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NEW  Family Engagement Session

Focus on Virtual Instruction vs. In-Person Instruction for the 2021-22 School Year

July 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. – Live Virtual Session

This Family Engagement Session is open to families of English Learners students.

Join us while we explore the benefits of in-person instruction vs. virtual instruction during the upcoming school year. Discover the advantages of in-person language acquisition and learn the role of developing language in both settings. During this information session we will share language learning supports and will highlight the differences between the two learning models available in the fall.

Presenters for this session include:

Lynmara Colón, Prince William County Public Schools, Director of English Learner Programs and Services. Dr. Colón brings over 18 years of educational experience serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. As principal of an elementary school in 2014, she served over 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and was able to increase reading engagement by leading a culture of literacy, personalized learning, and collaborative learning teams. As Director, she supports over 20,000 English Learners, teachers, and their families. Dr. Colón holds two master’s degrees: a degree in curriculum and instruction, and the other in educational leadership. She earned her doctorate degree in education policy from Old Dominion University.

Christina Lo, Prince William County Public Schools, Supervisor of English Learner Programs and Services. Ms. Lo brings over 15 years of experience as an educator and central office leader. She supports school administrators and teachers as they work with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Ms. Lo holds a master’s degree in intercultural studies and TESOL with endorsements in ESL, Spanish and administration. She is passionate about curating and providing high quality professional development that builds the capacity of each participant, no matter their title or role.

PWCS is a recipient of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (‘‘ARP ESSER’’) Fund, under section 2001 of the American Rescue Plan ("ARP") Act of 2021. Details on current fall learning plans are available on the PWCS website. Please note that the ARP ESSER fund has limitations and rules from both the federal government and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) restricting its use to only specific allowable costs. These details are still being finalized by VDOE, but are generally restricted to use in responding to the educational disruptions caused by the COVID–19 pandemic.

For information regarding the Family Engagement Session, contact Translation & Interpretation Services at

Register for July 21, 2021 Zoom session

For accommodations please complete this form

Are you looking for ways to support your child during these unprecedented times?

Take a look at some suggested resources  available to you and your family.

Watch a video to learn about Available Supports for Families


Parents as Educational Partners Sessions

Our Division  offers sessions to help families acclimate themselves with the US educational system. The Parents as Educational Partners  programs (PEP) are available at many schools and at our Global Welcome Centers in both Woodbridge and Manassas. 

The PEP program includes:

  • Orientation to PWCS
  • School Procedures Information
  • Initiatives to Promote Healthy Youth
  • Rosetta Stone Learning
  • And More!


For additional information and to register, contact Caroline Amin, the Bilingual Parent Liaison, at 571-374-6813 or email at