schools. Sign up on MyPDE – Course #44022.
  • The Virginia Alternate Assessment (VAAP): Putting it all Together. This training will focus on compiling the collection of evidence (COE). Sign up on MyPDE – Course #44021.

Save the Date: 2020 ESY direct, class-based service dates will be June 29 – July 24, 2020. More information for staff regarding start dates and job opportunities will be coming soon.

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

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

  • A Framework for Adapting Fiction and Non-fiction Texts for Students who Receive Category B Services – Course #SS-33294
  • Brigance: Administration and Application – Course #SS-33326
  • Building Independence – Course #SS-33275
  • Building Literacy Skills for Learners at the Pre-Symbolic Stage at the Secondary School Level – Course #SS-33293
  • Connecting Math Concepts – Course #SS-33247
  • Corrective Reading Decoding & Comprehension – Course #SS-27050
  • Early Childhood January County-Wide Staff Development – Course #SS-22077
  • Elementary Category B ABA Hands-On Refresher – Course #SS-33296
  • Extended School Year (ESY): Navigating the Guidelines and Procedures for Schools – Course #SS-44021
  • Fundations Level 1 – Course #SS-27003
  • Fundations Level 2 – Course #SS-27003
  • Providing Resource Services in the Natural Environment – Course #SS-22096
  • Reading Mastery – Course #SS-33249
  • Read Well K-3 – Course #SS-27077
  • Transmath – Course #SS-27087
  • Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP): Putting It All Together – Course #SS-44022
  • VMATH – Course #SS-25056

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Department of Special Services

Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Michael Bloom, Director, Office of Special Education Instruction 

Office of Special Education Instruction

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