Special Education Update Newsletter

July/August 2017

Especially for Parents

  • The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) provides resources, information, and consultations to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities. Confidential meetings, training opportunities, an extensive lending library, and a year-long calendar of workshops are offered for parents, educators, and community members through collaboration with staff members from FCPS offices as well as local and national experts. Contact the FCPS PRC for additional information, to schedule a consultation, use our extensive lending library, or to attend a workshop. Contact us at 703-204-3941 or email at prc@fcps.edu. Follow us on Twitter @prc_fcps and bookmark our NEW website! https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center 
  • PRC staff members will take part in the Pathways to Preschool program over the summer. Pathways to Preschool is a program designed to help children and their families as they transition from early intervention to preschool. PRC staff members will share information and resources with families as they prepare their children for the transition to FCPS. Sessions will be held during July and August.
  • Join us for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Panel on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1, Room 100. FCPS graduates and parents of LGBTQ students will share their stories and answer questions about their experiences in FCPS in order to educate, support, and promote acceptance in our community.
  • Don’t miss a special event at the PRC on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1, Room 100. Glen Finland’s memoir, Next Stop, is a moving account of a family caring for a child with special needs, of preparing him for the world – and then letting him go. As a mother of a young adult on the autism spectrum, this author and former TV news reporter, feels a keen responsibility to tell her story to help build a community for families like hers, who are “in it for life”. Ms. Finland will share her own hard-won lessons as well as strategies and insights she has learned about the uniquely individual dynamics of families who have children with special needs. This presentation is for educators and registration will be available on MyPLT. Light refreshments will be served.

      Especially for Staff Members

      • FCPS is seeking qualified applicants to apply for Extended School Year (ESY) services positions. Visit the following site for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/node/33322.
      • The Office of Special Education Instruction K-12 will be sponsoring professional development opportunities in reading and math interventions this summer. For more information please visit: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/trainings/summer/
      • Early childhood special education class based, resource, and PAC teachers are invited to participate in staff development on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at Lanier Middle School. The topic is Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  An award winning documentary titled Resilience will be screened. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with mental health experts and a training of Trauma 101. Program updates for the early childhood special education and PAC program will be presented in the afternoon. Registration is required through MyPLT #22094.

      Department of Special Services
      Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
      Irene Meier, Director, Office of Special Education Instruction