Special Education Conference 2019

Supporting Inclusive and Post-Secondary Practices for Students with Disabilities

Schedule | Keynote | Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Exhibitors | Parking Information

FCPS will hold its 14th Annual Special Education Conference from 7:45 a.m - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The location of this year's conference is Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015. Email prc@fcps.edu or call 703-204-3941 with questions.

Registration is now open!

FCPS will hold its 14th Annual Special Education Conference from 7:45 a.m - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th at Lake Braddock Secondary School

Self-Determined Student Strand

This year we will have a four hour conference led by “I’m Determined” youth leaders for students with disabilities. It will emphasize learning and understanding of what self-determination is and why it is important to possess and implement these skills on a daily basis.

Conference Schedule

Time Event
7:45-8:30 a.m. Registration 
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Breakfast/Lunch concessions available for purchase.
Breakfast: Bagels, Doughnuts, Coffee, Chips/candy, Drinks 
Lunch: Pizza, Hot dogs, Pretzels, Coffee, Chips/candy, Drinks
8:30-10 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Self-Determined Student Strand 
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Exhibit Halls
10-10:10 a.m. Transition Time/ Exhibit Halls/ Concessions
10:10-11:10 a.m. Session 1
11:10-11:20 a.m. Transition Time/ Exhibit Halls/ Concessions
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Session 2
12:20-12:30 p.m. Transition Time/ Exhibit Halls/ Concessions
12:30-1:30 p.m. Session 3

Keynote Session (8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.)

Dr. Mary Morningstar
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar, Keynote Speaker

Moving from Compliance to Quality Transition Outcomes
Dr. Mary E. Morningstar

Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is the co-director of Portland State University’s Think College Inclusion Oregon project and a professor in the Graduate School of Education’s Special Education Department, teaching courses for preservice students focused on transition and postsecondary outcomes. She has a BSEd in special education from the University of Georgia, an MEd in special education from the University of Maryland, and a PhD from the University of Kansas. She is the author of The Educator’s Guide to Implementing Transition Planning and Services (2017) and over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. For over 25 years, Dr. Morningstar has been involved in training, professional development and research regarding transition from school to adult life.

Session 1 (10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.)

8 Do It Yourself (DIY) Behavior Strategies for Home: Parent Edition
Sarah Korfonta and Shannon Hoey (All Grades)
This session will focus on providing parents with strategies to address common behavior concerns in the home such as tantrums, disorganization, completing homework, following routines, parent directions, chores, etc. Included in this discussion will be application activities and strategy building for replacing problem behaviors with new behaviors. Participants will take away resources, ideas, and inspiration! 

Designing 504 Plans that Promote Equity and Inclusion: Parents as Partners with Schools
Kathy Murphy, Donna Desaulniers and Kristen Biernesser (All Grades)
In this session, participants will explore the concept of equity as it applies to students with disabilities. Information and strategies will be shared that can lead to enhanced collaboration and problem-solving when developing 504 Plans that meet a child’s unique needs.

Developing, Teaching, and Implementing Social Skills Instruction for Elementary Age Children
Katie Boxer and Ashley Enright (Elementary)
This session will teach teachers and parents how to develop, implement, and reinforce social skills concepts for elementary school children. Teacher and parents will learn evidence-based practices and techniques to help break down a social skill concept and reinforce the performance of the targeted skill. 

Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities
Darrell Sampson, Ellen Agosta, and Ellie Stack (Elementary and Secondary)
In this session participants will learn the various diploma options available to students with disabilities. A focus will be given to the use of credit accommodations, as well as the new requirements for ninth graders entering school in 2018-19 and beyond.

Dyslexia for a Day Simulation
Elin Paier and Carrie Leestma (All Grades)
Do you know what Charles Schwab, Nancy Brinker, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Steve Spielberg have in common? They all have dyslexia. Have you found yourself wondering what individuals with dyslexia experience during the reading or writing process? This highly rated simulation session provides similar frustrations and feelings through targeted reading and writing tasks to help participants gain a better understanding of and empathy for those children and adults who struggle with dyslexia. Classroom accommodations will be highlighted. 

Embracing Neurodiversity: How to Develop a Neurodiverse School Culture and Community for Post-secondary Success
Kelly Brady and Rachna Sizemore Heizer (Elementary and Secondary)
Inclusion gives all students the chance to develop the social, emotional, academic, and communication skills needed to be successful in a diverse 21st century workplace and society. This session provides strategies on how to create a neurodiverse school culture through meaningful strengths-based inclusion with an ability focused mindset. Strategies will be shared on how to develop inclusive opportunities tailored to a student’s interest and ability to ensure the student is included in a productive and meaningful way. 

Ann Dolin Photo
Ann Dolin, Guest Speaker

Executive Functioning Strategies Children and Teens Need During the Pivotal Transition Years
Ann Dolin, Guest Speaker (All Grades)
For many students, executive function skills such as organization, focus, and planning ahead are a real challenge. In this interactive workshop, learn how parents can boost EF SKILLS, instill study habits to spark motivation and most importantly, open the lines of communication. 

The Fairfax County Opioid Epidemic: What Parents and Community Members Should Know
Stephanie Beguin-Howard and Heather Price (Secondary)
Specialists from the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) Program will provide critical information about the opioid crisis in Fairfax County and across the nation. This session will provide a brief overview of opioids and opiates, the alarming growing trends of use and dependency of these substances among our youth, and the detrimental short-term and long-term physical/psychological consequences as a result. Presenters will share evidence-based treatment interventions and resources offered through FCPS, as well as other community providers.

Family Matters: Home and School Strategies for Helping Build Resilient Children and Youth
Kelly Henderson, Jenna White and Shannon Hailer (All Grades)
Families are key to supporting children and teens who struggle with the impact of trauma, disabilities and other stressors that can negatively impact life at home and school. Led by parents and professionals who ‘walk the talk’, this session offers practical and positive strategies for responding to challenging emotions and behaviors, building resiliency, instilling hope and improving outcomes. Learn about resources within FCPS to support students and families and improve home/school collaboration that really benefits kids!

FOR PRESERVICE TEACHERS - FCPS At-A-Glance for Preservice Teachers
Lena Cohen and Nicki Conners (All Grades)
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is a great place to work!  This session invites preservice teachers to come and learn more about the advantages of working in FCPS, the resources available to novice teachers, and living in the Northern Virginia area.  We look forward to seeing you!

I'm Determined: Building the Foundation for Your Youth to be Self-Determined and Life Ready
Nancy Anderson (All Grades)
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) I’m Determined project, is a state-directed project focusing on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer their own life paths in school, home and in career or in college. In this session participants will learn about the I’m Determined tools and resources. Find out how you and your youth can attend the annual I'm Determined Youth and Parent Summit and MOVE Summit. Please Note: Parents of youth attending our Self Determined Student Strand, you are encouraged to attend this I'm Determined parent session. 

Mastering the Process of School: Helping Students Build Study and Organizational Skills
Lindsey Thoms, Kathy Essig and Deborah Rosen (Elementary and Secondary)
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. 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. 

Mindfulness to Promote Stress Reduction
Elyse Cooner (All Grades)
This session will provide an introduction to mindfulness as a way to reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and optimize general well-being. These mindfulness practices are beneficial for children (K-12) and adults.

Post-secondary Inclusive Support for Students with Sickle Cell Disease
Edward Schnittger (Secondary)
Sickle Cell Disease is a chronic genetic disorder which requires lifelong care and treatment, but, unlike the patients of only a few decades ago, proper care and regular medication now most often leads to a normalized life and a normal lifespan. This session will include a description and discussion of the efforts being made both to establish interpersonal support systems and to provide professional support and assistance to secondary school graduates who have Sickle Cell Disease in identifying and utilizing existing and ongoing adult support resources. 

Resources to Support our Twice Exceptional (2e) Learners
Karen Durocher, Kirsten Maloney, Susan Wagoner and Laura Baker (All Grades)
During the session participants will explore resources to support the academic and social-emotional needs of 2e students. Available resources to support families and schools will be shared to support the academic and social-emotional needs of 2e students.

Restorative Justice in FCPS: Intervention and Prevention Alternatives
Vickie Shoap and Sarah Parshall (All Grades)
This session will include a brief overview of the various Restorative Justice Practices that are being utilized in FCPS both for prevention and intervention and how special education students and parents can access these practices. Current program data and other resources will be provided. 

Scaffolding Essentials: Making the Impossible Possible with Fading Support for Inclusive Settings
Caroline Tuss and Jen Wildasin (Elementary and Secondary)
The term ‘scaffolding’ is commonly used among teachers of all grade levels and for all students. However, this practice is often misused. This session will explore two principles of scaffolding that will maximize its effectiveness to ensure students experience a sufficient challenge and productive struggle in today’s diverse classrooms.

Staying Healthy and Strong While Helping Loved Ones with Special Needs
Nancy Chang (All Grades)
This session will provide participants with simple strategies to strengthen self-care practices while caring for and helping others. In this hands-on session, participants will practice mindfulness activities, mandala coloring, simple stretches and chair exercises. Strategy cards will be provided for all participants. 

Sticking to It: Increasing Student Engagement with Sticky Notes
Alicia Kuehn and Tracy Puckett (Elementary)
This session will focus on strategies to promote active student engagement and support reading, math, writing, and executive functioning. Participants will leave with a variety of ways to creatively use sticky notes in the classroom and at home.

Strategies to Promote Successful Transitions from Elementary to Secondary
David Lojkovic, Shauna Gardziel and Erin Woodward (Elementary and Secondary)
In this session participants will gain information on how to promote successful transitions from elementary to middle and middle to high school. Strategies and resources for preparing students for the transition to the secondary level will be shared. 

Supporting Success in Physical Education
Manda Krimmer and Christy Slone  (Elementary and Secondary)
This session will review the importance of physical education and discuss the skills necessary for successful participation. Additionally, participants will engage in simple fitness and movement activities that can be enjoyed at home with their child or family. 

Understanding and Supporting Language Development in Preschoolers
Leslie Kendall and Leydi Uoy (Preschool)
This session discusses speech and language milestones and norms for preschool-aged students. Presenters will review strategies for parents, family members, teachers, and community members to support the language development of young children. Participants will walk away with strategies that can be used across settings to help foster language skills for preschoolers. 

Session 2 (11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.)

8 Do It Yourself (DIY) Behavior Strategies for Home: Parent Edition
Sarah Korfonta and Shannon Hoey (All Grades)
This session will focus on providing parents with strategies to address common behavior concerns in the home such as tantrums, disorganization, completing homework, following routines, parent directions, chores, etc. Included in this discussion will be application activities and strategy building for replacing problem behaviors with new behaviors. Participants will take away resources, ideas, and inspiration! 

Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety
Sajjad A. Khan (Elementary and Secondary)
This session will inform parents and educators on symptoms, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood anxiety. Participants will learn about the biological development, cognitive processes, and behavioral manifestations of anxiety, as well as empirical treatments currently available. Topics will include: behavioral therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention therapy. 

Benefits of Animal Assisted Programs
Liz Moran and Michelle Robinson (All Grades)
People of all ages benefit from working with Therapy Animals, but there is a unique connection between dogs and children. In this session participants will learn about Animal Assisted Programs in schools and observe an interactive live demonstration with a Registered Therapy Dog Team. See firsthand ways of incorporating the use of dogs to help children engage in various activities to promote sensory stimulation, communication, and produce a setting that encourages socialization among children with special needs.

Building Trust within the IEP team for Parents and Staff
Diane Cooper-Gould and Samantha Cox (All Grades)
In this session participants will learn how to view everyone on the team as an ally in serving the child. A focus during the session will be on productive and positive communication and how to work well as a team. Presenters will support thinking of how to address issues in a positive manner for problem-solving and compromise. In addition, presenters will discuss how to turn around a negative interaction and make it a positive and productive, solution-based conversation. 

Considerations in the College Search Process and Beyond for Students with Disabilities
Jackie Gaston and Jason Northrup (Secondary)
The college search process for students with disabilities can be daunting. In this session participants will learn to navigate the process and prepare students for the college search process. 

Designing 504 Plans that Promote Equity and Inclusion: Parents as Partners with Schools
Kathy Murphy, Donna Desaulniers and Kristen Biernesser (All Grades)
In this session participants we will explore the concept of equity as it applies to students with disabilities to meet a child’s unique needs. Information and strategies will be shared that can lead to enhanced collaboration and problem-solving when developing 504 Plans.

Dyslexia for a Day Simulation
Elin Paier and Carrie Leestma (All Grades)
Do you know what Charles Schwab, Nancy Brinker, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Steve Spielberg have in common? They all have dyslexia. Have you found yourself wondering what individuals with dyslexia experience during the reading or writing process? This highly rated simulation session provides similar frustrations and feelings through targeted reading and writing tasks to help participants gain a better understanding of and empathy for those children and adults who struggle with dyslexia. Classroom accommodations will be highlighted. 

Engaging with Families During Transition
Dr. Mary Morningstar, Keynote Speaker (All Grades)

Essential Soft Skills for College Bound Students with ADHD: What they are and How to Get Them
Jon Thomas and Pamela Barton (Secondary)
Soft skills are a complex set of emotional, behavioral and cognitive-based tools that empower us to function well socially, academically, and in the workplace. In this session presenters will provide strategies for building often-hard-to-attain soft skills and demonstrate how to put them to immediate use in academic and work settings.

Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families: Making Special Education Really Work
Kelly Henderson and Tracy Lee (All Grades)
School can be hard for children and youth with special needs raised in foster, adoptive and kinship families. This session offers families and educators practical strategies for understanding and benefiting from special education and related services. Local resources as well as Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities will be offered.

Kirk Martin Photo
Kirk Martin, Guest Speaker

Get Your Kids Moving in Life without Yelling or Lecturing
Kirk Martin, Guest Speaker (All Grades)
Transitions for your kids are difficult and often result in anxiety, meltdowns, and power struggles. So how do you help your kids make transitions, big and small, without the tears and fights? Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin will show you 10 ways to: Get kids to begin doing their own homework without the fights; Motivate kids to take responsibility for themselves without lecturing and badgering; Get kids to listen the first time;Stop the meltdowns, anxiety, and power struggles over transitions.

Google Suite for Education in FCPS
Jeff Sisk (All Grades)
Google's Suite for Education offers an assortment of technology tools that are commonly used in Fairfax County Public Schools. This session will provide a brief overview of Google tools commonly accessed in FCPS classrooms. Participants will explore and discuss strategies for their instructional use.

Helping Your Child with Developmental Disabilities Build a Circle of Vital Support
Shannon Stapleton and Andrea Bylykbashi (All Grades)
Identifying and accessing resources for and with your child can be overwhelming. Starting the process as early as possible is best in order to create a circle of support and interdependence for your child's future. In this session participants will learn about key school and community-based resources for students with intellectual disability and/or moderate to severe autism and their families. 

High-Leverage and Evidence-Based Practices for Students Accessing the Adapted Curriculum
Jennifer Skarke and Julia Sullivan (Elementary and Secondary)
In this session participants will be provided information about current high-leverage and evidence-based practices implemented in FCPS for instruction of students accessing the adapted curriculum in K-12 settings. Evidence-based practices for supporting academics and social skills will be shared.

Mindfulness to Promote Stress Reduction
Elyse Cooner (All Grades)
This session will provide an introduction to mindfulness as a way to reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and optimize general well-being. These mindfulness practices are beneficial for children (K-12) and adults.

My Unique Cognitive Processes: Helping Me at Home and School
Dottie Skrincosky and Tracy Puckett (Elementary)
A child's thinking, learning, and memory rely on a set of interrelated cognitive abilities. In this session participants will explore ways to support a child's strengths and weaknesses to promote learning. The focus will include: auditory processing, visual processing, and more!

Not Enough Time: Permission for Self-Care
Stephanie Herman and Laura Thieman (All Grades)
Serving children we love can be exhausting, leaving us feeling depleted. This session focuses on building a self-care plan that
is realistic in today’s busy world. Experience science-informed strategies and creative tools to help you refuel. Your children will thank you! 

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths
Patricia M. Hudak (All Grades)
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, and ways to cultivate emotional intelligence.

Systems and Strategies for Success: Understanding and Managing Preschool Behavior
Kurt Soderstrom and Laurie Andrews (Preschool)
In this session participants will learn techniques and tips for in the moment and long-term approaches for behavior management in preschool age children. Participants will explore the basic analysis of behavior and be provided resources and tools that can be used in everyday life. 

Tips for Successful Middle School, High School, and Post-Secondary Transitions
Rachna Sizemore Heizer and Susan Kannengiesser (Secondary)
Proactive planning and support can go a long way to helping your child effectively transition and thrive in a new environment. Come to this session to learn tips and strategies to help facilitate transitions from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school. This session will also provide information about diploma options, graduation requirements and a brief overview of postsecondary options. 

Session 3 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Age of Majority for Parents and Teachers
Dawn Schaefer, Beth Cantu and David Lojkovic (Secondary)
This session will review the Transfer of Parental Rights at the Age of Majority process for students with disabilities when they reach their eighteenth birthday. Participants will learn more about the Age of Majority and the Educational Representation for Adult Students brochures. Accompanying documentation will also be discussed.

Building Independence in Students Accessing an Adapted Curriculum
Jugnu Agrawal, Aimee So and Christina Winkler (All Grades)
This session will provide strategies for fostering independence of students accessing adapted curriculum in K-12 settings. Topics discussed will include learner characteristics, use of task analysis, reinforcement, and prompt/prompt fading to promote independence.

Creating a Home/School Partnership to Help Students with Anxiety Thrive
Erin Berman and Joanne Walton (All Grades)
In this session presenters will discuss how to identify an anxious child and how to change anxious thinking. Participants will learn about the science and biological roots of anxiety in children, how computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety, and current strategies parents and teachers can use to support students who are anxious. 

Creating Communication Opportunities Throughout the Day
Aphroditi Gouvousis and Judie Lieberman (All Grades)
This session will provide information on building communication opportunities for individuals throughout the day. Participants will have an opportunity to model communication for various settings: home, work-based learning sites and at school. 

Developing Inclusive Classrooms through the Implementation of High-Leverage Practices
Dottie Skrincosky and Eileen Mazzone (Elementary)
In this session participants will learn how to develop an inclusive culture through teaching practices by: (a) developing an understanding of explicitly designed instruction; (b) learning strategies to scaffold instruction for diverse learners; (c) learning how to adapt curriculum tasks and materials to meet learner needs; and (d) understanding strategies to promote active student engagement, as well as implementing positive and corrective feedback.

Developing, Teaching, and Implementing Social Skills Instruction for Elementary Age Children
Katie Boxer and Ashley Enright (Elementary)
This session will teach teachers and parents how to develop, implement, and reinforce social skills concepts for elementary school children. Teacher and parents will learn evidence-based practices and techniques to help break down a social skill concept and reinforce the performance of the targeted skill. 

Embracing and Loving the Interests of Preschool Boys
Pam Thomas and Anne Buttarazzi (Preschool)
Karate Chop! Bad guy! Life with a preschool boy can be very active and filled with challenges. In this session participants will learn to create an environment that embraces the physical movement of boys and provide activities and strategies to accommodate their classroom and home needs.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Courtney Arroyo (All Grades)
The Emergency Preparedness Workshop is a time for families and individuals with disabilities to meet County agencies that you could interact with before, during, or after an emergency. During this session participants will learn about County programs that aid individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs, learn tips about how to prepare your family for the unexpected and talk one-on-one with County agencies.

Google to the Future!
Melissa Johnson and Diana Ree-Reeder (Secondary)
During this session, participants will learn how to use built in features of Google programs, such as Google Docs, Calendar, and Keep. The session will help parents and educators utilize these widely used programs and provide ideas to support transition into post-secondary life. 

Amy Fortney-Parks Portrait
Amy Fortney-Parks, Guest Speaker

Into Adulthood: The Journey from Dependence to Independence
Amy Fortney-Parks, Guest Speaker (Secondary)
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. Although our schools work hard to assist young people with transition plans, teachers and parents can fall short when it comes to teaching “soft” employment, money management and communication/self-advocacy skills. This session will provide 10 Tips that may help launch your young adult move successfully into adulthood.

Navigating State Assessment Options: Standards of Learning (SOL) Versus the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)
Ellen Agosta, Michelle Henry, Debbie Miller, Amber Terry, and Ryan Thomas (Elementary and Secondary)
This session will provide participants with valuable information regarding state assessments and alternate assessments for students with disabilities. Participants will engage in learning opportunities to deepen their understanding of the criteria for Virginia’s Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP). The session will also explore access to state assessments using accommodations and implications of assessments on graduation.

Navigating the Educational Journey of Students with Dyslexia
Carrie Leestma and Diane Cooper Gould (All Grades)
Navigating the educational journey for students with dyslexia can be tricky. The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Dyslexia Specialist and the Decoding Dyslexia founding member will walk participants through common scenarios that students and families encounter in their journey with dyslexia. Participants will walk away with resources for themselves and their child/student with dyslexia. 

Not Enough Time in the Day: Permission for Self-Care to Invest in Our Children
Stephanie Herman and Laura Thieman (All Grades)
This session focuses on building a practical tool box for creating a self-care plan that is realistic in today’s busy world. Serving children we love every day can be exhausting, leaving us feeling depleted. You will experience creative tools based on brain science to help you and your children thrive.

Portrait of a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Student
Kate Adams and Karen Cassidy (Elementary and Secondary)
This session is designed to outline how Deaf and Hard of Hearing students develop Portrait of a Graduate characteristics throughout various environments. Discussions will cover service delivery and instruction across the continuum of settings such as one-on-one, small group, team taught, self-contained, and large group environments. Presenters will focus on how Deaf and Hard of Hearing students engage in a lifelong pursuit of academic knowledge and interdisciplinary learning despite the obstacles they may need to overcome. 

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths
Patricia M Hudak (All Grades)
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, and ways to cultivate emotional intelligence.

Raising Children with Healthy Self-Esteem in a High-Pressure Culture
Rachel Bailey (All Grades)
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 actually are)? In this session, participants will learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards seem unattainable.

Special Olympics Unified Sports Team: Learn How to Get Started!
Andrew Blount, Erika Hill and Veronica Jennings (All Grades)
In this session participants will learn how students, with and without special needs at your schools, can benefit from the Special Olympics and the tools needed to get started! The Unified Sports program is helping schools to build a generation of integrated young athletes that practice together, compete together, and celebrate successes together as one Unified team. You will hear a unique perspective from an FCPS administrator, an Adapted PE Teacher (representing the logistics for coaching a Special Olympics Team), and a representative from Special Olympics to help share a variety of resources and answer any questions around the Special Olympics Unified Sports Team. 

Trauma Awareness: A Primer for Families and Educators
Marcie Cohen and Joan Kelleher (Elementary and Secondary)
This overview session provides important information for families and educators regarding the influence trauma may have on students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills. Participants will develop their understanding of what trauma is, what trauma reactions looks like in different age groups, and how adults can use a “trauma lens” as they help children build resilience. Participants will gain valuable information regarding trauma sensitive supports available within the school system. This presentation is sponsored by the FCPS Trauma Sensitive Schools initiative and is part of a collaboration with the Fairfax County Trauma Informed Community Network.

Unleashing the Power of Kids at Hope to Increase Integration Success for Students with Different Abilities
Kim Reistrup and Carey Williams (All Grades)
Teachers can turn around a student’s life just by adopting three practices: We Believe, We Connect, and We Time Travel. During this session participants will learn more about a framework which is essential for transforming “at risk” students into students who experience success, especially in integrated classrooms.

Vaping: What You Need to Know
Marty Joyner and Stefan Mascoll (Elementary and Secondary)
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. This session will provide new information on the negative health effects of vaping, guidance on speaking with your child about vaping, information about the devices used for vaping, and the different substances that are vaped.

Exhibitors

Fairfax County Public School Departments

Federal, State or Local Government Agencies

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Advocacy
  • Autism Society of Northern Virginia
  • Be SMART for Kids
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) of Northern VA & DC
  • College Steps
  • Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA)
  • ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
  • Fairfax County Special Education PTA
  • Fairfax Falcons Paralympic Sports
  • Give an Hour (Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax)
  • Hire Autism
  • Ivymount
  • Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
  • Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
  • Loudoun Therapeutic Riding
  • MVLE
  • Organization for Autism Research
  • Parents of Autistic Children of Northern VA
  • Parents of Autistic Children-NoVA (POAC-NoVA)
  • REACH program
  • Regent University

Parking Information

Plan to arrive early to Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS) for the Special Education Conference to ensure parking access. 

Conference Attendees:

  • Enter the main entrance to LBSS from Burke Lake Road.  Main entrance parking is available on both the left and right side of the lot.
  • Parking at the back of LBSS is accessible by passing the front of school, turning right on Lake Braddock Drive at the light, and entering through one of the school gates. Back of building parking can be found near Doors 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10. Enter the school building through Door 1 or Door 12. Perimeter parking around the building is also available.
  • Additional street parking is available on Lake Braddock Drive (drive past LBSS and turn left or right at the first light) on both sides of the street. Street parking is also available on Old Burke Lake Road. Please make sure you pay attention to any NO PARKING signs.

Presenters, Exhibitors, and Volunteers: Park on the LBSS blacktop, by doors 14, 13, & 12. Enter LBSS through exit 12, from the blacktop, near the gym. 

VIP Parking will be available in the front parking lot, at the main entrance, the first row of the left lot, closest to Door 1 & Door 2.