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2021-2022 Webinars

Registration opens one month before each webinar. Sign up for our New You Choose newsletter to get an email when registration opens. Registrants will be provided a link by email on the morning of the webinar.

February 2022

What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with Disabilities

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school!

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. 

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for a month of webinars focused on planning for the future. 

Each week, webinar sessions will cover a range of topics: CTS programming and services for students with disabilities, short and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post-school success. 

This event also includes two evenings of student/parent panels where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future.

Wednesdays in February, 2022: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, & 2/23 6:30-8:30 p.m.

February 2

6:30 – 6:45    Session 1A Event/Workshop Overview                 
6:45 – 7:35     Session 1B

I’m Determined: K-12: Learn why it’s important for students with disabilities to understand and possess self-determination skills from elementary school to adulthood.

7:35 – 8:30     Session 2

CTS Special Education Programs and Services Available in FCPS 
Career and Transition Services (CTS) Overview: Learn about the different course offerings, programs, and services available from CTS. Opportunity to ask questions and interact with teacher and staff representatives. 

February 9

6:30 – 7:30     Session 1

The Arc of Northern Virginia: Transition Planning and Supported Decision-Making: Learn how to successfully plan for the move from school to the adult world, including how to empower your child or student to maximize independence and rights protection by using a chosen team of supporters. 

7:30 – 8:30     Session 2

Supporting Students Accessing Adult Services: Learn about how the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Community Services Board (CSB), and Career and Transition Services (CTS) work together to support students accessing adult service providers upon exiting FCPS. 

February 16

6:30 – 7:30     Session 1

College and Postsecondary Education Options: Understand the college planning process and learn how to find colleges/programs with the right support and services for your child or student. 

7:30 – 8:30     Session 2

My Journey - Part I: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated special education programs and services in FCPS.

The panel for Part I will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing competitive employment and higher education opportunities after exiting FCPS. 

February 23

6:30 – 7:15     Session 1

Middle School Support: This session will provide an overview of planning for your future within the IEP and a discussion about why it’s important to start that planning early. 

7:15 – 8:30     Session 2

My Journey - Part II: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated the transition process in FCPS. 

The panel for Part II will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing supported employment, group supported employment, or day support opportunities, and working with the Community Services Board (CSB) for on-going support after exiting FCPS. 
 

Register for What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with Disabilities

January 2022

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, January 24, 2022. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

  • 9 a.m-noon in-person
  • 1-2:30 p.m. virtual

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana in 1 hour: A Webinar for Families

“Everyone’s doing it” is what most teenagers will say about marijuana, but truly only about 20% of teens have used marijuana in the last 30 days. During our session, we’ll talk about a myriad of topics relating to marijuana to include: THC vs CBD, legalization vs decriminalization, the various ways marijuana can be consumed, and more. 

Discussion Highlights:

  • Legalization vs. decriminalization
  • Drug use and the pandemic
  • THC's various forms of use
  • THC through the years
  • THC vs. CBD

Join Tiffany J. Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for this important webinar.

Friday, January 28, 2022, 10-11 a.m. 

Register online for Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana in 1 hour: A Webinar for Families

December 2021

Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

December 3, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Watch Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Postsecondary Education Considerations for Students with Disabilities

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn about postsecondary education options available for students with disabilities.

Highlights include:

  • College: Two-Tear and Four-Year
  • Career and Technical Education/Trade School
  • Gap Year
  • Military
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment

December 9. 2021 10 a.m. - noon

Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Have you been thinking about a new phone, laptop, or gaming system purchase for your child?

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist, and Bethany Deemers, FCPS Mental Health Specialist.

Friday December 10, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Watch Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

November 2021

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, November 1, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Fostering Wellness at Home

How can families support student wellness at home? When we focus on the strengths of the family and child, we can find ways to navigate difficult times and challenging transitions. 

Join Bethany Demers, FCPS Mental Wellness Specialist, for this important session.

Friday, November 5, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Watch Fostering Wellness at Home

Tips to Improve Your Parenting Long Game: A Webinar for Families

Especially as the demands on parents are higher than ever during COVID, many of us can have become very reactive in our approach with our children -- addressing issues as they happen, wondering how to break out of negative cycles.

In this webinar, you'll learn proactive strategies that lead to more positive behavior outcomes AND will help you enjoy your children again.

Presented by Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE., Parenting Specialist

Friday November 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Watch Tips to Improve Your Parenting Long Game: A Webinar for Families

October 2021

Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Do you know a child, teen, or young adult in your life who is struggling with their media use? The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is here to help!

Webinar Highlights

  • Ages and Stages How Media and Technology affects your child at each stage of their development
  • Types of Media and Technology: Different Types of Devices, Apps, and platforms used by children and families
  • Health Effects: How your child's media use affects their wellbeing and development

The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU) while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Join Kristelle Lavallee Collins, MA, Senior Content Strategist from The Digital Wellness Lab.

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Watch Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Dyslexia Virtual Open House Rescheduled for October 22.

In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, FCPS will like to host our annual Open House. We share exciting updates:

  • Overview of Dyslexia Supports in FCPS

  • Updates on the Equitable Access to Literacy Plans

  • Tips to Help your Child Thrive in School

Friday, October 8, 2021, 10 - 11:00 a.m. Rescheduled for October 22.

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, October 11, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Virtual College Bootcamp for Students with Disabilities

Join Career and Transition Services online for a virtual College Bootcamp!  This virtual College Boot Camp is for students with an IEP that are graduating in 2021 and plan to attend college. Career and Transition Services staff will work with students on starting the application process.

  • Do you have an IEP?
  • Are you graduating in 2021?
  • Do you want to go to college?
  • Do you need help getting started?

THEN THIS BOOT CAMP IS FOR YOU!!!!!

Participants will:

  1. Complete a college search in Naviance 
  2. Identify and explore your top three colleges 
  3. Get familiar with the Common App ® 
  4. Determine your next steps

*Please note parents are welcome to sit in on the workshop with their students, however, this event is for students.  
*If parents are interested in learning more about postsecondary options, we encourage parents to attend FCPS Virtual College Fair on October 19, 2021, or Postsecondary Education Options in November 2021.

Monday, October 11, 2021, 12:30-3 p.m. *School Planning Day– students are not attending school 

Register for College Bootcamp for Students with Disabilities

Rewriting Your Parenting Story: A Webinar for Families

No one's parenting journey goes the way they expect. But do you feel like your story has gotten away from you? Take back the narrative of your parenting.​

After this webinar, you will have the script for a new, hope-filled story.

Webinar Highlights:

  • The importance of curiosity and ‘hearing’ our children.
  • The strength of the repair.
  •  The ‘Reset’. When we find ourselves in a rut, this is a great place to start.

Presented by Mary Smith, a local Parenting Coach

Friday October 15, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Watch Rewriting Your Parenting Story: A Webinar for Families

Moving onto Life in the Community Virtual Resource Fair

This resource fair assists parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with intellectual disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. Participants include representatives from vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living, and advocacy programs.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Parenting Through Difficult Times: A Webinar for Families (*Presented in Arabic)

الصحة النفسية والموارد المدرسية للعائلات ( تربيه الاطفال في الأوقات الصعبة: ندوة عبر الإنترنت للعائلات مقدمة باللغة العربية)

ابرز مواضيع النقاش في الندوه:

  •  الآثار النفسية التي قد تحدثها الجائحة على الأطفال.
  •  عوامل الخطر المسببه للامراض النفسيه.
  •  استراتيجيات للآباء لتعزيز سلوك طلب المساعدة والصحه النفسيه لأنفسهم ولأطفالهم.

الجمعة 29 أكتوبر 2021 10-11: 30 صباحًا
التسجيل على الإنترنت لتربية الأطفال في الأوقات الصعبة: ندوة عبر الإنترنت للعائلات مقدمة باللغة العربية برجاء استخدام الرابط للتسجيل.

سجل ل الصحة النفسية والموارد المدرسية للعائلات ( تربيه الاطفال في الأوقات الصعبة: ندوة عبر الإنترنت للعائلات مقدمة باللغة العربية)

Webinar Highlights:

  • Psychological effects a pandemic may have on children
  • Risk factors for psychological distress
  • Strategies for parents to promote help-seeking behavior and emotional well-being for themselves and their children
  • Mental health and school resources for families

Friday, October 29, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Watch Online for Parenting Through Difficult Times: A Webinar for Families *Presented in Arabic

September 2021

How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

Do you have any homework?” “I’m not sure…” “What do you mean you’re not sure? Where’s your agenda?” “I think it’s in my room...somewhere.”

Sound familiar? If you’re having this conversation multiple times each week, you’re not alone. Whether your child is in elementary school or preparing to graduate from high school, you want them to be ready and on top of their priorities. 

So why do they keep missing deadlines, losing assignments, and starting things the night before they’re due? It’s because executive functioning skills, like time management or prioritization, take time to learn. 

Webinar Highlights:

  • Ensuring kids stay on top of their schoolwork without feeling like a nag
  • Using Site maps, Google calendars, and other tools for staying organized
  • Identifying smart strategies for tracking assignments 
  • When to leave things up to your child, step in to support, or recruit outside help
  • Keeping kids engaged 
  • Opening the lines of communication


Join Ann Dolin, M.Ed. educational consultant and award-winning author to learn how you can help your child develop critical executive functioning skills this school year. Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

September 9, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.
September 10, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Watch: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years? 

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Season of Arriving and Season Growing - What parents need to know. 
  • Shared experiences of moving through a pandemic and housing shortage
  • Education Binder and how to build one
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - what to ask
  • New to Fairfax County? Connecting with your school community, other families and finding student peer support? 

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our first of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families. 

September 17, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Watch Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

How can you help your kids transition back to school? 

Learn how to:

  • Stop battles over homework and screens.
  • Overcome anxiety over school, tests, and social skills
  • Stop meltdowns and power struggles.
  • Improve focus, impulse control, and executive function.

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin will show you how to create stress-free mornings, school, dinner, and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work. 

September 23, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.
September 24, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Watch 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

August 2021

Parent to Parent: Managing Expectations for our Next Normal

*This webinar will NOT be recorded.

Are you dealing with big emotions as you get ready to start the school year?  Let's talk about what we can be doing now to help our kids, and ourselves, get ready for the start of school.

Are you searching for peer support, advice, encouragement, and resources? This webinar will offer families opportunities to learn from each other as they grow in their parenting skills. 

Discussion Highlights: 

  • End of the summer check-In
  • Share concerns, worries about transitioning back to in-person learning
  • Join us if you have any tips or resources that might be helpful for another family or if you want to get some ideas from others.

Guided by Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Manager of the Parent Resource Center, and Erika Deem, a Parent Resource Center Liaison, families will exchange ideas and strategies as we navigate our next normal. 
Come network with other families! 
 

Tuesday August 10, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.

July 2021

Teacher to Teacher: Managing our Next Normal 

Are you searching for peer support, advice, encouragement, and resources? This webinar will offer educators opportunities to learn from each other as they grow in their teaching skills. Educators build their own sense of competence and power by building relationships and connecting with other educators who share common experiences, successes, and challenges. 

Discussion Highlights:

  • Managing our own Emotional Wellness
  • Preparing Classrooms for our Next Normal
  • Thriving in the Unknown
  • Providing Social and Emotional and Mental Health Supports to our Students

Guided by Krystle Trammell, an FCPS instructional coach, teachers will exchange ideas and strategies as we return to 5 day in-person instruction. 
Come network with your colleagues!

July 29 and July 30, 2021 at 10 a.m.

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