Parent Education


New in 2017!

We are pleased to provide a new parent education and workshop series. Thanks to responses on a member survey, we are able to prioritize and schedule the following sessions:

April 27th at 7:00 pm on The Ins and Outs of Individualized Education: Do you know the difference between an IAT, a 504 and an IEP? Join Patrick Henry School Counselor, Erin Upton, and School Psychologist, Karen Reich, to learn about the choices that APS parents have in advocating for the individualized education needs of their children.

March 7th at 7:30 pm on the Virginia529 College Savings Plan: During the March PTA meeting, Rebecca Lyons, a Virginia529 representative will provide a 30-minute informative presentation and take questions relating to setting up college savings plans, including a plan called inVEST that can be opened for as little as $25! For those who cannot attend the PTA meeting, Ms. Lyons will return on Friday, March 10th at 9:00 am for a second session.

March 7th at 7:00 pm on the new Arlington Tech High School: Margaret Chung, Career Center Principal, will provide an informational session on the new Arlington Tech High School. Arlington Tech is a rigorous, project-based learning, high school program that prepares students to succeed in college and in the workplace through collaborative problem solving. Arlington Tech students learn how to effectively apply their interdisciplinary academic knowledge with skills developed in their Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. Projects serve to integrate these classes and provide hands-on, work-based learning opportunities in which students put theory into action and use critical thinking skills to solve relevant local and global problems in real-time. Learning at Arlington Tech is active (through inquiry), authentic (through projects), and motivated by the students’ interest. Arlington Tech is located at the Arlington Career Center campus, where students have access to exceptional lab spaces and a variety of Dual-Enrolled (DE) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.  This competitive program is open to all 8th grade students in Arlington who meet the application requirements.

  • Presentation Slides for this session can be viewed here: Arlington Tech

February 15th at 6:30 pm on Children and Anxiety: Anxiety is a normal part of being human, and every child goes through anxious phases that are temporary and usually harmless. Some children, however, have so much anxiety that they feel badly or avoid places and activities. Children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk of doing poorly in school or of missing out socially. Fortunately, anxiety is usually very treatable. Come hear from developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Barbara Howard, who will talk to interested Patrick Henry parents about this important topic. A light dinner and babysitting will be provided.