The 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 Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). Notice the new look? We’ve freshened up our logo and slimmed the newsletter down to a handful of resources at a time to make it easier to read, use, and share. You can now look forward to two issues a month.

This issue of the Buzz connects you with four new CPIR resources on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support participation of Parent Centers and families in decision making about how the law gets implemented in your state.

All our best to you, as always,

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


New from the CPIR

CPIR Stakeholders’ Guide to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
States have a lot of decisions to make about how they will implement ESSA, the nation’s general education law, and the voices of parents of children with disabilities are critical to the discussion. The Stakeholder Guide (new from CPIR) provides Parent Center staff and their advocacy partners with an understanding of key provisions in ESSA so that they may become meaningfully involved in how the law is now planned and implemented by the states.

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More CPIR Resources on ESSA

Webinar | ESSA and the Assessment of Students with Disabilities
Our January 5th webinar featured an excellent presentation by Sheryl Lazarus (of the National Center on Educational Outcomes) on the history of including students with disabilities in state assessments and how it has improved outcomes for our students. Did you miss it? No problem. You can still listen, download the presentations, and connect with ESSA resources in your state. Just visit the link above.

Academic Assessments and Students With Disabilities
Check out our new fact sheets on assessment requirements for students with disabilities that are included in ESSA:

Academic Assessments and Students With Disabilities

Assessments for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

These new resources were developed in collaboration with the Advocacy Institute and are based on feedback from Parent Centers and our CPIR Stakeholders Advisory Group.

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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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