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 issue of the Buzz starts off our New Year with resources that address what’s sure to be cooking in 2018

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Tackling Hot Topics This Year

Hot Topic: Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma and Violence Landing Page at SAMHSA
This is a great starting place for staff and families to become familiar with what we know about the impact of trauma on children and adults, how it can affect childern’s learning and development, and what evidence-based approaches exist for providing trauma-informed care. The landing page presents a lot of information on its own, but it has many info-rich branches to explore and share with others.

Hot Topic: Juvenile Justice
Disability and Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success
Released in 2016, this report uses public data previously available but never before assembled and analyzed. It makes a series of recommendations to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline for people with disabilities, to enable incarcerated individuals with disabilities to receive the literacy and life skills they will need when they exit the justice system as well as have access to their human rights, and to help returning citizens become productive members of their communities.

Hot Topic: State Assessments
GreatSchools Test Guide for Parents | Available in English and Spanish
Great for sharing with the families you serve! The guide will help parents understand the skills their child is expected to know, why some kids struggle, and how parents can help at home. Parents can choose to look at this information in English or Spanish and see what their state requires in assessments of math and English/Language Arts at each grade level these exams are given.

Hot Topic: Standards-Based IEPs
FAQs About Standards-Based IEPs | Available in English and Spanish
Also great for sharing with families. This article answers frequently asked questions about standards-based IEPs: what they are and how to align the IEP with the student’s learning needs and goals with the academic standards for the state, which lay out what students are expected to learn in math, reading, science, and other subjects by the end of each year.


The 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, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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