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Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month’s Buzz focuses on ESSA as well as tools you can use to keep your website strong, accessible, and easy to use. So we hope the resources below help!

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Indira, and Myriam

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Comment on Department’s Proposed Regulations for ESSA?

The U.S. Department of Education has issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Care to comment on these draft regulations?

NPRM on accountability, state plans, and data reporting
Fact sheet on the proposed changes
Comments period ends: August 1, 2016
Where to email your comments | At the NPRM link above, you’ll see a green box (to the right) that says “Submit a Formal Comment.”

NPRM on ESSA innovative assessment demonstration authority
Fact sheet on the proposal changes (see 2nd half of the fact sheet)
Comment period ends: September 9, 2016
Where to email your comments | At the link above, you’ll see a green box (to the right) that says “Submit a Formal Comment.”

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New Resources in the Hub on Stakeholder Engagement in ESSA

Here are several recent additions to the Hub library, all of which pertain stakeholder engagement in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of our nation’s general education law.

What ESSA Requires.
Parent and family engagement and consultation have always been a key piece of this powerful law. This brief provides advocates with a full overview of ESSA’s requirements (and opportunities) for parent, family, and community engagement.

How to engage stakeholders in ESSA.
This resource from the Coalition for Community Schools outlines best practices for engaging stakeholders (including families and organizations representing families) in how ESSA is implemented at the state and local levels. Share with your local and state ESSA decision makers!

Let’s include the Early Learning Community.
The purpose of this Dear Colleague letter from the U. S. Department of Education is to highlight the importance and utility of stakeholder engagement as States and local school districts transition to and, eventually, implement the ESSA, and to provide guidance, resources, and examples of stakeholder engagement for States and districts to consider.

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Spotlight on…Tools for Your Website

Is your website one of your Center’s most valuable assets for reaching families and professionals? We’re sure it is—and we also know how challenging it can be to keep a website up to date, accessible, and organized so that information is easy to find. Here are several resources you might find useful in tackling a job that’s just plain never done.

Checking for broken links.
Broken links are the bane of every person who ever traveled the web. If you’re responsible for the links on your Center’s website, here’s a handy tool for finding the ones that don’t work anymore (curses!).

Keeping your site accessible.
There are lots of web accessibility checkers, but this one’s easy to understand and use. Enter a website or webpage’s URL into AChecker. The software produces a report of all accessibility problems (known, likely, and potential). You may not know enough to fix what’s identified, but hopefully your website manager or consultant will.

Put an Accessibility Statement on your site.
Need examples that show the types of information you might include in your Center’s accessibility statement? Here are 3 “models,” chosen because they include different information: at the PEAK Parent Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Grinnell College.

Why your nonprofit website needs a privacy policy (and what to include).
The title pretty much says it all.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

Building parent power is hard, dedicated work. Here are several resources you can share with the families you serve.

What’s going on in there (our kids’ brains)?
Brain science sheds light on what’s going on inside our kids’ heads, preschool to 8th grade.

42 simple ways to raise an empathetic kid.
Children are born with the capacity for empathy, it must be nurtured, and that takes commitment and relentless, deliberate action every day and can’t be left to chance.

Summer and sensory processing issues.
Does your son or daughter have sensory processing issues? Here are tips on how to help your child stay comfortable in what can be overstimulating outdoor activities.

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Resources Just for Parent Centers

The work that Parent Centers do covers so many topics, it’s mind-boggling. How do you keep up with such a broad range of priorities? Here are several resources you can use on topics of continuing importance.

Working with Military Installations: Tools and Tips for Parent Center Staff.
Interested in providing services on military installations in your state? This toolkit from the Branch RPTAC is for you.

New regulations for WIOA.
On June 30, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education made available to the public the final rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The new law and regulations include changes to the Rehabilitative Services Act that affect competitive integrated employment, employment outcome, and limitations on the use of subminimum wage (section 511), transition services (including pre-employment transition services and supported employment for youth with disabilities).

State Determinations 2016.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released State determinations on implementation of IDEA for Part B and Part C for fiscal year 2014. The determinations are part of the ongoing efforts to improve education for America’s 7 million children with disabilities. Find out the determinations for each state and the required actions for states not meeting requirements.

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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.

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team

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