Alliance 2019 Breakout Session

Presented by: Ms. Lozano Caldera, Equity and Excellence Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools 

Navigating special education is a challenging process for any family. Even more so, for immigrant families who may not be proficient in English, nor familiar with the rights and services available for children with special needs. This breakout session will introduce you to Arlington Public Schools’ family-friendly, culturally responsive educational telenovela, jointly produced by staff and families. It offers new ideas to help orient, prepare, and support Spanish speaking families to effectively participate in the special education process.

Participants interested in creating a model to use with families in their district will understand the process and impact. In addition, attendees will experience several activities to gain first-hand knowledge of the strategies used with families.

Join “Using The Telenovela As a Tool to Navigate Special Education” breakout session on November 21, 2019, at the Millennium Biltmore in Downtown Los Angeles, and learn how you can obtain new ideas to prepare families to navigate special education and advocate for their children. Register here.


Ms. Lozano Caldera has considerable experience working with immigrant families, particularly at-risk youth and domestic violence cases. Currently, Ms. Lozano Caldera is an Equity and Excellence Coordinator in Arlington Public Schools (APS) in Virginia where she has worked closely with the APS Family and Community Engagement Office for the last seven years. She provides students and parents with the resources necessary to develop behaviors that support academic success while building staff capacity in culturally responsive teaching. Ms. Lozano Caldera is currently working on projects related to equity and family engagement. Read More.