Workshops for parents, educators and community members

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers FREE workshops and conferences throughout the school year!

The PRC offers training's and conferences on a wide variety of topics throughout the school year! Attend our research-based, professional workshops to learn the latest information to help your child succeed! Resources and strategies to support all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities.

All workshops are held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA, Entrance 1, Room 100, unless otherwise noted. Language interpreters and accommodations are available for all Parent Resource Center workshops upon request by contacting us at 703-204-3941 or


Mind in the Making: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky, encompasses an evidence-based list of life skills that are essential for children to succeed socially, emotionally and intellectually in the short and long term. Self-Directed, engaged learning is one of the seven essential life skills. In this workshop participants will learn strategies for improving this skill, it's importance in children's lives and activities to promote Self-Directed, engaged learning. This is part seven of seven in the Mind in the Making series. Participants may register for one or all of the workshops and do not need to attend the previous class. Registration is limited, please register early. This workshop is for adults only.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Mind in the Making: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

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 postsecondary 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 Fairfax County Public School 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 Fairfax County Public Schools 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



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.

Workshop Days

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

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

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

Collaborative IEP Meetings: Parents as Partners

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Teen Depression: What Parents Need to Know

Friday, March 29, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon


Special Education Conference

Saturday, April 6, 2019

This event will be held at Lake Braddock Secondary School

Flash Forward, Career and Transition Event

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

This event will be held at Woodson High School

Autism and Safety

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


Internet Safety: Tips for Parents

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

Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities

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