Parent Resource Center Virtual Workshops

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  • A Parent's Guide to Section 504 in the Schools (February 16, 2021)
  • The Functional Behavioral Assessment and the Behavior Intervention Plan (FBA/BIP) (March 16, 2021)
  • AT from A to Z: A Look at Assistive Technology Supports in Prince William County Schools (April 20, 2021)

"Understanding and Addressing Trauma in Children and Youth" with Kelly Henderson, Ph.D. and Beth Spivack, MSW

  • Workshop by The Arc and PWCS - Office of Special Education (Parent Resource Center)
  • When:    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Where:   Virtual Meeting via Zoom
  • *For Details look under Events.

Family Engagement Series: Overview of the Special Education Process and the Parent Resource Center

  • When: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 (7:00 p.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • This session of the Family Engagement Series is for PWCS families of students who are English learners, Title I, and/or receive special education services. During the session, we will discuss what to do if you suspect your child has a disability or if you have questions about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). We will also share information about resources and supports available to parents through the Parent Resource Center. Links to online resources will be provided. Presenters for this session include:
    • Dr. Michelle M. Roper, Director of Special Education: Dr. Roper holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in special education and applied behavior analysis from George Mason University. She is the 2020 recipient of the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education (VCASE) Mary Lou Wall Award of Excellence. Dr. Roper was recognized for her transformative leadership, which has deeply impacted students, faculty, and staff in PWCS. The award honors her courage and proficiency in support of excellence in special educational services.
    • Rhonda Tabor, M.Ed., Parent Resource Specialist: Ms. Tabor has experience as a parent of a child with a disability. Throughout her professional career, she has worked for a variety of agencies that serve the disability community in positions such as rehabilitation services manager, early intervention coordinator, and Medicaid Waiver case manager. As a volunteer, she supports Special Olympics as bocce coach. 

"Are You Forgetting to Care for Yourself? Managing Parental Stress" with Tia Marsili

  • Workshop by The Arc and PWCS - Office of Special Education (Parent Resource Center)
  • When:    Friday, December 11, 2020 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • Where:   Virtual Meeting via Zoom
  • *For Details look under Events.

Understanding Special Education Session 3: Parents as Partners in the IEP Process (2020)

  • When: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
  • Dispute Resolution in Special Education Participants will become familiar with informal and formal special education dispute resolution option is available when there is disagreement with the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a child; and/or the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). This includes the administrative point of contact, Central Office Review (COR), mediation, due process hearing, and state complaint.
  • For Accomodations.
  • Zoom registration.

"Are You “Turning 18 in Virginia: What Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families Need to Know” with Tammy Burns, Family Support Specialist, PEATC

  • Workshop by The Arc and PWCS - Office of Special Education (Parent Resource Center)
  • When:    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Where:   Virtual Meeting via Zoom
  • *For Details look under Events.

What is the Parent Resource Center?

In operation since November 1992, the PWCS' Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)'s mission is to assist parents and families of children with disabilities to become active participants in their child's education. Its goal is to promote a positive relationship between parents and educators.

The PRC provides information, lending library (PDF), and supports parents regarding the special education process in Prince William County, and will refer parents to appropriate resources in the Division and the community. PRC staff may not serve as advocates for parents in School Intervention, IEP, or Eligibility meetings or attend a Central Office Review, State Mediation, or Due Process Hearing. 

Please check the events page often for information that may be of interest to you. TTAC Online, their websites are listed on the Events page, has many resources.

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) can provide bilingual support for parents. If interested in receiving this support, contact the PRC by phone at 703-791-8846 or 703-791-7438. Please provide the following information:

  1. Name
  2. First Language
  3. Days/Times available for consultation, and
  4. Contact information (phone number and/or email address)

 TTAC Resource Spotlight

Presented by Virginia Department of Education Training & Technical Assistance Center George Mason University.

Family Resources for Virtual and Hybrid Special Education.

* For Details look under Events.


Prince William Family Recharge: Free Child Care

Formed Families Forward

Prince William residents can receive up to 20 hours a week of free child care between October 24 and December 4, 2020. Use this free time to work without interruptions, look for a job, get help supervise virtual learning, run errands or just get as much needed break. Eligible applicants must:

  • Live in Prince William County.
  • Be parenting a child or children with disabilities or other special needs.
  • Be impacted by circumstances related to COVID-19.
  • Be able to identify their own childcare provider. Formed Families Forward will conduct background checks for child care providers. All child care providers will receive $20 per hour.

Learn more and complete the interest form.

For more information call (571) 453-1749 or email

Print Only Flyer (PDF)

PEATC - Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (Continuously Updating)

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