Buzz from the Hub

Twice a month, the CPIR shares news and resources with the Parent Center network and others via our e-newsletter the Buzz from the Hub.

Each Buzz spotlights an issue of importance to Parent Centers, identifies resources on the network’s 14 priority topics, and includes resources Parent Centers can share with the families they serve.

Buzz from the Hub Archives

(Archive is listed reverse chronologically)

Buzz from the Hub | All New Treats for You

This issue of the Buzz brings you news that we’ve been refunded for another 5 years! Thanks to all who wrote in our support. The Buzz returns with new resources (Halloween treats!) for you, including a resource collection on trauma-informed care to inform your work with children and families. We are also pleased to share 4 fact sheets on ESSA newly translated into Spanish.

Buzz from the Hub | Looking Back, Looking Ahead

This is the “final” issue of the Buzz from the Hub in CPIR’s current 5-year project cycle. While we await news of refunding, we find it a fine time to look back to where we have been and what the Parent Center network has accomplished in the past 5 years.

Buzz from the Hub | Planning Ahead

This issue of the Buzz is about looking forward, planning ahead, and being as ready as possible for life’s roller coaster ride of slow climbs, sudden plunges, and wild turns. Perhaps the resources below can help!

Buzz from the Hub | Data Talks

The theme of this Buzz is the data of the day, which tell a story of “now” but also help us prepare and plan for where and how to bring our parent voices to bear on shaping the educational and community landscape in which we live.

Buzz from the Hub | Working with Youth with Disabilities

This issue of the Buzz brings you resources focused on taking care of children and seeing to their well-being. From addressing physical development delay, to the basics of social and emotional development, to the impact of trauma on the brain, to helping children cope with disasters, these are resources you can share with families.

Buzz from the Hub | The Impact and Value of High Expectations

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. ~Henry Ford The theme of this Buzz is the enormous impact that our expectations have on the outcomes we achieve. Research has more than adequately shown that high parental and teacher...

Buzz from the Hub | Supporting Our Children’s Well-Being

This issue of the Buzz brings you resources focused on taking care of children and seeing to their well-being. From addressing physical development delay, to the basics of social and emotional development, to the impact of trauma on the brain, to helping children cope with disasters, these are resources you can share with families.

Buzz from the Hub | Fun for Summer

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come. ~Thomas Carlyle Summer is upon us. To kick off the season, we've put together several resources that might be considered "fun and games"...

Buzz from the Hub | Disability-Specific Resources

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~Gwendolyn Brooks We have another information deluge for you--this time featuring resources about specific disabilities: autism, deafness, and speech and hearing. You'll...

Buzz from the Hub | The Power of Reflection

Preparing our annual continuation reports gives us a refreshing opportunity to 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. With that in mind, this Buzz centers around self-reflection and its many benefits to us all.

Buzz from the Hub | It’s Raining Resources!

The cure to information overload is more information. ~David Weinberger We hesitate to say TMI (too much information), but there's a deluge of resources to share with you in this issue of the Buzz. So many, in fact, that we've divided the newsletter into two parts:...

Buzz from the Hub | Resources for Parent Centers and Families

  Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge. ~Ana Monnar This first issue of the March Buzz brings you resources for your Parent Center knowledge base and three resources that can be readily shared among staff and with the families you serve. Our best to you...

Buzz from the Hub | Protecting Our Children

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. ~Sitting Bull We are united in our mutual commitment to the well-being of children--our own children, those of others, the little ones we see in our daily travels and doings, and those with...

Buzz from the Hub | Resources in Spanish

No somos perfectos pero juntos somos un gran equipo. ~Anonymous Issue 1 of the February Buzz brings you materials in Spanish to share with the Spanish-speaking families you serve. We also connect you with two new resources on IDEA and ESSA (in English) and a link to...

Buzz from the Hub | Looking Sharp in 2018!

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. ~Charles Kettering We are fully launched into a new year that promises to be full of growth, challenge, learning, and doing the work that we care deeply about. May the...

Buzz from the Hub | Tackling Hot Topics

There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good. ~H.L. Mencken We're off and running, skiing, slipping, and skating into 2018. It may be cold outside, but there are plenty of issues bubbling on the stove. This...

Buzz from the Hub | Gifts for You!

People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped. ~Nadine Gordimer This issue of the Buzz looks back on a full year's worth of resources we've shared with Parent Centers and others. Many, many of these resources have been co-created by Parent Center staff...

Buzz from the Hub | Inclusion Fusion

Inclusion is about ALL of us. ~The Inclusion Network December is going to be a busy, busy month, and it starts with Inclusive School Week (December 4-8). This Buzz brings you resources on inclusion that you can use today, this month, and far into the future. Together,...

Buzz from the Hub | New Resource Collection for Parent Centers

We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together. ~Bill Richardson This issue of the Buzz features a new product developed for Parent Centers by Parent Centers. If you missed the November webinar where we premiered this multi-faceted resource,...

Buzz from the Hub | Resources for Caregivers

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo November is National Caregivers Awareness Month, so this issue of the Buzz brings you resources you can share with friends, families, and other caregivers. We all know how important...

Buzz from the Hub | Transition Treats and More

Life's journey—it unfolds for you as you are ready for it. ~Ru Paul In honor of upcoming Halloween, this issue of the Buzz brings you many treats—tips for enjoying an inclusive Halloween, youth-related transition resources, and a recently archived CPIR webinar of...

Buzz from the Hub | Resources from Our TA&D Colleagues

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. ~Sitting Bull   This issue of the Buzz from the Hub features new resources from our colleagues within OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) network. Everyone has been...

Buzz from the Hub | Helping Children Cope with Trauma

Spotlight on: Trauma-Related Resources This morning I was ten years old. Tonight I am older than the stars. ~Kathryn Lasky In the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and with ongoing crises of raging forest fires in many states, the reality of trauma...

Buzz from the Hub | Back to School Matters

Spotlight on: Back to School Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese proverb It's almost back-to-school time for most of us, and already back-in-school for many. So we are pleased to share with you some resources that you, in turn, can...

Buzz from the Hub | Addressing Mental Health Issues

Spotlight on: Addressing Mental Health Issues A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support. ~Kate Middleton This issue of the Buzz from the Hub features mental health resources--some in multiple...

Buzz from the Hub | Minding Your State’s Business

Spotlight on: Minding Your State's Business Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.. ~Abraham Lincoln Summer greetings! We hope everyone had a great 4th of July and is...

Buzz from the Hub | Disability Resources to Share with Families

Spotlight on: Disability Resources You Can Share With Families While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt This issue of the Buzz from the Hub brings our best wishes for your great 4th of July! It...

Buzz from the Hub | Our New Website and New Products

Spotlight 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...

Buzz from the Hub | Summertime’s Ahead

Spotlight on: Summertime's Ahead The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever. This issue of the Buzz from the Hub emphasizes resources that you and your families can use to make the most out of the summer days ahead, from reading to summer travel to...

Buzz from the Hub | Mental Health Month

Buzz from the Hub, May 2017, Issue 1 Spotlight on: Mental Health You are not alone. You are not the only one who feels this way--not by a long shot.. ~Elizabeth Vargas. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and that is the special focus of this issue of the Buzz. We...

Buzz from the Hub | Tools on the Hub for Parent Centers

Buzz from the Hub, April 2017, Issue 2 Spotlight on: Tools on the Hub for Parent Centers We use our tools not to actualise what we know, but to implement how we feel. ~Margaret Atwood. This issue of the Buzz from the Hub emphasizes resources available on the Hub that...

Buzz from the Hub | Working with Youth with Disabilities

Buzz from the Hub, April 2017, Issue 1 Spotlight on: Working with Youth with Disabilities Keep your best wishes close to your heart and watch what happens. ~Tony DeLiso. April greetings to all! This issue of the Buzz brings you news of several disability-specific fact...

Buzz from the Hub | Serving Our Diverse Communities

Buzz from the Hub, March 2017, Issue 2 Theme: Serving Our Diverse Communities This issue of the Buzz from the Hub emphasizes resources that help us build strong communities and understand the communities we serve. Connect with new resources in the disability field,...

Buzz from the Hub | It’s That Time of Year Again!

Buzz from the Hub, March 2017, Issue 1 Theme: It's That Time of Year Again! What we can control is our readiness. ~Dan Quinn. Every year spring rolls into town, bringing with it the need for IEP reviews and planning ahead for summer. This issue of the Buzz from the...

Buzz from the Hub | Resources You Can Share with Families

Buzz from the Hub, February 2017, Issue 2 Theme: Resources You Can Share with Families This issue of the Buzz from the Hub connects you with resources you can share with the families you serve, including materials in Chinese and Spanish and for Native American...

Buzz from the Hub | Significant Disproportionality

Buzz from the Hub, February 2017, Issue 1 Theme: 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...

Buzz from the Hub | New ESSA Resources

Buzz from the Hub, January 2017, Issue 1 Theme: New ESSA Resources When spiders unite, they can tie up a lion."                                              African Proverb Welcome to the January 2017 edition of the Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for...

Buzz from the Hub | Getting Ready for the Holidays

Theme: Getting Ready for the Holidays Welcome to the December 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). As we're closing in on the holiday season and a new year, CPIR would like to take a moment to...

Buzz from the Hub | Disability Resources

Theme: Disability Resources Welcome to the November 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month's issue brings you news from the 2016 Strengthening Parent Leadership Conference held in early...

Buzz from the Hub | Early Intervention and Early Learning

Theme: Early Intervention and Early Learning Welcome to the October 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month's issue celebrates the 30th anniversary of Baby IDEA, the Part C program within...

Buzz from the Hub | Back to School!

Theme: Back to School! Welcome to the August 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month's Buzz focuses on ESSA for starters, and gives you lots of resources for getting back to school. Yes,...

Buzz from the Hub | Tools for Your Website

Theme: Tools for Your Website Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month's Buzz focuses on ESSA as well as tools you can use to keep your website strong, accessible, and...

Buzz from the Hub | Empowering Parents

Theme: Empowering Parents Welcome to the June 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month's Buzz focuses on tools you can use to empower the parents and families you serve. You do this so well...

Buzz from the Hub | Responses to Your Feedback

  Theme: Responses to Your Feedback Welcome to the May 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month's Buzz is a direct response to the feedback that many of you gave us in April. You rated the...

Buzz from the Hub | Just the Facts, Ma’am

Theme: Just the Facts, Ma'am Welcome to the April 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). Parent Centers want to bring their authentic and meaningful perspectives to decision-making tables. And there...

Buzz from the Hub | Employment

Theme: Employment Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). Career and college readiness are two priorities that Parent Centers currently address in their work with youth with...

Buzz from the Hub | Parent Center Priorities

Theme: Parent Center Priorities Happy New Year to everyone, and welcome to the January 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). The holiday season is behind us, and an entire new year beckons ahead,...

Buzz from the Hub | Behavior Resources

Theme: Behavior Resources Welcome to the December 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). The holiday season is upon us, which means hectic times, family gatherings and food galore, and, hopefully,...

Buzz from the Hub | Multimedia Resources

Theme: Multimedia Resources Welcome to the November 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). We've heard that Parent Centers are hungry for multimedia resources, so that's the special focus of this...

Buzz from the Hub | Social-Emotional Development

Theme: Social-Emotional Development Welcome to the September 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources---the CPIR. In this issue we turn the spotlight on the social and emotional development of young children....

Buzz from the Hub | Collaborating for Success!

Theme: Collaborating for Success! Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources---the CPIR. It was great to see many of you at the OSEP Leadership Conference last month, where the awesome...

Buzz from the Hub | Parent Center Materials

Welcome to the July 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources---the CPIR. New Resources in the Hub Spotlight on...Parent Center Materials Resources You Can Share with Families Resources Just for Parent...

Buzz from the Hub | PTSD and Helping Children Cope with Trauma

Welcome to the June 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources---the CPIR.  We hope your summer is off to a great start! New Resources in the Hub Spotlight on...PTSD and Helping Children Cope with Trauma...

Buzz from the Hub | Summer!

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources---the CPIR. This month's issue spotlights resources to get us ready and carry us through the coming summer! New Resources in the Hub Spotlight...

Buzz from the Hub | Spanish and Easy-to-Read Resources

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources---the CPIR. Welcoming the Branch! New Resources in the Hub Spotlight on...Spanish and Easy-to-Read Resources Resources You Can Share with Families...

Buzz from the Hub | Focus on IEPs

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources---the CPIR. Happy Saint Patrick's Day and March Madness to all! In this month's Buzz, we focus on IEPs, because "that time of year" (updating...

Buzz from the Hub | Disability Information

Welcome 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...

Buzz from the Hub | Early Learning Resources

Welcome to November's 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! Here's the latest Buzz to go with winter...

Buzz from the Hub | Transition Planning and Youth Resources

Welcome to October's 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! Here's the latest (non)spooky Buzz. New...

Buzz from the Hub | SSIP Resources

Welcome to September's "We're off and running in a new school year" edition of 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! Here's...

Buzz from the Hub | IEP Resources for Your Parent Center

Welcome to the August "back to school" newsletter from 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! Here's the latest Buzz. New in CPIR's Resource...

Buzz from the Hub | UDL and Standards-based IEPs

Welcome to our "post-4th but full of fireworks!" newsletter from 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! Here's the latest Buzz. New in CPIR's...

Buzz from the Hub | Finding and Using Education Data Resources

Welcome to the "Summer's finally here!" newsletter from 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! Here's the latest Buzz. New in CPIR's Resource...

Buzz from the Hub | Disability Information

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there--hope you had a splendid day. Welcome to the May newsletter from 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...

Buzz from the Hub | Materials in Spanish and Other Languages

Welcome to the April newsletter from 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! Here's the latest Buzz. IN THIS ISSUE CPIR's been busy! Spotlight...

Buzz from the Hub | Examples of Excellence from Parent Centers

March "come on Spring!" greetings from 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! Here's the latest Buzz. IN THIS ISSUE Examples of excellence...

Buzz from the Hub | Part C Modules on Transition

February greetings from 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! Here's the latest Buzz to take you through this busy month of February and,...

Buzz from the Hub | Let Us Introduce Ourselves!

Welcome to the first newsletter of the new 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! IN THIS ISSUE Let us introduce ourselves! Other newbies to know...