A screenshot of the CPIR's redesigned home pageSpotlight on: Our New Website and New Products

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
~Alan Watts

We have a new website! Redesigned, refreshed, reorganized, and full of new resources, the Parent Center Hub 2.0 is meant for you. Visit, explore, find great resources to use in supporting families and youth and in your systems advocacy efforts.

Our design of parentcenterhub.org is a direct response to Parent Center feedback, focus group input, involvement in user testing, and much more. Thank you to all involved in the redesign process. You bring to life the meaning of “user-centered” and “user-driven.”

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam

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New CPIR Products for You!

CPIR is pleased to launch three new products along with the new look and action of the Hub.

Best Practices in Outreach
Developed by a working team of Parent Center staff from all around the country, Best Practices in Outreach brings together high-quality resources on outreach that the working team recommends as highly useful and highly relevant to Parent Centers. Includes sections on conducting outreach to Hispanic, African-American, Native American, and multicultural communities.

Brief for Parent Centers on FAPE
Parent Centers can use this new CPIR brief with staff, volunteers, or Board members who are new to the disability field or who wish to deepen or refresh their understanding of the term “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) and what is involved in making FAPE available to children with disabilities. The brief is designed to expand on OSEP’s Dear Colleague Letter on Free Appropriate Public Education, released November 16, 2015.

Key Definitions in IDEA | A Reference List for Parent Centers
FAPE, IDEA, IEP, LRE, “child with a disability”, “special education”, “related services” … these key terms in IDEA are essential for disability stakeholders to understand. CPIR’s new reference list starts with how IDEA defines these (and other) key terms and then identifies where to find CPIR family-friendly resources in English and Spanish that are useful in understanding the terms and their impact on children with disabilities. A handy training and reference tool for staff!

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New Features You’ll Find on the Hub

You really have to explore the Hub 2.0 to experience what we hope is its improved functionality, look, and ease of use. But…for starters… here’s a taste.

Home Page options| Lots more happening on the home page! See at a glance:

  • The Featured Parent Center
  • Our weekly Featured Resource
  • The Event Calendar for the Parent Center network
  • Where to sign up for the Buzz or log in to the Parent Center Workspaces
  • Our daily Facebook posts

Resource Library Search | There’s no describing this. You have to try out the new menu drop-downs and filtering options for yourself.
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It’s a Work in Progress

As with any new design, there’s going to be tweaking and refining and little fixes that need doing. Bear with us as we continue to iron out unexpected oddities, glitches, and all that annoying “work-in-progress” streamlining.

We welcome your feedback and input on Hub 2.0. Find a blip or glitch? Let us know, via the “Report a Site Issue” at the center bottom of the home page.

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The 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 is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team

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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement H328R130014 between OSEP and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the Center for Parent Information and Resources.