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 prc@fcps.edu.

December

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 Individual 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.

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Collaborative IEP Meetings: Parents as Partners

January

Mind in the Making: Focus and Self Control

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. Focus and self control 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 focus and self control. This is part one 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, January 8, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Mind in the Making: Focus & Self Control

Coping Strategies for Anxious Children, National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will present this important workshop for parents of anxious children ages 8-17. Highlights include how to help children with anxiety, when anxiety becomes a disorder, strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders and stress reduction tools. Participants will also hear about current NIMH studies on anxiety in children.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Coping Strategies for Anxious Children, National Institute of Mental Health

Mind in the Making: Perspective Taking

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. Perspective taking 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 perspective taking. This is part two 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, January 15, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Mind in the Making: Perspective Taking

Mind in the Making: Communicating

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. Communicating 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 communicating. This is part three 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, January 22, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Mind in the Making: Communicating

Introduction to Special Education

This workshop is provided for parents NEW to special education. Topics covered included: what is special education, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Introduction to Special Education

Mind in the Making: Making Connections

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. Making connections 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 making connections. This is part four 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, January 29, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Mind in the Making: Making Connections

February

High School Success: A Strategic Transition for Teens Moving to Higher Grades

Friday, February 1, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Mind in the Making: Critical Thinking

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. Critical thinking 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 critical thinking. This is part five 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 5, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Mind in the Making: Critical Thinking

Why Won't My Child Go to School? A Conversation about School Refusal

Friday, February 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Mind in the Making: Taking on Challenges

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. Taking on challenges 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 taking on challenges. This is part six 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 12, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Mind in the Making: Taking on Challenges

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

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Super Transition Saturday

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location to be determined

March

Technology Series Workshops

Friday, March 1, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Friday, March 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Friday, March 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Friday, March 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Topics will be announced closer to the registration date

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 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

April

Special Education Conference

Saturday, April 6, 2019

This event will be held at Lake Braddock Secondary School

Flash Forward, Career and Transition Event

Wednesday, April 10, 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

May

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