Event Calendar

ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PARENT RESOURCE CENTER EVENTS


Please contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us
at least 7 days prior to events to request ADA accommodations. 


Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
Using evidence based strategies to help kids and caregivers cope during tough times
Tuesday, January 19th: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Register here
Join the Parent Resource Center as we welcome Dr. Erin D. Berman, Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, back to Arlington Public Schools for a free and important virtual session in which she will:

  • Address signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders
  • Review the difference between a stress response vs. anxiety disorder
  • Discuss how an anxiety disorder in children/adolescents impacts online learning
  • Discuss how coping strategies need to be adjusted given the current pandemic

Dr. Erin D. Berman is a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She received her clinical psychology doctoral degree from Rosalind Franklin University / The Chicago Medical School. Her clinical training continued with attending the Boston Consortium of Clinical Psychology where she was a Harvard Medical School Fellowship recipient. She completed post-doctoral re-specialization in child and adolescent Anxiety Disorders at Temple University. Her main area of interest continues to be in cognitive behavioral interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders.
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Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC)ASEAC
Tuesday, January 26th: 7pm – 9pm
Virtual Meeting –  via Zoom
Please note that the business portion of this meeting will be recorded through Zoom.

At the beginning of each meeting, ASEAC welcomes comments from the public regarding the needs of students with disabilities in APS. See the ASEAC Public Comment Guidelines at https://www.apsva.us/special-education-advisory-committee for information about submitting public comments.
Any person who would like an interpreter and/or any person with a disability who needs accommodation to access the meeting should contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us as soon as possible to request assistance. There is also an option to request services in the registration form.


Understanding Transition Services: Supported Decision Making (SDM)
Wednesday, January 27th: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register here
Arlington Public Schools Transition Services, Parent Resource Center and Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP) are continuing to sponsor a Transition Series, which will feature a workshop on Supported Decision Making (SDM) this month, featuring Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy for the Arc of Northern Virginia.
SDM is a way to provide short and long term support for people with developmental disabilities who need assistance to understand and make choices. SDM can be used as an alternative to guardianship that is less costly and restrictive, or used with guardianship to maximize self-determination.  It is a growing national best practice for increasing independence, safety, and quality of life.For further information contact Kelly Mountain at 703-228-2136 or Christina Eagle at 703-228-5738.


Talking with Kids about Race and Discrimination
Tuesday, February 2nd: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Register here
In this timely and free workshop, Dr. Ricia Weiner, Ms. Eleanor Lewis and Ms. Veronica Valdes, APS School Psychologists, will offer parents/caregivers developmentally appropriate ideas and strategies for talking with children (PreK through high school) about race, diversity and discrimination.
Case studies and scenarios will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to practice newly learned skills. Participants will leave this workshop with child-focused, anti-racist strategies for addressing racism and discrimination. Discussions will address:

    • When should you talk to kids about race?
    • Overall approach to talking with children about race
    • Key points to remember when talking about

ARLINGTON COUNTY EVENTS


home safety graphicHome Safety
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Presented by: Emily Siqveland and Linh Nghe
Register Here
Join Arlington Addiction Recovery Initiative and the Prevention Unit to learn about how to keep your homes safe. Speakers will review common safety concerns including prescription medications and firearms. The webinar will offer resources to assist in keeping your home safe.


Community Webinar/Virtual Learning Opportunities/Meetings*
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The events included below are shared for informational purposes, and listing may not be inclusive of al available community learning opportunities and inclusion of opportunities does not reflect endorsement by Arlington Public Schools.


Taking a Mindful Approach to Challenging Situations
Thursday, January 26th: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Register by January 25th – Email outreach@weta.org
This session is designed to provide strategies to help participants:

  • Recognize feelings of stress
  • Identify typical stress responses
  • Use all senses to relieve stress quickly

Upcoming Events from PEATC – Virginia’s Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center

  • Early Childhood Academy
    Course open from January 16 – February 21, 2021
    Register here
    Are you the parent of a young child with a disability or delay? Does your child receive Early Intervention (EI) or Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services? Do you work with young children with disabilities or do you (or the parents you work with) have questions about navigating the Early Childhood system in Virginia? The Early Childhood Academy, presented by PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is for you! This FREE self-paced online course is an innovative parent-friendly resource focused on providing information parents with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers need to know — the importance of parents as 1st teachers, early childhood services, special education, resources available to parents of young children with disabilities, and more! Learn practical information to help set the foundation for your child’s lifelong learning and to make the transition to preschool and kindergarten less confusing.
    Offered by PEATC in collaboration with the VA Department of Education
  • Ins and Outs of IEP’s | January 21 at 11:30 AM. This presentation will help prepare parents of what to expect in the IEP meeting and to have a productive student focused meeting. From pre-planning before the meeting to working together afterwards, this presentation will build relationships and self-advocacy skills of the parents while focusing on the needs of the student.
  • TRANSITION UNIVERSITY: A free, parent-friendly 5-week self-paced online transition course
    Winter 2021: February 6 to March 26 –  Register here
    It is never too early to start learning about students with disabilities transitioning to adulthood. It is never too early to begin taking steps to prepare for the future!Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities, thinking about the future can bring mixed emotions. Some families are just trying to make it through day-to-day challenges and might not feel they have the energy to think about what happens after high school. Others may want to plan for that transition, but are confused by unfamiliar language, complex steps, and the many agencies that may be involved in adult services. Join PEATC for this FREE 5-week SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle or high school students that receive special education services.The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing. Participants who complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion showing 6.5 hours. Topics covered in this course will include:

    • What do we mean by Transition and Why is it Important?
    • Supported Decision Making, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, and Age of Majority
    • Future Planning including Special Needs Trust, ABLE Accounts, and Letters of Intent
    • Transitioning into Independent Living (employment, further education, housing, etc.)
    • Connecting to Your Community and to Adult Services and much more! F

    For questions and/or to learn more, please contact PEATC at  703-923-0010 or partners@peatc.org
    Presented by PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Now Meeting Virtually
These groups are geared to parents whose child is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders and more. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources. Confidentiality is respected.
School Age Students and Teens (PK-12) for 2020
Sundays 7pm-8:30pm
2021 Dates:
January 17 and 31
February 7 and 21
March 7 and 21
April 11 and 15
May 9 and 23
June 6 and 20

Older Teen and Young Adults: 3rd Sunday 1-3pm
Questions??  Contact:

  • PK-12: Michelle Best (mczero@yahoo.com)
  • Adults: Naomi Verdugo (verdugo.naomi@gmail.com)
  • Both: Alisa Cowen (acowen@cowendesigngroup.com)

ON DEMAND Webinars

(These are webinars that are available to watch when you choose to.)


APS Parent Resource Center

  • A Sense of Calm – Presented by Deborah Hammer

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Many thanks to our wonderful colleague, Deborah Hammer for sharing her time and expertise with us.
View A Sense of Calm presentation slides

  • NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) Night
  • Noche de Nova
  • Dealing with “What If…?”: What You Can Do Now to Support Your School-Avoidant Child

 


Arlington County’s Department of Human Services/Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families
www.apcyf.org

  • Consecuencias, qué hacer cuando…
    Consequences, what to do when… 

The Arc of Northern Virginia

Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE): Free webinars

Formed Families Forward:

Virginia Cooperative Extension

At Home Learning

Mental Health and Well-Being


PEATC (Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center) On-Demand Webinars

Laying the Groundwork for Transition
(Length 41:33 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/121

Exploring the Future & Creating a Timeline
Katherine Wittig, Erica Lovelace
(Length 43:33 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/122

Challenging Tradition through Life Long Learning & Economic Empowerment
Michael Morris, Elizabeth Getzel
(Length 1:07:53sec) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/123

From Segregated to Customized: The Shift to Personalized Employment
Laura Owens, Executive Director APSE
(Length 48:34 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/136

In Support of Supported Decision-making
Lisa Morgan(Length 39:50 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/137

Assistive Technology & Transition: Evaluation, Identification, & Acquisition
Dr. Joey Wallace (Length 29:40 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/138

Opportunities Offered through Career Tech Ed
Domenic Giandomenico(Length 29:50 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/139

Transition and the Arts: Tapping into Creative Opportunities (NEW)
Betty Siegal
(Length 35:15 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/140

Student Voice: The Transition to College
Liz Getzel
(Length 55:32 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/141

Marian Vessels, Director DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
(Length 39:36) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/161

Don’t Leave School Without It-What’s in Your Wallet?
Stacey Milbern, Community Outreach Director, Ryan Pinion, Director of Partnerships and Action, and intern Jessica Smith of the National Youth Leadership Network
(Length 39:23) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/162

Guardianship Rights, Risks, and ResponsibilitiesSue Swenson, former Ex. Director, US Arc, and former Commissioner of Administration on Developmental
(Length 39:53) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/163

Parents As Essential Partners in Transition
Ann Turnbull, The Beach Center, Kansas
(Length 42:26) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/164

The New Ticket To Work Program – What’s in it for Young People
Sallie Rhodes, CESSI Ticket to Work Program Specialist
(Length 33:01) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/165

Universal Design for Learning-a Pathway for Lifelong Learning
Frances G. Smith, Ed.D.,CVE, Coordinator of Technology and Distance Learning VCU TTAC
(Length 39:30) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/166

Exploring the Future & Creating a Timeline
Katherine Wittig, Erica Lovelace
(Length 43:33 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/122

Challenging Tradition through Life Long Learning & Economic Empowerment
Michael Morris, Elizabeth GetzelI
(Length 1:07:53sec) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/123

From Segregated to Customized: The Shift to Personalized Employment
Laura Owens, Executive Director APSE
(Length 48:34 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/136

In Support of Supported Decision-making
Lisa Morgan
(Length 39:50 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/137

Assistive Technology & Transition: Evaluation, Identification, & Acquisition
Dr. Joey Wallace
(Length 29:40 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/138

Opportunities Offered through Career Tech Ed
Domenic Giandomenico
Length 29:50 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/139

Transition and the Arts: Tapping into Creative Opportunities (NEW)
Betty SiegalArtistic
(Length 35:15 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/140

Student Voice: The Transition to College
Liz Getzel
(Length 55:32 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/141

Need more information?  You can contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or emma.parralsanchez@apsva.us.

We look forward to talking with you.