ADVOCACY AFTERNOON WEBINARS
GENERAL ASSEMBLY RECAP & EDUCATION FUNDING
(May 13, 2020 12:00pm & 7:00pm)
Join us for a recap of the 2020 General Assembly Session and a look at how the state and federal COVID-19 response has impacted education funding. We'll talk about how you can work with your local school board to support the students and families in your community.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE DURING COVID-19
Trauma informed schools are not new, and their success has been proven through extensive data. Learn what makes a school trauma informed, how it is more vital than ever before, and how to be a trauma informed schools advocate. Jenna White, Virginia PTA Health and Safety Chair, is the parent of a college age son and a middle schooler. Jenna is an ACE Interface certified presenter, and a member of the Safe and Sound Schools Leadership Council.
(June 10, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Additional Resources: Ways to Promote Resiliance During COVID-19 || Trauma Informed Teaching-Parenting in On-line learning || Supporting Children During Coronavirus || National PTA Trauma Informed Care Position Statement
SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES THROUGH PTA
(June 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
MENTAL HEALTH & SUICIDE PREVENTION DURING COVID-19
(June 24, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
SPECIAL EDUCATION DURING COVID-19
(July 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Join Hank Millward the Virginia Department of Education's Director of the Office of Specialized Education Facilities and Family Engagement within the Department of Special Education and Student Services (SESS) for this special webinar to answer questions that families have about supporting special needs children during COVID-19.
- What special education services are required under federal and state special education laws and regulations;
- How will my child's special education and related services be provided;
- How do I effectively participate in my child's IEP meetings, especially if done through virtual means;
- How can I best support my child while at home doing distance learning;
- What questions should I be asking my child's IEP team?
- Review of current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Education, and best practice tips.
ADVANCING EQUITY & OPPORTUNITY IN VIRGINIA'S SCHOOLS
(July 22, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Achieving equity in a remote learning environment requires intentional programs that ensure support for student populations who often already have reduced opportunities for academic success. In this special webinar Leah Dozier Walker, Director for Equity and Community Engagement at the Virginia Department of Education will share an update on work by Virginia's African American History Education Commission, the equity planning audits recommended for school re-opening and other work the Virginia Department of Education is undertaking to create improved learning opportunities for underserved groups including students of color, early learners, English Learners, students experiencing poverty and homelessness, and students with disabilities.
Leah Dozier Walker has devoted her career to public service and social justice. Leah currently serves as the Director for Equity and Community Engagement at the Virginia Department of Education where she leads statewide efforts aimed at advancing education equity, closing the achievement gap, and decreasing disproportionality in student outcomes. Leah is a proud PTA member and mom to two daughters.
VIRGINIA'S DIGITAL DIVIDE, CONNECTING FAMILIES TO THE INTERNET
(August 5, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
ADVOCATING FOR YOUR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT
(August 12, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
The pandemic has created new and unique changes for special education families. Join Lorraine Hightower for tips and tools that will help you be an effective and powerful advocate for your special needs student as you prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.
Lorraine is a certified dyslexia and special education advocate who works with families to support children of all ages. Through her personal outreach she continues to inform and influence local education leaders, legislators and community members on best practices for children with specific learning disabilities. She has been instrumental in affecting local policy and state legislation to improve the educational experience for special education students.Lorraine is a past chair and current member of the Loudoun County Special Education Advisory Committee and served on the Loudoun County School Board's Special Education Ad-hoc Committee which was tasked with addressing restraint and seclusion practices. Lorraine is a past PTA president for her son's elementary school and was recognized in 2016 as Virginia PTA's Child Advocate of the Year.
SUPPORTING LATINX FAMILIES TOWN HALL
(Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm)
Join Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, the Virginia PTA, and the Virginia Latino Advisory Board on August 27th from 7:00PM to 8:30PM for a virtual town hall discussion about the community of support and services available to help Virginia's Latinx community prepare for the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and upcoming school year. The town hall will be moderated by Secretary Qarni and simulcast in English and Spanish.
Los invitamos a una reunión con el secretario de educación, el senior Atif Qarni, la PTA de Virginia, y Virginia Latino Advisory Board el 27 de agosto desde las 7.00 p.m. hasta las 8.30 p.m., para un ayuntamiento en línea, acerca de la comunidad de apoyo y servicios disponibles para ayudar a que la comunidad latina de Virginia se prepare para los desafíos de la pandemia de la Covid-19 y del año escolar que se aproxima. La reunión será dirigida por el secretario Qarni y transmitida simultáneamente en inglés y español.
- Paul Berry, Chair, Governor's Virginia Latino Advisory Board
- Pamela Kestner, MSW Chief Deputy, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
- Dr. Sandy Curwood, Virginia Department of Education, Director of the Office of School Nutrition Programs
- Maribel Saimre, Virginia Department of Education, Director of Student Services
- Dr. Jessica Costa, Virginia Department of Education, English Learner Specialist
- Dr. Luciana de Oliveira,Virginia Commonwealth University, Associate Dean ofAcademic Affair