Holiday card featuring a snowmanWelcome to the holiday issue of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR. We are proud to serve as the central source of information and connection for the Parent Center network! Everyone here at CPIR wishes you the best of holidays and an excellent Happy New Year. See you in 2015!

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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are several newbies on the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCSR) and the new assessment systems to be used to measure student readiness.

States’ approaches to College and Career Readiness Standards.
The CCRS Center has developed an interactive state map to present the broad landscape of college and career readiness throughout the nation. The map provides a simple-to-navigate snapshot of key college and career readiness initiatives taking place throughout the states. What’s your state up to?

Multiple language translations about the CCRS.
Courtesy of the California Department of Education’s Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents, there are multiple other-language fact sheets about the CCSS: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi (Persian), Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean , Lao, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System.
(in English and Spanish)  |  Smarter Balanced is a consortium of states funded to develop student evaluations aligned with college- and career-readiness standards. Twenty-three states and territories are members of the consortium. Is yours? (Find out at the link above.)

Smarter Balanced resources in English | Support for underrepresented students

Smarter Balanced resources in Spanish | Cómo ayudar a todos los estudiantes a que tengan éxito

What about the PARCC assessments?
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. Find out more with the two resources listed below.

List of states participating in PARCC and the designated state lead

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual

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Spotlight on … Disability Information

Parent Centers are always looking for new information on disabilities to share with families. Here are several resources you might find useful in the coming year.

What is a non-verbal learning disorder?
This article describes how a non-verbal learning disorder affects students and how it differs from learning disabilities in general.

Parent training modules in autism.
(in English and Spanish) | Here are two 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning modules providing parents with tools and training to more effectively teach their child with autism and other related neurodevelopmental disorders functional skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. Module 1 focuses on strategies for teaching functional skills. Module 2 focuses on positive behavior strategies for children with autism. Both are available in English and in Spanish.

Overview of oppositional defiant disorder.
How can you tell the difference between a particularly obstinate child and one suffering from ODD? This article, which is accompanied by a video, describes the symptoms of ODD, identifies co-existing disorders, and discusses treatments.

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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.

10 ways to have a happy holiday!
Have you seen’s December newsletter? It’s packed with ideas for making this holiday season a winner for all. See #4 especially, if you’re looking for this year’s gift-giving guides for children with special needs.

A blog in Spanish, from CPIR’s own Myriam Alizo.
Parenting a child with learning and attention issues can bring unexpected challenges, as Myriam Alizo describes. Myriam is CPIR’s project assistant and recently published this blog in Spanish (No éramos, ni somos los únicos) for It’s since been translated into English (We weren’t the only ones)!

The science of early childhood development.
(in English and Spanish) | From the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, this 4-minute video shares basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research. The video is also available in Spanish.

Self-advocacy: A valuable skill for your teenager with LD.
(in English and Spanish)  |  If your teen has a learning disability, self-awareness and self-advocacy are keys to his or her future success. Also available in Spanish.

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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.

Effective reading interventions for students with LD.
In recent years, several excellent, well-publicized research studies have helped parents and educators understand the most effective guidelines for teaching all children to read. This article describes the findings of a research study that will help parents become a wise consumer of reading programs for students with reading disabilities.

Dropout prevention: An IES practice guide.
Geared toward educators, administrators, and policymakers, this guide provides recommendations for reducing high school dropout rates. Strategies presented include identifying and advocating for at-risk students, implementing programs to improve behavior and social skills, and keeping students engaged in the school environment.

What is an evidence-based behavior intervention? Choosing and implementing behavior interventions that work.
This webinar (from the National Center for Intensive Interventions) discusses considerations for selecting and using evidence-based interventions to address challenging behaviors. The webinar introduces NCII’s Behavior Interventions Tools Chart and describes how educators can best utilize this resource and other available resources to select interventions.

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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 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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