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Thursday, February 07, 2013

FCPS to Host Special Education Conference March 2

The eighth annual Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Special Education Conference: Parents + Educators + Students = Success, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Hayfield Secondary School. 
The conference, designed for parents and educators of students who receive special education services and FCPS middle and high school-age students who receive special education services, will feature Robert Brooks as the keynote presenter.  Brooks, a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School, is one of the country’s leading speakers on resilience, self-esteem, and motivation.  He is the author and co-author of 15 books including Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; and The Power of Resilience. 
Parents and educators can attend over 30 workshops and 100 exhibits to learn about the latest research, strategies, special education services, and community resources for students with disabilities. FCPS middle and high school-age students who receive special education services can attend the conference with their parents and participate in a strand of workshops on topics such as homework help, self-determination, Microsoft Word strategies, and activities designed just for students.  General and special education teachers can earn recertification points for attending the conference.
The FCPS Department of Special Services, Department of Communications and Community Outreach, and the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities are serving as co-sponsors of the conference.
A list of conference workshops and registration information is available online or by calling 703-204-3941.
Note:  Hayfield Secondary School is located at 7630 Telegraph Road in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.