Parent Academy

Parent Academy
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is a strategy for student success in school and in life, achieved through the collaboration of educators, families, and community partners. FACE supports Arlington Public Schools (APS)’ strategic plan goal to “develop and support strong connections among schools, families, and the community to broaden opportunities for student learning, development, and growth”.

The APS Parent Academy offers parents and guardians of children attending schools in Arlington learning opportunities on a wide variety of subjects to support the academic, social and emotional development of children, such as:

  • Child development
  • Student achievement
  • Wellness and mental health
  • Parent advocacy
  • Educational programs
  • Internet safety
  • Personal or family growth
  • Supports and opportunities for second language learners
  • Social issues of importance to parents and families
  • Countywide events and information nights, including Kindergarten, Middle and High School Information Nights, College Night, and the Summer Activities Fair

Parent Academy Partners

The APS Parent Academy partners with Arlington County and community organizations committed to supporting children and families. Please visit their websites for additional resources and/or learning opportunities.









Deaf and Hard of Hearing Series
Spring 2019

Session 1: Hearing Aids and Technology Workshop
May 14, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Expert Audiologists will introduce Phonak hearing aids, modern hearing technology, products for children, accessories, and support apps for school and personal use. There will time for questions. Come on out and join us!
Presenters: Dr. Dana Ulakovic, Phonak, Pediatric Representative for the Mid-Atlantic and New England region; and Dr. Gina Gomez, Pediatric Audiologist, Arlington Public Schools.
Registration is requested. Register online or contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703.228.7239
View event flier
ERO: SPD26339
SRN: 20192633901

Session 2: Promoting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students’ Literacy in American Sign Language and English: A Complete Bilingual Approach
NEW DATE – Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7pm to 9pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204
Featured Presenters:

 ASL Interpreter Supervisor for APS, will discuss research about deaf students’ literacy, more effective approaches to promote literacy with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, benefits of new methods, and available resources. With two decades of experience in Deaf Education, Jennifer has taught English to deaf students in both public schools and residential settings. She is a nationally certified interpreter, qualified cued language transliterator, & D/HH Early Intervention Specialist. Jennifer earned her B.A. in Deaf Education and Elementary Education at Flagler College, an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from GMU, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interpretation & Translation Program at Gallaudet University; and

LAURA YELLIN, D/HH teacher for APS, was born deaf and has two cochlear implants. She will share her experience growing up using SEE & cued language. Now fluent in both English and ASL, Laura will discuss important factors contributing to the effective development of literacy and communication skills in deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She received a B.A. in Psychology from UMBC, an M.A. in Special Education from GWU, & an EdS in Deaf Education-Early Intervention from Gallaudet University.

Registration is requested.
Register online or contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703.228.7239
View event flier
ERO: SPD26340
SRN: 20192634001

SESSION 3: Arlington A.C.E.S. Academy
American Sign Language (ASL) and Cued Language Education (Cue) Sessions
Fridays, Beginning on May 31, 2019: 6pm to 8pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 101/103, Arlington, VA 22204
Bring yourself, friends, & the whole family to participate in fun activities while learning ASL & Cue. These free sessions are open to anyone interesting in learning ASL & Cue. There will be adults & kids groups for both languages.
Registration is requested. Register online now, or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239 or
View event flier
ERO: SPD26341
SRN: 20192634101

Super Sibs Club Sibshop
May 16: 4:30 to 6:30pmLocation: TBA
Super Sibs Club is a series of Sibshops – peer recreation and support sessions for students, grades 2-5, who have brothers or sisters with disabilities, special needs, and/or significant health issues. For the adults who run them and for the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of commitment to and concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person who has a disability.  However, for the kids who attend them, Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal events where they will:

  • Meet other sibs (often for the first time);
  • Have fun;
  • Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”;
  • Play some great games;
  • Learn how other brother and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by brothers and sisters;
  • Laugh;
  • Learn about the services their brothers and sister receive; and
  • Have some more fun!

Sibshops are co-sponsored by the Arlington Public Schools Parent Resource Center (PRC), Arlington PRCR – Therapeutic Recreation, and Arlington SEPTA. Registration is REQUIRED.  Register online now, or contact the Parent Resource Center at or 703.228.7239. An optional, suggested donation of $5.00 to cover the costs of snacks and materials is appreciated. SEPTA is accepting donations via the online registration link. Parents may also bring checks made payable to Arlington SEPTA. To learn more about Sibshops, please visit: For additional information, contact the PRC at 703.228.7239.

Children and Youth with IRRITABILITY
Thursday, May 30, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:45pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd., Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204
This talk will focus on severe irritability in children and youth. 

  • What is irritability?
  • Why is it important to study irritability?
  • How is irritability studied at NIMH?
  • What are some new treatments for irritability?

Ramaris E. German, PhD, is a psychologist in the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics, Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. She has a broad range of clinical and research experience working with children, families, and adults. Her research has focused on specific processes in mood disorders and in psychotherapy process and outcome.Ms. Wanda Wheeler is a mental health clinician and a lifelong social worker. Ms. Wheeler currently studies mood disorders in children at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD.
Register online or call the PRC at 703.228.7239.
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ERO Codes for APS Staff:
Course Code:    SPD26342
SRN:  20192634201

Need to contact us? If you have questions or ideas about future learning opportunities, please contact Dr. Rosa Briceno, Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Specialist, at or 703.228.2128.

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