““You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go.

Greetings to All!

This issue of the Buzz focuses on our new normal–getting our work done virtually, whether that’s schooling our children, meeting with planning teams or committees, helping families, or exploring topics of personal or professional interest. It’s astounding how much fascinating and useful material is available online.

We hope you enjoy your travels far from home, from your home!

Our best to you all,
The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Sitara, and Myriam


News Flash!

The 2020 National Parent Center Capacity-Building Conference is going virtual!
Scheduled to take place in Denver in September, our network’s capacity-building conference will now be held virtually. Stay tuned for the details, and be on the lookout for a short survey to invite your suggestions and recommendations.

Stuck at Home No More

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir returns from the space station.Here are two resources for everyone to enjoy during at-home learning and play. You could get lost here, exploring history, outer space, and Earth itself.

NASA at Home — For Kids and Families
A fantastic collection of science lessons, activities, and virtual tours for kids curated by NASA.

Ken Burns in the Classroom
Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than 40 years. The full-length film series and short videos in Ken’s online classroom cover the spectrum of school subjects and grade levels, eras, and topics. We warn you—you’ll never want to leave.

Also for Parents Schooling at Home

Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The IRIS Center has created a new module specifically for parents to address their need for reliable, easy-to-understand resources to support their children’s learning at home. The module includes practical, real-world tips and strategies for keeping up with what a child is expected to learn; creating learning spaces in crowded living spaces; and reducing distractions and other obstacles to learning.

4 aplicaciones educativas que se pueden usar sin conexión a Internet
(Educational apps that you can use without an Internet connection) Si su familia tiene acceso limitado a internet o si no tiene banda ancha en casa, Common Sense Media le recomenda algunas aplicaciones educativas y divertidas que sus chicos podrán utilizar sin necesidad de internet.

Virtual IEP Meeting Tips
Are you about to hold or participate in a virtual IEP team meeting? These tip sheets are designed to support both school officials and families. Included are tech tips, tips for hosting such a meeting, tips for participants, a sample agenda in English and Spanish, and a 1-page infographic about virtual meetings (also available in English and Spanish). Developed collaboratively by 6 OSEP-funded centers, including CPIR.

CPIR’s Coronavirus Resource List

We continue to add selectively to our Coronavirus Resource List, which is now split into stand-alone pages by topic. New resources have been added this week to the pages on Info in Other Languages, Coping Tips for Adults and for Children, and Info for Non-Profits.


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