Event Calendar


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. 

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
Tuesday, March 23rd: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Virtual Meeting –  via Zoom
Registration coming soon
The Zoom meeting link will be sent to those registered prior to the meeting.
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.


  • How Executive Function Skills Improve Student Success
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021: 7pm
    Register here
    How do Executive Functions skills impact planning, starting, and completing work? Learn how to build them to help your student thrive. One of the great joys for a parent is to be able to cheer on our children as they build new skills. When it comes to school, we praise the obvious skills such as doing well on a test or getting an A on a paper, but often miss the less obvious — but equally important — ones, such as overcoming challenges to get started on planning and completing in order to finish a longer-term assignment on time. In this helpful presentation by The StudyPro and Rachel Bailey, M. A., you will learn:

    • What Executive Functions (EF) skills are and why they matter
    • How to recognize and improve “missing skills” behind common school challenges
    • How to partner with your student to support them the “right way”

Improving Executive Function skills will help with focus, flexibility, and pushing through frustration. And that’s definitely something to cheer about.
View event flyer

  • Promoting Resilience & Mental Wellness in Teens Through Social Emotional Learning
    March 11th: 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Register here
    March 22nd: 7:00pm-8:30pm: Register here

The Yorktown High School PTA welcomes national award-winning teacher, author and speaker R. Keeth Matheny, who will address:

    • How can we support students’ emotional health during Covid-19?
    • What is social and emotional learning (SEL) and why is it important?
    • What is going on with the teenage brain?
    • How can we use that understanding to help teens manage their emotions and make positive decisions?
    • What does effective SEL look like in schools and in communities?
    • How can we support building transformative programs for students?
      View event flier


Parent Support Group
Join other parents in your community to share experiences and learn about topics relevant to your family each week. Each week a different topic will be discussed, covering a broad range including Internet Safety, Time Management for kids, COVID related grief and loss, How to navigate the school IEP process, Positive Praise and Behavior Management. Come support other parents and share your successes and lean in for support. Send any questions to cmarketti@arlingtonva.us

Hosted by Arlington CFSD clinical staff

Project Family Classes: Beginning March 1st

Arlington County invites Arlington families with children 0 to 5 years of age to participate. Virtual classes will include a developmentally based curriculum. Activities for children will include letters and thematic discussion, reading time, and interactive music lessons.
Register here to secure your spot.

  • Monday: 10am to 11am
  • Tuesday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Wednesday: 11am to 12pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 10am (Reserved for children 0 to 12 months)
  • Friday: 10am to 11am (Class in Spanish)
  • Saturday: 10am to 11am

Classes will be held through Zoom. Each class cycle will last for 7 weeks. All classes are completely free for all Arlington County residents.
We look forward to seeing you in class! For more information contact Leonardo Espiña at: lespina@arlingtonva.us.
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The events included below are shared for informational purposes, and listing may not be inclusive of all available community learning opportunities and inclusion of opportunities does not reflect endorsement by Arlington Public Schools.


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): Sundays 7pm-8:30pm

2021 Dates:

  • 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)

imageVirginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) Lunch and Learn Series
Teaching Self-Determination: Where to Begin!
March 4, 2021: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Register Here

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

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)

  • 2021 Family Engagement Symposium
    March 6, 2021
    Register Here
    PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is pleased to announce the 2021 Family Engagement Symposium entitled “Together We Win and Students Soar“. This year’s Symposium will continue to create synergy and robust systems of support for all parents and caregivers of school-aged children (PreK-12th grade), especially children receiving special education services, new and experienced educators, administrators, Title 1 coordinators and community partners around authentic collaborative engagement for student success.
    The 2021 Virtual Family Engagement Symposium is a day of connecting virtually and professional learning. This year’s Summit will feature several live, interactive and engaging presentations, with a special emphasis on building engagement for underserved families in Virginia. Nationally known speakers will bring attendees concrete, innovative strategies and methods to help families and schools change the trajectory of how they engage one another to ensure ALL students soar.
    This event will take place on March 6, 2021 beginning at 9am. Several attendee raffle prizes will be awarded throughout that day.
    A recorded version of the Symposium will be available to registrants from March 8th – March 22nd.
    Sponsored by PEATC in collaboration with the VA Department of Education.
  • Behavior Summit
    May 19, 2021

    Registration opens on March 15th
    PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is pleased to announce the 2021 Behavior Summit for families of children with disabilities that live here in Virginia. This hybrid event will provide relevant and up-to-date information to parents and interested professionals. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the science of behavior, the importance of data in evaluating behavior, and developing strategies to address it. Presentations on Functional Behavioral Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, the relationship between behavior and social skills, and the new seclusion and restraint regulations for public schools will round out PEATC’s first Behavior Summit.
    Although the majority of this event will take place virtually and open on May 19, 2021 and remain open until May 22. 2021, there will be one LIVE Q&A session on the 19th. You will be able to engage with experts on behavior, ask questions, and receive immediate feedback. The Q&A will be recorded for those who will be viewing the summit after May 19, 2021 air date.

    • Grupo de Chat para Padres: Unete a nuestro nuevo GRUPO DE CHAT mediante la aplicación de WhatsApp y podras mantenerte al tanto de todo lo que PEATC Latino esta haciendo. Entra al GRUPO: https://bit.ly/2VoU2vw
    • Abril 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM  La Cumbre VIRTUAL de Alcance Latinx, se creó para brindar un espacio seguro de discusión y acción para crear mejores condiciones para la comunidad Latinx a la que servimos en todo el estado de Virginia. Esta cumbre que reunirá a familias y profesionales para una mejor comprensión de la Educación Especial, la diversidad, la cultura y la oportunidad de aprender sobre los desafíos específicos que enfrenta nuestra comunidad. REGISTRATE HOY


  • Nurturing Parenting Program (English series)
    Thursdays: Starting March 18 to May 13 (*skipping April 1) – 6:00pm- 8:00pm via Zoom
    Register here
    Join other parents and share parenting insights, successes, and challenges. This is a FREE virtual program on
  • Strengthening Families 10-14 (English series)
    Parent Session: Wednesdays March 3 to April 28 from 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom*

    Youth and Family Session: Monday’s March 8 to May 3 from 5:30-7:30 pm via Zoom
    Register here
    Sessions are interactive and involve family activities. Parent/Caregiver and child between 10 and 14 years of age must attend the program.
  • Navigating the Tween and Teen Years (English)
    Tuesdays: April 6 – May 18 – 6:00-8:00 pm
    Register here
    This class provides parents/caregivers with the skills to improve family communication while reducing family conflicts and teens’ negative behaviors and attitudes. Parent only series.
  • Nurturing Parenting Program (Spanish series)
    Wednesdays: March 17 to May 12 (*skipping March 31) – 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm via Zoom
    Please contact familyprograms@scanva.org to register.
    Join other parents and share parenting insights, successes, and challenges. This is a FREE virtual program.


Divorce and Children with Disabilities 
Friday, March 5, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Register here
Divorce can make any conversation about finances challenging. The complex task of special needs planning for children with disabilities only adds to the stress. Our upcoming free seminar will give you the facts, structure and advice you need to get the planning right the first time:

  • Issues arising out of the divorce (finances, child support, alimony)
  • The importance of “getting it right the first time”, to benefit your child with disabilities
  • Why setting up a Special Needs Trust is essential for parents and your child with disabilities
  • Virginia Family Law 2020 Legislative Update as it pertains to children with disabilities and enforcing Child Support Obligations
  • And more…Listen to experts, ask your questions. You’ll come away with knowledge and a vital dose of confidence that the help you need is close at hand. The panel for this webinar will feature Catherine McQueen, Principal, Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law; Courtney McCarthy, Esq., McCarthy Law PLLC; and Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, The Arc of Northern Virginia.All workshops presented by The Arc of Northern Virginia are FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required

Life After High School – Finding the Right Fit for Neurodiverse Learners
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Register here
There are a multitude of paths that students can take after high school to achieve their goals in life. Naturally, parents want to see their children develop into resilient, capable young adults, living as independently as possible. Obtaining a college degree is one way to achieve this, but there are others. In recent years, many colleges and post-secondary programs have broadened their services to become more inclusive of all learners. This presentation will examine the wide range of higher education models for students with Autism, ADHD, and language-based learning challenges, as well as for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This webinar is Webinars an FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Transition Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, March 17th – 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Register here
These small group sessions are an opportunity to begin creating a plan for the future. Learn what kinds of employment and meaningful day support services are available, how to explore post-secondary options, what transportation supports exist, how to help your child make decisions and advocate, when to apply for SSI and manage benefits, and what recreation activities are available.

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


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

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

The Arc of Northern Virginia

  • Supported Decision Making = Alternatives to Guardianship
    A 3-part series of webinars hosted by The Arc of Northern Virginia reviews the concept of Supported Decision Making, how and when it can be used, and how it intersects with guardianship. Presented by Jonathan Martinis, attorney and national Supported Decision Making (SDM) expert, Jonathan shares stories of SDM usage in practice to illustrate how people with disabilities and their families can use this practicable option.

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)

Assistive Technology & Transition: Evaluation, Identification, & Acquisition
Dr. Joey Wallace (Length 29:40 minutes)

Opportunities Offered through Career Tech Ed
Domenic Giandomenico(Length 29:50 minutes)

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)

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.