Radford City Schools

Special Education: PARENT EDUCATOR RESOURCE CENTER

Parent Resource Center for Radford City Public Schools 

    The Parent Resource Center is open to promote student success by helping parents and educators come together as a team. We know there are times families may need someone to listen to their concerns, or assist them in exploring ways that best help their child with disabilities. Our staff is available to offer guidance about the special education process, family involvement activities, and links to various community resources and information. The PRC is filled with free materials for parents to take to help with specific challenges. The center also offers an extensive lending library of books, activities, DVDs, and curriculum parents can check out and use for their needs. The staff at the PRC will be giving training or workshops through out the school year to help parents navigate through a variety of topics. Examples of some of the training may include but not be limited to "A Crash Course in Special Education," "Preparing for School Success," "Positive Behavioral Interventions," "Accessing Community Resources," "Mentoring Positive Parent and School Partnerships," etc. Childcare and refreshments will be made available during training and workshops. 

 

Meet the Staff

B'easy Thompson (RCPS School Psychologist and Parent) bthompson@rcps.org

Angela McCauley (RCPS Special Education Teacher and Parent) amccauley@rcps.org

Nicole Burgard (Special Education Teacher and Parent) nburgard@rcps.org

Visit the PERC website at www.rcps.org

(on website click on “Academics” then “Student Services” to find the PRC link)

Location:

McHarg Elementary School

700 12th Street

Radford, VA 24141

(540) 731-3679

perc@rcps.org

 

Hours:

Tuesdays 10:00 am-12:00pm

Thursdays 12:00pm-2:00pm

*additional hours are available by request

 

What We Do

Serve: all Radford City families, agencies, and the community placing an emphasis on being a liaison between the home and school.

 

Provide: support through listening and problem solving with individual families.  We provide the community with information regarding resources and services available within the local area.

 

Maintain: a lending library of books, DVDs, journals, pamphlets, and educational technology to enhance parenting and family interactions and assist schools in meeting the needs of all children.

 

 Offer: trainings,  workshops, and resources for parents and school staff for building positive parent/ school partnerships. We also schedule individual meetings with families to assist with specific needs/requests.

 

Why Contact the PERC?

  • To get support and problem solve with other parents
  • To better understand the special education process
  • To register for a workshop or training
  • To make an appointment for one-on-one training for a specific need
  • To get information about parent support groups in the local area
  • To learn about your rights and responsibilities according to IDEA (Special Education Law)
  • To gain information about other services: Title I, Title III, Homebound Instruction, Project Hope, McKinney-Vento Act, 504 Services, Home Schooling, Foster Care: Best Interest Determination.  
 
Lending Library Resources
(abbreviated version)

  • Parenting Pamphlets, Books, and DVDs  (such as the Love and Logic series by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. and 1-2-3 Magic series by Thomas W Phelan, Ph.D)
 
  • Behavior Modification Pamphlets, Books, and DVDs (such as the Behavior Intervention Manual by Hawthorne Educational Services, Inc.)
 
  • Child Development Pamphlets and Books (such as Your One-Year Old through Your Ten-To-Fourteen Year Old by Louise Bates Ames)
 
  • Special Education Laws, Regulations, and many resources explaining the referral and IEP process.
 
  • A variety of resources giving information about specific challenges  such as ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities, Depression/Anxiety, PDD/Aspergers/Autism, etc.
 
  • A variety of resources/activities to help build Social Skills, Self Esteem, Study Skills, Learning Strategies, etc.
 
 
Below are helpful PARENTING LINKS:
 
1) Common Discipline Problems of Elementary School Students
 
2) Autism Web (A Parent's Guide to Autism)

3) A Guide to Learning Disabilities and ADHD
 

Virginia Parent Resource Centers: linking families, schools and communities

Virginia’s Parent Resource Centers are committed to a positive relationship between parents and schools for students’ sake. PRCs assist parents with questions and planning, as well as provide resources and training sessions.  About 46 of the 134 school divisions in Virginia maintain a PRC. Radford City Schools will have a Parent Resource Center opening the Fall of the 2016-1017 school year. Three staff members will be available for developing trainings and providing resources for parents of students with disabilities. RCPS will be developing a strong parent engagement program to foster a positive relationship between families, schools and our community.  

 

Virginia Family Special Education Connection

Virginia Family Special Education Connection is a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive information on special education issues, practices and services to Virginia families who have children with disabilities. This resource was developed by VDOE, in collaboration with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University. 

A Parent's Guide to Special Education

This publication was developed to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities, their child's rights and the school's responsibilities to meet the special needs of their child. The guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required of you and the school during each step of that process. Important timelines are highlighted in each section.

A Parent's Guide To Special Education is provided in these formats:

 
 

Center for Family Involvement Resources
CFI resources
PDF document
PRC Data Reports
PRC Data Report 2014 PDF document
PRC Data Report 2013 PDF document

PRC Connect for Success Conference 2015
Connect for Success 2015 Agenda Booklet
Connect for Success 2015 Limerick Entries
Connect for Success 2015 Adoptive, Fosters and Kinship Families PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Asian Culture PPT
Connect for Success 2015 AT Guide Handout
Connect for Success 2015 AT Resource Guide
Connect for Success 2015 Brain Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Change PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Collaboration Communication PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Communication Handout 2
Connect for Success 2015 Communication Handout 3
Connect for Success 2015 Cultural Humility PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Culturally Responsive Instructional Practices PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Engaging Fathers PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Facilitated IEPs PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Fathers Resources Handout
Connect for Success 2015 FBA PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Graduating PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Group Brain Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Interdependence Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Listening Handout
Connect for Success 2015 MAPS Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Marketing Strategies PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Messaging PPT
Connect for Success 2015 MH Journey PPT
Connect for Success 2015 MH Resources Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Military PTAC PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Negotiation PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Negotiators Handout 2
Connect for Success 2015 Negotiators Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Network of Support Handout 2
Connect for Success 2015 Network of Support Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Personality Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Poverty Framework Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Social Capital Handout
Connect for Success 2015 Social Capital Keynote PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Social Capital Workshop PPT
Connect for Success 2015 Title I
Connect for Success 2015 Transition

PRC Connect for Success Conference 2014
PRC Conference 2014_Agenda
PRC Conference 2014_Executive Skills Toolbox
PRC Conference 2014_Executive Skills Toolbox 2
PRC Conference 2014_Executive Skills Toolbox 3
PRC Conference 2014_Executive Skills Toolbox 4
PRC Conference 2014_Credit Accommodations
PRC Conference 2014_Making Presentations Engaging
PRC Conference 2014_VTSS Overview
PRC Conference 2014_Families Experiencing Homelessness
PRC Conference 2014_Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
PRC Conference 2014_What Educators Need to Know about Homelessness
PRC Conference 2014_What Families and Shelters Need to know about Homelessness
PRC Conference 2014_ Military Families on the Move
PRC Conference 2014_APPy Hour
PRC Conference 2014_Im Determined Parent Connection
PRC Conference 2014_Im Determined
PRC Conference 2014_Bullying
PRC Conference 2014_Bullying 2
PRC Conference 2014_Bullying 3
PRC Conference 2014_Bullying 4
PRC Conference 2014_Bullying 5
PRC Conference 2014_Bullying 6
PRC Conference 2014_Workin within your School Division to Increase Parent Involvement
PRC Conference 2014_If You Build It Will They Come
PRC Conference 2014_If You Build It Will They Come 2
PRC Conference 2014_If You Build It Will They Come 3
PRC Conference 2014_Transition

PRC Guidebook and Tools
PRC Guidebook PDF document
Regulations Governing Special Education Programs in Va. PDF document
Parent’s Guide to Special Education (English) PDF document
Parent’s Guide to Special Education (Spanish) PDF document

Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (English) PDF document
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Spanish) PDF document
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Arabic) PDF document
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Chinese) PDF document
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Urdu) PDF document
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Farsi) PDF document
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Korean) PDF document
Your Family’s Special Education Rights – Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Vietnamese) PDF document

Parents Guide to Dispute Resolution PDF document
Multicultural Parenting: A Summary of Practices and Traditions PDF document
Resources In English_Spanish

The Time is Now: Diversity Inclusion for Parent Centers & Advocates – may be purchased through Pacer Center http://www.parentcenternetwork.org/national/resources/curricula.html

Parent Primer on Special Education Acronymshttp://www.taese.org/cms/images/_utahstate_media/documents/AcronymPrimer_JC_kr_12.pdf PDF document

Acronyms – PEATC http://www.peatc.org/peatc.cgim?template=helpfulinfo.acronyms

Virginia Center on Transition Innovations www.centerontransition.org

Virginia Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership www.virginiaselfadvocacy.org

Virginia Training and Technical Assistance Center www.ttaconline.org

Virginia Training and Technical Assistance Center online resources for parentswww.ttaconline.org/staff/s_resources/s_resources_subcontent.asp?dis=18

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education
www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/parents/index.shtml

ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center www.taalliance.org
The ALLIANCE National PTAC is an innovative partnership of one national and six regional parent technical assistance centers, each funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. These seven projects comprise a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating more than 100 Parent Training and Information centers and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The national and regional parent technical assistance centers work to strengthen the connections to the larger OSEP Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network and fortify partnerships between parent centers and education systems at local, state, and national levels.

Center for Family Involvement (CFI) www.centerforfamilyinvolvement.org
The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so their family members with disabilities can lead the lives they want for themselves. CFI provides information, resources and training for family members and professionals.

Channing Bete Company www.channing–bete.com
The Channing Bete Company’s mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities by reinforcing healthy behaviors and commitment to positive social values. A variety of brochures, booklets, CDs and presentation materials are available to encourage parent involvement.

Great Schools www.greatschools.net
Great Schools empowers and inspires parents to get involved in their children’s development and educational success. It offers preschool, elementary, middle and high school information for public, private and charter schools nationwide.

Harvard Family Research Project www.hfrp.org
The work of this project strengthens family, school and community partnerships; early childhood care and education; promotes evaluation and accountability; and offers professional development to those who work directly with children, youth and families. The audiences for HFRP’s work include policymakers, practitioners, researchers, evaluators, philanthropists, teachers, school administrators and concerned individuals. The Storybook Corner, found on this website, offers resources to help educators, families and those who work with families promote the discussion and practice of family involvement in children’s education in a wide range of settings. Launched in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, Storybook Corner provides a list of storybooks with family involvement themes and tools for using the storybooks.

I’m Determined www.Imdetermined.org
This website provides strategies to assist children and youth with disabilities in developing self-determination skills to help them take control of their own lives.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education www.ncpie.org
At NCPIE, the mission is simple: to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education and to foster relationships between home, school and community to enhance the education of all of the nation’s young people. NCPIE serves as a clearinghouse for resources that help build and facilitate effective family-school partnerships.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities www.nichcy.org
This center provides information to the nation on disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation’s special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation’s general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

National PTA www.pta.org
As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, National Parent Teacher Association provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy and successful in school and in life.

National PTO www.ptotoday.com
Toolkits are available to encourage parent involvement. Access requires registration.

PACER Center www.pacer.org
By providing assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center www.peatc.org
Virginia’s Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center provides services and support for families and professionals, easy-to-understand information and training, and opportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement.

Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education www.taese.org
TAESE provides disability-related information and training materials for education administrators, teachers, and families. Resources are available for free download or purchase of hard copies.

The Parent Institute www.parent-institute.com
The mission of The Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children. The Parent Institute publishes a variety of materials including newsletters, booklets, audio CDs, brochures, videos and presentation kits.

The SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools www.sedl.org
SEDL supports school, family and community partnerships by establishing partnerships to advance the changing role of families and communities in student learning that is being promoted by the No Child Left Behind Act. SEDL also develops and distributes researchbased resources and tools on school, family and community partnerships to those groups.

U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov 
This site offers various resources to assist parents with school success for their children. No Child Left Behind resources are available here. “Reaching All Families: Creating Family-Friendly Schools” is a publication from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement designed for school staff to assist in involving parents as active participants in their children’s education.