Parent Resource Center Virtual Workshops

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  • Dispute Resolution in Special Education (April 20, 2021)
  • AT from A to Z: A Look at Assistive Technology Supports in Prince William County Schools (April 20, 2021)

“Superpowers Activate! Embracing ADHD & Autism” with Dr. Joni Johnson

  • When: RESCHEDULED for Friday, March 5, 2021 (10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • You have searched the web to find out what is wrong with your child: he is socially awkward, in constant motion, and can’t seem to stay focused long enough to get anything accomplished. Surely it can’t be autism? Attend this presentation to learn that nothing is “wrong” with your child and everything that is “right” about autism and ADHD. Discover how these two labels are actually wonderful opportunities for greatness depending on how you think about them. Joni Johnson, MD, is a pediatrician and certified health and wellness coach with over 12 years of clinical experience supporting individuals with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, mood disorders, and behavior problems. In addition to being a physician, Dr. Joni is also an Army Colonel, author, public speaker, entrepreneur, and individual with Dyslexia and a Visual Convergence Insufficiency. As the owner of UnCharted Territory, LLC, Dr. Joni provides health consulting and empowerment coaching. 
  • Zoom registration
  • Survey and Certificate will be sent via email after workshop. 

“Parents as Partners in Special Education" - Understanding Special Education Session 1: Evaluation and Eligibility (2021)

  • When: Friday, February 26,  2021 (11:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • Participants will learn about the School Intervention process, how a student is referred for a comprehensive special education evaluation, the evaluation process, and how special education laws finds a student with a disability eligible to receive special education services.

  • Zoom Registration
  • Accommodation Registration

“Chair Yoga continues. All are welcome."

  • When: Every Wednesday through the end of March, 2021(10 -10:30 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
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“Parents as Partners in the IEP Process"

  • When: Tuesday, March 16,  2021 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • This session will review the critical decision points for parents as they navigate the special education process. It can also highlight the ways in which all team members, in any special education meeting, can demonstrate a dedication towards collaborative working relationships.   
  • Zoom Registration
  • Accommodation Registration

“Family Engagement Series: Prince William County Public Schools: Focus on Wellness: Helping to Manage Students' Mental Health"

  • When: Tuesday, March 16,  2021 (7:00 p.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • This Family Engagement Series is open to families of English Learners, Title I, and/or Special Education students.
  • Join us while we explore what is mental health and the effects of COVID-19 on students. Strategies on how to manage stress, anxiety, sadness, and depression will be shared. Learn how parents and schools can help students manage their mental health. A discussion time and resources will be provided. 
  • Presenter: Anne Henry, Prince William County Public Schools, Administrative Coordinator of School Counseling K-12. Ms. Henry holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and Development and a certificate in Education Leadership from George Mason University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in School Counseling, and was the 2009 Virginia Elementary School Counselor of the Year. She is a contributing author in the book: Expressive Arts Interventions for School Counselors. Ms. Henry has presented on a local, state, and national level on educational and counseling topics such as project-based learning, No Place for Hate, and substance abuse prevention education programs. She is currently a member of the Virginia Department of Education social-emotional learning curriculum committee. She is dedicated to promoting student mental wellness, advocacy, leadership, and strengths-based skill building.
  • Zoom Registration
  • Accommodation Registration

“The Prince William / Manassas/ Manassas Park Transition Council is hosting the 21st Annual Transition Fair"

  • When: Saturday, March 20, 2021 (11 a.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • The Transition Fair is the perfect opportunity for those interested in learning about school and community resources that aid students with disabilities prepare for life after high school. The Transition Fair continues to bring community agencies and organizations together to provide students and their families information about a variety of transition support services. The Transition Fair focuses on students who receive special education services through Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park Public Schools.
  • Due to current events, this year's Transition Fair will be held virtually. The Transition Fair will start with a keynote session on Transition Services in Prince William County Public Schools. After the keynote presentation, sessions related Social Security, graduation requirements, Guardianship, Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services, Special Needs Estate Planning, Prince William County Community Services, and so much more will be available for you to watch online at your convenience. Sessions will be made available until June 1, 2021. If you have any questions or need additional information you may contact Alana Walmsley at WalmsAM@pwcs.edu or 703-791-8319
  • Zoom Registration

“The Functional Behavioral Assessment and the Behavior Intervention Plan” 

  • When: Tuesday March 23, 2021 (11:30 a.m.  -12:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • The Functional Behavioral Assessment and the Behavior Intervention Plan(FBA/BIP) are formal ways for parents, teachers, and other school professionals to work collaboratively to determine the best way to help a student behaviorally. Jessica Tra, Supervisor of Cluster 2,6 & 9 and Heather Grim, Supervisor of Cluster 5 & 10 will present an overview of the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) processes. They will explain why an FBA would be appropriate and how this process supports FAPE.
  • Zoom Registration
  • Accommodation Registration.

“Dispute Resolution in Special Education"

  • When: Tuesday, April 20,  2021 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • Participants will become familiar with informal and formal special education dispute resolution options available when there is disagreement with the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a child; and/or the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). This includes the administrative point of contact, Central Office Review (COR), mediation, due process hearing, and state complaint.   
  •  Zoom Registration
  • Accommodation Registration

What is the Parent Resource Center?

In operation since November 1992, the PWCS' Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)'s mission is to assist parents and families of children with disabilities to become active participants in their child's education. Its goal is to promote a positive relationship between parents and educators.

The PRC provides information, lending library (PDF), and supports parents regarding the special education process in Prince William County, and will refer parents to appropriate resources in the Division and the community. PRC staff may not serve as advocates for parents; in School Intervention, IEP, or Eligibility meetings or attend a Central Office Review, State Mediation, or Due Process Hearing. 

Please check the events page often for information that may be of interest to you. TTAC Online, their websites are listed on the Events page, has many resources.

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) can provide bilingual support for parents. If interested in receiving this support, contact the PRC by phone at 703-791-8846 or 703-791-7438. Please provide the following information:

  1. Name
  2. First Language
  3. Days/Times available for consultation, and
  4. Contact information (phone number and/or email address)

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