He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.

~Lao Tzu

Many of us are busy preparing our annual continuation reports, and that gives us a refreshing opportunity to take a detailed look at the challenges and accomplishments of the past year. This is where we’ve spent so much time and energy, this is what we achieved, who we helped, and why. How could we forget so quickly?! Compiling that yearly report affords us a rare space of time to reflect on the power and volume of our work.

With that in mind, this issue of the Buzz is centered around self-reflection and its many benefits to us individually, to the teams that build things together, and to our children as they grow.

Our best to you all,

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


Resources on Reflection

At a Glance: 5 Factors of Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence (EI) allows children to act on feelings in an effective way. This key ability can help kids with learning and attention issues work through their challenges. Take a look at these 5 aspects of having EI. Also available in Spanish.

Teaching Emotional Intelligence in Early Childhood
Emotional intelligence is related to many important outcomes for children and adults. From the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Self-Awareness Worksheets for Young People
There’s a worksheet for younger children, and there’s another for tweens and teens. Both are available in English and Spanish (Hojas de ejercicios de autoconsciencia para niños).

The Importance of Self-Care
Don’t forget about yourself! These TED talks offer simple ways to stay healthy–both emotionally and physically.

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Reflection Reinforces Resiliency | 2 from NAPTAC

Reinforcing Resilience: How Parent Centers Can Support American Indian and Alaska Native Parents
This new 2-pager from NAPTAC describes the importance of resilience in Native communities and suggests ways that Parent Centers can share the skills that reinforce resilience with Native parents of youth with disabilities.

Bouncing Back from Setbacks: A Message for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth
As a companion piece to the above, this 2-pager is designed for Parent Centers to share with Native youth.

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Lest We Forget…

A concluding observation: One of the most rewarding things about taking the time to look back at the work completed in the past year is that there’s almost a feeling of amazement. Did we really do all that? Most of us are so primed to hurtle forward that, once something is done, it’s out of sight and out of mind.

Take the time to reflect on (and share) the body of work that your Center has accomplished in 12 months, the number of families and professionals who’ve walked through your doors, emailed, phoned, attended webinars and training sessions…and the list goes on and on, doesn’t it? No wonder you were so busy!

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Reminder | Public Comments, Please:
Implementation Dates for Disproportionality Regs

ED’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
To ensure the Department’s “significant disproportionality” regulations effectively address this serious issue, the Department of Education is proposing to postpone the compliance date by two years, from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020. The Department also proposes to postpone the date for including children ages 3 through 5 in the analysis of significant disproportionality with respect to the identification of children as “children with disabilities” and as “children with a particular impairment” from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2022.

Read the proposed new rule and see where to submit your public comments.

Deadline for submitting comments: May 14, 2018

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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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