Buzz from the Hub, February 2017, Issue 1

Elementary school African-American boyTheme: Significant Disproportionality

This issue of the Buzz from the Hub connects you with new resources on significant disproportionality, an ongoing concern in schools districts, especially in special education classification. Your state is now making important decisions about how it will identify and reduce significant disproportionality under IDEA.

We hope that the resources spotlighted in this issue of the Buzz will support the participation of Parent Centers and families in meetings and decision making about how significant disproportionality will be addressed in your state.

All our best to you, as always,

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


New from the CPIR

One-Stop List of Recent Guidances from the U.S. Department of Education
Looking for a one-stop list to the guidance and resource packages that have come out of the U.S. Department of Education in 2016 and 2017? (It’s been amazing, hasn’t it?) Here you go! CPIR is pleased to offer this list by topic. Disproportionality is definitely on the list!

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Resources on Disproportionality

5 Things to Know About Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Special Education
Here’s a crash-course intro to disproportionality in special education and why it is so concerning.

What are Success Gaps?
This short video (2-1/2 minutes) defines and gives examples of success gaps in education. Great for sharing with parents participating in your Center’s advocacy to reduce significant disproportionality.

Success Gaps Toolkit
The Success Gaps Toolkit is part of a package of resources that includes materials that a school or district can use to (1) conduct a root cause analysis of why there are gaps in achievement between groups of students, and (2) make a plan for reducing success gaps. Share it with your LEA, SEA, and individual schools.

Parent Engagement Toolkit
This toolkit is a resource for all organizations and community leaders interested in bringing the parent voice into the planning process and the development of local and state action plans addressing the dropout crisis.

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

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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