Event Calendar

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 2019: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 452/454, Arlington, VA 22204
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 239 or prc@apsva.us at least seven business days in advance of a meeting to request assistance.

  • 7:00 – 7:15 pm – Welcome, Member Introductions and Public Comments
  • 7:15 – 7:30 pm – Office of Special Education Updates and Response to Past Public Comments
  • 7:30 – 7:45 pm – ASEAC Committee Updates
  • 7:45 – 8:45 pm – Presentations by ASEAC’s Mental Health and Outreach Working Groups
  • 8:45 – 9 pm – Planning for ASEAC’s End-of-Year Report

An Introduction to Special Education
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Morning Session: 9:30am to Noon
Evening Session: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204 J
Join us for this informative session designed to support families in navigating the special education process. This session is especially beneficial for parents who are concerned that their child might have a disability; parents who are participating in the special education process (i.e. have attended a Student Study Committee meeting); and parents new to the special education process. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the special education process in depth as they learn about:

  • how students are referred for special education evaluations
  • how Virginia defines educational disabilities
  • how determinations regarding special eligibility are made
  • the role of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in providing supports and services to students
  • the reevaluation process
  • the roles and rights of parents throughout the process
  • how parents can prepare for active participation in special education meetings
  • and effective tools to build collaborative relationships between families and school-based team members

Registration is required. Register online now or contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239.

Becoming an Active Member of Your Child’s IEP Team
April 30, 2019
Morning Session: 9:30am to Noo
Evening Session  7:00pm to 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 171, Arlington, VA  22204
Parents of students receiving special education services are encouraged to attend this helpful workshop to:

  • understand components of the IEP, including Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, measurable annual goals, assessment options, service delivery models, and accommodations for students with disabilities;
  • learn how to prepare for IEP meetings; and
  • develop effective collaboration skills to work with your school-based team members.

Registration is requested. Register online now or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us

Promoting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students’ Literacy in American Sign Language and English: A Complete Bilingual Approach
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7pm to 9pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204
Featured Presenters:
JENNIFER CRANSTON, 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 requestedRegister online or contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703.228.7239
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Super Sibs Club Sibshop
May 16: 4:30 to 6:30pm
Location: 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 prc@apsva.us 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: https://www.siblingsupport.org/about-sibshops. For additional information, contact the PRC at 703.228.7239.


Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting Schedule
Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204


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.