Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesWelcome 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!



Let Us Introduce Ourselves!

What’s the CPIR, and how will it serve the PTIs and CPRCs?
Come check out our brand-new website. It’s your Hub for resources and information for Parent Center staff and the families you serve. Find out what we’re up to!

Who’s who at the CPIR.
Let’s be on a first-name basis. Feel free to write or call us directly with your ideas and suggestions.

Meet our incredible Stakeholders Advisory Group.
The CPIR is committed to ensuring that your Parent Center voices and realities are heard and addressed. Our Advisory Group brings together representatives from PTIs and CPRCs from every region to provide us with input and feedback on Center activities, resources and programs.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter.
This edition of Buzz from the Hub is complimentary and brings you an enthusiastic invitation to sign up to receive the newsletter in future.

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Other Newbies to Know

Region 3’s PTAC is Parent to Parent of Georgia!
PTIs and CPRCs in Region 3 now can turn to the expertise of Parent to Parent of Georgia as their regional PTAC. Visit P2P’s rich website for all the particulars.

National Native American PTAC.
Also new to the Parent Center network is the NAPTAC, here to help all of us build our capacity to provide effective and culturally appropriate services to Native American parents of children with disabilities and Native American youth with disabilities.

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From OSEP—-to Parent Centers—Dates to Save!

January 23rd | OSEP webinar on performance measures.
OSEP will present the results of the 2013 performance measure data collection and the plans for the 2014 data collection. Parent Centers chosen for the 2014 performance measure data collection are strongly encouraged to join the webinar, but all parent centers are welcome to attend. The webinar will also be archived on the CPIR page. The login information (how to join the call) will be sent to you soon.

Save these dates, too! 2014 quarterly calls with OSEP.
Every quarter OSEP holds a call with Parent Centers. Dates to save are:

March 20, at 3 pm EST
June 19, at 2 pm EST
September 18, at 3 pm EST
December 18, at 3 pm EST

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Resources You Can Share with Families

The importance of including your child in the IEP meeting.
For those of you who have children in middle school, now is the time to think about the prospect of someday having your child attend his or her own IEP meeting and learn more about self-advocacy.

Supporting the Common Core Writing Standards.
Are schools in your area using the new Common Core standards for writing? This is a big change for students-and their parents. This resource will help parents get to know the four “anchors” of the Common Core writing standards and simple things they can do at home to help their child build skills in all of these areas. The article is available in English and in Spanish.

Estándares estatales comunes: ¿Qué son?
Do you need to share information about the Common Core State Standards with the Spanish-speaking families you serve? Here’s a good starter.

Los requisitos de graduación: Lo que las familias necesitan saber.
In English | Graduation Requirements: What Families Need to Know. Es necesario comprender el cambio de panorama de los requisitos de graduación de la escuela secundaria y las opciones de título para garantizar que los estudiantes se gradúan preparados para la universidad y una profesión.

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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.

What topics?
Most of the topics are probably already quite familiar to you, but it’s helpful to see the list of 14 all in one place. Have a look.

Priority | Improving School-Aged Outcomes
Hot off the press from the U.S. Department of Education! DOE just released a school discipline guidance package describing how schools can meet their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The package includes a guidance letter, guiding principles, a directory of resources on school discipline and improving school climate, and more.

Priority | Best Practices in Outreach
The importance of outreach to underserved populations | Underserved groups often encounter barriers to their participation in the job market, especially if they have a physical or mental disability. This overview discusses many of the barriers and how specific projects have taken steps to address them.

Priority | Helping Youth to Build Self-Advocacy Skills
Helping youth to develop independent living skills | This Fact Facts discusses specific actions that teachers, schools, and families can take to promote independent living skills in youth with disabilities.

Priority | College and Career Readiness
What are the “anchor standards” of college and career readiness? | You’ll love this website, whose tagline is “A non-freaked out approach to the Common Core State Standards.” Here, the anchors of readiness for college or career are explained in simple, straightforward (non-freaked-out) terms.

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We hope that you’ve found resources you can use in this first issue of 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’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, Elaine, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement H328R130014 between OSEP and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the Center for Parent Information and Resources.

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