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 resources we’ve passed along in this issue of the Buzz help your Parent Center look sharp and work smart as the year unfolds.

Our best to you all,

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


Training and Technology Tools

The Best Ice Breakers for Meetings and Training Classes
The backbone and soul of our work are the workshops and in-person training sessions we give when helping families of children with disabilities. How many training sessions did your Center hold with families in 2017 alone? This resource is for the trainers out there–10 “favorite” ice breakers you can try on for size.

Tips and Tools for Trainers: Dealing with Challenging Participants
Participants can bring challenges of many kinds during your training session. This fact sheet offers tips for dealing with behaviors such as arguing, being withdrawn or introverted, aggression, complaining, put downs, talking, attention seeking, and arrogance.

6 Types of Visual Content You Need to Use in Your Marketing Campaigns
When you consider that 65% of people are visual learners, that 90% of information that comes to the brain is visual, and that presentations with visual aids are 43% more persuasive, it makes sense to use content types that resonate with people. Here are 6 types of visual content to take your marketing campaign to the next level.

Nonprofit Knowledge Matters: The New Federal Tax Law
Nonprofit Knowledge Matters is the newsletter of the National Council of Nonprofits. Its first issue of 2018 shares fresh information about how the new federal tax law will affect nonprofits. Because of the significance of this “once-in-a-generation” law (the last tax overhaul occurred 31 years ago), the Council has created a special webpage that offers “Resources on How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits.” Check it out!

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Save the Dates for These Monthly Chats!

NCSI Chats | Every 2nd Friday of the Month
February’s Chat: Stakeholder Engagement
Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 2-3, Eastern
The National Center for Systemic Improvement hosts informal chats on ways to engage stakeholders as partners to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, youth, and families.
There’s a chat every 2nd Friday of the month. Check the Parent Center Hub Calendar (bottom left corner of the home page) for where to join each month!


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 lkupper@fhi360.org 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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