Lovely young girl holding a Valentine heart for you.Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone—and happy President’s Day, too. This issue premieres several resources of import to the Parent Center network, most especially the 2014-15 Parent Center Data Collection Form and the latest training module on Part C of IDEA, Introduction to Procedural Safeguards.

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Premiering the New Data Collection Form

The rumor is finally reality! The data collection form that Parent Centers use to report on their fabulous work has been revised. The form now includes definitions of key terms, so PTIs and CPRCs will have a common understanding of the data they need to record and report for the 2014-2015 program year (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015).

Because we’re already midway through the reporting period, this year will be a pilot year for the new form. This gives Parent Centers the opportunity to learn how the terms are defined, what to report where and about whom, and how to revise their data collection systems.

We’ve posted the new data collection form and definitions key on a Webinar page we created to house the form, the key to definitions, and the 40-minute webinar we pre-recorded to introduce the form and the definitions key to the network. Come and get ’em!

Find the form and the definitions key at:
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/webinar-datacollectionform/

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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are several newbies.

Overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
WIOA is designed to help job seekers (including youth with disabilities) access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need.

Bureau of Indian Education National Directory.
This resource gives Parent Centers a list of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded schools in their state. The BIE is responsible for the 183 elementary and secondary schools located on 63 reservations in 23 states representing 238 different tribes. With this list, Parent Centers can identify which schools are publicly funded or funded by the BIE, in order to help Native American families access their due process rights through the appropriate agency (either the BIE or the state department of education, depending on how the school is funded).

New Part C training module: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards.
Hot off the press! You can use Module 10 of NICHCY’s training curriculum on Part C of IDEA to acquaint families and other stakeholders with the procedural safeguards in early intervention. The module comes with a slideshow, trainer’s guide, handouts, and an activity sheet for participants.

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Spotlight on … Resources to Support Involvement in Your State’s SSIP

Parent Centers are important stakeholders in the Systemic State Improvement Plan (SSIP) their state is writing. The resources listed below can help support Parent Center informed involvement in discussions of their state’s SSIP.

Distinguishing difference from disability: The common causes of racial/ethnic disproportionality in special education.
This Equity In Action is intended to provide educators and researchers with comprehensive information on identifying and reducing disproportionality in schools. The brief describes a data-driven process for identifying root causes as well as the driving forces (internal and external to district) of those root causes. From the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University.

Impact of family involvement on the education of children ages 3 to 8.
This 2013 literature review includes 95 studies on the impact of parent engagement on young children’s literacy, math, and socio-emotional skills. The authors examine the effects of various aspects of parent engagement, including parent involvement at school and schools’ and teachers’ efforts to engage parents.

Family engagement tool.
The web-based Family Engagement Tool (FET) guides a school team (including parents) in assessing every aspect of its family engagement programs and practices and creating and monitoring an improvement plan based on indicators of effective practice. The needs assessment phase is completed in about 5 hours by the school team. FET’s two-year process helps the school determine needs, set priorities, develop a plan, monitor the plan, and strengthen the school community.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the newsletter identifies useful resources that you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins.

Milestones | Videos in English and Spanish.
Milestones is a free online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-5. Milestones show students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade.

Social Security benefits for children with disabilities.
A child with a disability who is younger than 18 years of age may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Have a look at SSA’s Child Disability Starter Kit, which includes a factsheet on the application process, a child disability interview preparation checklist, and a Medical and School Worksheet.  Also available in Spanish.

Info brief on autism spectrum disorder.
The IRIS Center has a new information brief comparing the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5 to those of the DSM-IV-TR and to the definition of autism found in IDEA. The brief also summarizes research findings regarding changes in the number of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders when the DSM-5 criteria were used, compared to those same numbers under the DSM-IV-TR.

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Resources Just for Parent Centers

This section of the CPIR’s newsletter focuses on the many priority areas that Parent Centers have, with a special emphasis on the 14 topics that OSEP has identified as important for Parent Centers and the CPIR to address.

This month, we’re focusing on effective educational practices for improving student outcomes. These resources may also be relevant in your state’s work on the SSIP in 2015, so keep them in mind for the future.

Culturally responsive differentiated instruction strategies.
This brief addresses what differentiated instruction is and how it applies to teaching and learning for diverse learners. Differentiated instruction recognizes students’ varying background knowledge, readiness, language, preferences in learning, and interests, and assists teachers in knowing how to differentiate instruction given these various learning areas.

Evidence-based practice summaries.
From the IRIS Center, these summaries of research about the effectiveness of instructional strategies and interventions contain links to research reports and include information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness and the age groups for which it is designed. Pick your topic of interest—assessment, behavior and classroom management, content instruction, diversity, early intervention/early childhood, learning strategies, mathematics, reading and literacy, RTI, school improvement, and transition.

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Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Our very best to you,

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team

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