Event Calendar


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

Lunch & Learn

Parent Resource Center Lunch and Learn: Communicating and Collaborating as a Member of Your Child’s IEP Team
Thursday, January 27, 2022: 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Register here for virtual session
Families are valuable members of the IEP Team. This Lunch and Learn session presented by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Specialist Chiquita Seaborne, will focus on collaborating with school teams while maintaining the focus of ensuring your child receives a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Attendees will also learn:

  • organizational tips for preparing for IEP meetings;
  • how to identify barriers to communication; and
  • ways to communicate concerns during IEP meetings

Ms. Chiquita Seaborne, VDOE Family Engagement Specialist

Chiquita Seaborne is the Family Engagement Specialist/Special Projects Coordinator in the Special Education and Student Services department at Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). She received her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Old Dominion University, a Master of Arts in Special Education-Secondary Transition from The George Washington University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Hampton University. She is a current doctoral student at Hampton University with a research focus on family engagement and student outcomes.

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IMG_7331La Sopa de la Abuela: Una telenovela de educación especial – Talleres educativos para familias
Jueves de 7pm a 8:30pm
Apoye el éxito de su estudiante inscribiéndose

Taller 1: 27 de enero de 2022 – ¿Qué está pasando con mi hijo?
Taller 2: 3 de febrero de 2022 – ¿Qué necesitamos saber?
Taller 3: 10 de febrero de 2022 -¿Por qué hay tantas pruebas?
Taller 4: 17 de febrero de 2022 – ¿Cómo afrontamos ésta noticia?
Taller 5: 24 de febrero de 2022 – ¿Qué pasa si no estamos de acuerdo?

Durante esta serie virtual de cinco semanas, las familias participarán en cinco talleres educativos basados en La Sopa de la Abuela. Los talleres serán divertidos, interactivos, en español y a través de Zoom.

El proceso de educación especial puede ser complejo, emocional y abrumador. Únase a otras familias para aprender sobre el proceso de educación especial, compartir información, desarrollar habilidades para colaborar con la escuela, y tener un impacto positivo en el éxito de los estudiantes.

Para más información, por favor comuníquese con el Centro de Recursos para Padres al (703)228-7239.
Lea más sobre La Sopa de la Abuela aquí.

La Sopa de la Abuela: A Special Education Telenovela – Parent Learning Sessions
Thursdays: 7pm to 8:30pm
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Session 1: January 27, 2022 – What’s Going on with My Child?
Session 2: February 3, 2022 – What Do We Need to Know?
Session 3: February 10, 2022 –Why Are There So Many Tests?
Session 4: February 17, 2022 – How Do We Cope With This News?
Session 5: February 24, 2022 – What if We Disagree?

During this free five-week series, parents will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated learning sessions for La Sopa de la Abuela’s five episodes. The engaging and interactive sessions will be held virtually via Zoom in Spanish. Navigating the special education process can be complex, emotional and sometimes overwhelming. During these sessions, participants will learn about the special education process, share information, develop advocacy skills, and prepare to engage in collaborative home-school partnerships which positively impact student success.

Read more about La Sopa de la Abuela here. Questions? Please contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239.


Your Child’s IEP: What Parents Need to Know
February 1, 2022
Morning Session: 10am to Noon
Evening Session: 7pm to 9pm
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Join PRC Coordinators Gina DeSalvo and Kathleen Donovan, for an overview of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). This session will address:

  • The important role parents play as IEP Team Members
  • What to Expect at IEP Meetings
    • IEP Team Members/Roles
    • Components of the IEP
      • Present levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
      • Measurable Annual Goals
      • Progress Monitoring
      • Diploma Options & Assessments
      • Modifications and Accommodations
      • Special Considerations and Extended School Year (ESY)
      • Specialized Instruction and Related Services
      • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • How to Prepare for IEP Meetings
  • Team Collaboration Strategies


Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting/Reunión del Comité Asesor de Educación Especial de Arlington (ASEAC)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Virtual Meeting –  via Zoom
Registration coming soon

This 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 at least four business days in advance of a meeting to request assistance.

Esta parte de negocios de esta reunión se grabará a través de Zoom.Al comienzo de cada reunión, ASEAC agradece los comentarios del público sobre las necesidades de los estudiantes con discapacidades en APS. Consulte las Pautas de comentarios públicos de la ASEAC en https://www.apsva.us/special-education-advisory-committee para obtener información sobre cómo enviar comentarios públicos.Cualquier persona que requiera un intérprete y / o con una alguna discapacidad que necesite adaptaciones para atender a la reunión debe comunicarse con el Centro de Recursos para Padres y solicitar asistencia al 703.228.7239 o prc@apsva.us con al menos quatro días de anticipación antes de la reunión.

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.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope – Free Film Screening
January 19, 2022: 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Toxic stress can wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. The Resilience film chronicles trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare who are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress. Register for the free film screening here by January 16th.
Sponsored by The Solano Health Equity Committee


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Still Meeting Virtually
Register here for Zoom Meeting(s)
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

  • January 30th
  • February 13th and 27th
  • March 13th and 27th
  • April 10th and 24th
  • May 9th and 22nd
  • June 5th and 19th

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)

View Arlington NAMI Support Groups 2022 Flyer


Nurturing Parents | English & Spanish
Wednesdays: January 26—March 16, 2022
For parents with children of all ages: Receive support in topics such as child development, praise and empathy, family rules and expectations, stress management and much more!

Strengthening Families | English
Thursdays: January 27—March 10, 2022
For parents and youth ages 10-14: Strengthen your family bond with discussions, games, projects, and much more. Families will discuss topics such as family stress, tobacco use, peer pressure, and more.

Family Coaching | English & Spanish
Open enrollment—-Meet weekly with a Family Coach to identify individualized goals and create a targeted family plan.

Register for SCAN programs here.
Text SCAN to 703-991-6632 for text updates and notifications.