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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year List of Workshops!

August 2019

Setting the Stage for Success: Preparing for a New School Year

After several months of fun in the sun, transitioning to a new school year can be overwhelming. Join us to learn important strategies to help kick-start your child's school year in elementary, middle, or high school.

Strategies to Prepare your family for the first weeks of school include:

  • Setting routines
  • Organizing spaces and managing time
  • Preparing for homework
  • Understanding the role of electronics

Watch Preparing for a New School Year on our Youtube Channel.

September 2019

Power Struggles: Knowing When to Walk Away

Attend this important workshop, presented by Michele Tureaud and Lori Kraden, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers, to understand characteristics of power struggles.

Highlights will include:

  • Recognizing power struggles
  • Identifying why power struggles occur
  • Strategies for parents

Friday, September 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Watch Power Struggles: Knowing When to Walk Away on our YouTube Channel.

Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated...Without Being the Bad Guy

Like any parent, you want your child to succeed. The problem is, otherwise smart and capable kids frequently find themselves stuck in a tumultuous, never-ending struggle with procrastination, motivation, and organization.

Join us for this workshop to learn how to:

  • Discover the hidden emotional causes of procrastination
  • Put good behavior on autopilot using the power of habit
  • Use “The Organizational Arsenal”: Tools and strategies to keep even the most scattered kids on track
  • Use examples of scripts to spark motivation, address problems, and communicate with your child without being labeled the “Bad Guy.”

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author. Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Friday, September 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Watch Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated...Without Being the Bad Guy on our YouTube Channel.

Voices from the IEP Table: Perspectives on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

This workshop explores the individual perspectives of IEP meeting participants who work with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

Join us for this workshop to learn:

  • Best practices for working with students with diverse backgrounds
  • Practical suggestions for improving the experiences of teams serving students with diverse backgrounds. Including:
    • Home-school communication
    • IEP Meetings
    • Cross-cultural interactions

Presented by Karrin Lukacs, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Shenandoah University and Sherry Steeley, PhD., Associate Professor at Georgetown University

Friday, September 27, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

October 2019

Post-Secondary Education Options: Parent Coffee & Conversation

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn about post-secondary concerns for students contemplating college.

Highlights will include:

  • Disclosure
  • Accessing Accommodations
  • Disability Support Services
  • Differences Between High School and College

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

From Chaos to Calm: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles

Please join Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, for a laugh-out-loud funny presentation filled with practical, concrete strategies to restore calm in your home and stop the power struggles.

Perfect for parents of children ages 2 – 22!

  • Get your kids to listen the first time.
  • Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling.
  • Stop whining, tantrums, and sibling fights.
  • Get kids off screens without a fight.
  • Create stress-free mornings, homework time, and bedtime.

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Watch From Chaos to Calm: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles on our YouTube Channel

Mastering the Process of School: Helping Students Build Study and Organization Skills

Executive Functioning (EF) skills, such as time-management, materials organization, planning, and prioritization, and initiating and completing work, are critical for student success in school and in life. Students with executive function challenges can have difficulty fully demonstrating their knowledge and strengths.

Join us for this workshop to learn:

  • What is Executive Functioning?
  • What strategies can I use to help my child develop stronger Executive Functioning skills?

This session will both define and provide explicit strategies to help bolster these essential skills for students accessing a challenging curriculum or high-incidence support.

Presented by Lindsey Thoms, M.Ed., Kathy Essig, M.Ed., and Deborah Rosen of The StudyPro.

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

Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities

Don’t miss this FREE Resource Fair for students with disabilities and their parents!

Learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options. This resource fair is for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.

  • 6:30-6:45 p.m. Registration - Participants and Adult Service Providers
  • 6:45-7:15 p.m. Overview Presentation (Little Theater)
  • 7:15-8:45 p.m. Adult Service Provider Fair/Exhibits (Cafeteria)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30-8:45 p.m. at Lake Braddock SS

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth

It can be so hard to watch someone close to you destroy themselves with drugs and alcohol. Learn how to deal with being hurt by your loved ones and how you can support them in their darkest moments.

  • Local substance abuse expert, Sam Lucania, with support from FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness, will share some of his life experiences and lessons learned.
  • Learn how to improve your ability to handle the unexpected influences in your child’s life.
  • He will have you learn that there is indeed hope in recovery and that we can turn our lives around when we take the right steps.
  • Learn the signs and strategies to support and help your child.

Friday, October 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Watch Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today's Youth on our YouTube Channel

Dyslexia Open House

Browse exhibit tables and learn about next steps for FCPS students with dyslexia.

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10-11 a.m.

Helping your Child Cope with Stress

As parents, we want to shield our children from stress and adversity as much as possible. However, we cannot protect them from everything; everyone will face challenges in his or her life. What we can do is give them the skills necessary to face those stresses and challenges head-on, to learn from them, and to grow in strength and maturity as a result.

Join Dr. Lisa Bateman, Clinical Psychologist, in this important session that will focus on:

  • Recognizing stress in children
  • Building resiliency skills
  • The role of mindfulness and executive functioning skills

Friday, October 25, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Watch Helping your Child Cope with Stress on our YouTube Channel

Future Quest: College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students

Future Quest is a FREE college and career conference held every two years for middle and high school students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them. The conference is organized by George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition. One of the largest events of its kind in Virginia, Future Quest features more than 40 workshops and 40 exhibits related to a successful life after high school.

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at George Mason University Johnson Center

November 2019

Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope

Dr. Ramaris German, Ph.D., Psychologist and Ms. Wanda Wheeler, Mental Health Clinician from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), will present this important workshop for parents of irritable children and youth.

They will highlight:

  • Understanding appropriate vs. inappropriate levels of irritability
  • The psychological processes that underlie irritability
  • The impact on home and school for children with irritability
  • Strategies for children and youth to use to cope
  • Current NIMH studies on irritability in children

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

Sibshops

An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs!

*Registration must be completed separately for each session.

Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age

For parents who didn't grow up with smartphones but can't let go of them now, expert advice on raising kids in our constantly connected world. This presentation will focus how to help kids navigate friendships, bullying, dating, self-esteem, and more online.

  • Using social media to enhance connection with friends and family, instead of following strangers and celebrities
  • Finding online support and community for conditions such as depression and eating disorders
  • Learning and developing life skills through technology--for example, by problem-solving in online games--while avoiding inappropriate content

Presented by Juliana Miner, public health expert and the creator of the popular blog Rants from Mommyland.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Watch Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age on our YouTube Channel

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey

Attend this important workshop, presented by Julia Calhoun and Katie Boxer, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers to understand characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Does your child have a new diagnosis?
  • Do you suspect your child may have Autism?

Highlights will include:

  • Understanding the unique learning styles of students with Autism.
  • Effective strategies to use in the home and classroom.
  • Examine examples of resources.

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

Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School

Topics Include:

  • 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?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School

Building Success in Physical Education

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
  • Modify games to enhance success
  • Reinforce the adaptive skills students need to be successful in PE:
    • Taking turns and following rules
    • Participating in group games and interacting interact with peers

Presented by Phyllis Orner, FCPS Adapted PE Specialist, Manda Tirado and Christy Stone, FCPS Adapted PE Teachers

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

Register for Building Success in Physical Education

Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs

Transform feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious and stressed to calm, confident and compassionate. Learn tools and techniques to navigate turbulent waters and times of change within your home and family life.

Major Life Changes can make you feel out of control:

  • A Job Change/Loss
  • A Move
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Addition of a family member or sibling to the home
  • Death
  • Mental/physical illness
  • Child leaving the home

Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional.

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

Register for Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life's Ups and Downs

December 2019

Zones of Regulation

Rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, the Zones of Regulation is a framework that uses four colors to help students identify their feelings and level of alertness and provides strategies to support emotional regulation. By understanding how to notice their body’s signals, detect triggers, read social context, and consider how their behaviors impact those around them, students learn improved emotional control, sensory regulation, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the four Zones, corresponding feelings and visuals to reinforce this language at home.
  • Explore calming and alerting strategies to teach children how to become aware of and manage their emotions.
  • Discuss individual needs in a collaborate group setting.

Presented by Emily Habermeyer and Paula Augenstein, FCPS School Counselors.

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Zones of Regulation

Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture

We all want our children to feel good about themselves and meet their full potential. But how can we raise children with healthy self-esteem when they compare themselves to others and believe they aren't doing or being enough… no matter how successful they are?

Participants will learn:

  • Where self-esteem comes from
  • Practical strategies to help children improve their self-esteem
  • Why some strategies we usually use to improve self-esteem may backfire
  • 3 simple actions used to improve your child’s self-esteem today and, in the future

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

Friday, December 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture

Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know

Twice-exceptional (2e) learners have exceptional strengths and exceptional learning challenges. Please join us to learn what FCPS is doing to provide schools and families with insight and guidance to support the identification, instruction, and social-emotional wellness of 2e students.

During this workshop, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the joys and challenges of twice-exceptionality.
  • Review newly published FCPS resources created to support families and schools.
  • Talk to other parents of 2e learners.

Presented by Ms. Beth Baldwin, FCPS Advanced Academic Specialist and Ms. Dawn Azennar FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher.

Friday, December 13, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know

January 2020

 

The IEP Transition Plan: Post-Secondary Planning in Middle and High School

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. Have in-depth conversations with CTS staff, and get answers to these questions:

  • What should parents look for?
  • What questions should you ask the school team?
  • What questions should you ask your son or daughter?
  • What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy?
  • How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning?

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon. Check registration form for location selections.

Register for The IEP Transition Plan: Post-Secondary Planning in Middle and High School

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors

Parenting can be difficult, but it is even more stressful when children refuse to follow directions, throw tantrums, and are continuously disruptive. Sometimes parents find themselves at a loss for successful strategies.

Join us in this important session that will focus on:

  • Reasons for challenging behaviors
  • Recognizing and preventing power struggles
  • Recognizing and encouraging appropriate behaviors
  • Communicating effectively with your child

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

Friday, January 10, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors

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 1/16/20
  • Session 2: Focus and Self-Control 1/23/20
  • Session 3: Perspective Taking 1/30/20
  • Session 4: Communicating 2/6/20
  • Session 5: Making Connections 2/13/20
  • Session 6: Critical Thinking 2/20/20
  • Session 7: Taking on Challenges 2/27/20
  • Session 8: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning 3/5/20

Register for the Mind in the Making Series

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment and Research Upodate

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 here 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 fosters 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.

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: Patricia 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

February 2020

Registration Opens 1/6/20

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 how 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.

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 Michele Tureaud, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teacher.

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

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 postsecondary support services.
  • Employment and postsecondary 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.

Anticipated: Saturday, February 21, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School

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 Maria Genova, FCPS Senior Psychologist and Laura Thieman, FCPS Senior Social Worker.

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

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 1/16/20
  • Session 2: Focus and Self-Control 1/23/20
  • Session 3: Perspective Taking 1/30/20
  • Session 4: Communicating 2/6/20
  • Session 5: Making Connections 2/13/20
  • Session 6: Critical Thinking 2/20/20
  • Session 7: Taking on Challenges 2/27/20
  • Session 8: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning (3/5/20)

March 2020

Registration Opens 2/1/20

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 1/16/20
  • Session 2: Focus and Self-Control 1/23/20
  • Session 3: Perspective Taking 1/30/20
  • Session 4: Communicating 2/6/20
  • Session 5: Making Connections 2/13/20
  • Session 6: Critical Thinking 2/20/20
  • Session 7: Taking on Challenges 2/27/20
  • Session 8: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning (3/5/20)

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.

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 Drug Education teacher.

Friday, March 20, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Sibshops

An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs!

*Registration must be completed separately for each session.

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, Owner of The Wise Family Counseling & Assessment Services in Alexandria and Arlington.

Friday, March 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

April 2020

Registration Opens 3/1/20

Digital Citizenship Series Part 1: What Technology Does My Child Need for School?

Friday, April 24, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education & Employment Options

Flash Forward will provide students with IEP’s and their parents an introduction to options after high school. Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment, community programs and services will be available.

Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m Information Tables
  • 7:30 – 7:45 Overview of Postsecondary Options
  • 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Breakout Workshop Sessions

Choose the workshop that is right for you:

  • 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
  • Postsecondary Education Options: For students planning to continue their education at a 2- or 4- year college or specialized training program

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Woodson High School

May 2020

Registration Opens 4/1/20

Digital Citizenship Series Part 2: When to Introduce Social Media

Friday, May 1, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Digital Citizenship Series Part 3: Hot topics

Friday, May 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Setting the Stage for Summer Success

Friday, May 15, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

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