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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 Resource Library

Every month we add new resources to the CPIR library that Parent Centers can use to inform themselves and the families they serve. Here are three of the newest entries!

Choosing behavior interventions that work.
This archived June 2014 webinar, What is an Evidence-based Behavior Intervention?, comes from the National Center on Intensive Interventions (NCII). Experts discuss how to select and use evidence-based interventions to address challenging behaviors.

I’m Determined website.
A project of the VA Department of Education, the I’m Determined website offers resources for youth, families, and educators around self-determination. Self-determination is about youth with disabilities taking control of their lives. Resources include videos, modules, a transition guide, downloadable brochures, and more.

Alternate assessment.
The Dynamic Learning Maps™ Alternate Assessment System Consortium (DLM) is a group of 18 states working to develop an alternate assessment system. The system is designed to let students with significant cognitive disabilities show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot. The DLM system uses items and tasks that are embedded in day-to-day instruction, and will map a student’s learning throughout the year.

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Spotlight on UDL and Standards-Based IEPs

You asked for information on these two topics, and we’re pleased to respond. Hope these resources help!

UDL principles and practice video library.
The National Center on Universal Design for Learning offers materials that focus on the intersection of UDL and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The materials provide helpful tools and links to illustrate the important way that the CCSS identify WHAT educators need to address in their instruction, while UDL guides HOW to design their instruction.

Understanding the standards-based IEP.
In this Advocacy Brief, learn how linking the content of a student’s IEP to the state’s academic standards for the student’s enrolled grade can raise the learning expectations for students with disabilities and provide opportunities for students to make significant achievement gains. From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

A guide to Common Core State Standards-based IEPs.
This multimedia presentation provides a tool and a process for helping educators develop standards-based IEPs.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the newsletter identifies useful resources that you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins.

Getting ready for kindergarten | Preparación para el jardín infantil.
Here are 7 handouts for parents on different aspects of early childhood development: language and development, learning and thinking, beginning reading, beginning writing, numbers and counting, phsyical development, and social and emotional development. Available in English and in Spanish.

Answers to common parent questions regarding alternate assessments.
The National Center and State Collaborative is developing a multi-state comprehensive assessment system for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This 4-page brief answers common questions parents have about alternate assessments.

Understanding the new vision for career development: The role of family.
This Info Brief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability introduces families, including families of youth with disabilities, to a new way of looking at career development for youth. The brief discusses the three phases of career development, highlights Individualized Learning Plans as a tool for facilitating the career development process, and offers strategies on how families can be involved.

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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.

Priority | Improving Outcomes for School-Aged Children.
4 steps to improve the achievement of students with disabilities | This brief from the School Superintendents Association asks, “How do we radically improve the achievement of our students with disabilities?” In answer, the brief describes four major steps that must be implemented if we are going to see significant academic improvements.

Priority | College and Career Readiness.
Improving college and career readiness for students with disabilities | This issue brief is meant to assist state policymakers in better understanding strategies to prepare students with disabilities and special needs for college and career. The brief provides background on the numbers of students with disabilities who are college and career ready; examines issues related to preparation and readiness for postsecondary education and careers; and includes examples of current programs and policies that help students with disabilities to successfully transition to college and career.

Priority | Best Practices in Family-Centered Services.
Effective practice in providing family support | This 44-page guide from the California Early Start Program describes three core concepts for best serving families in early intervention: family-centered care, family support services, and family empowerment. For each, key indicators of effective practice are identified.

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Save These Dates!

Thanks to all who attended the first two of CPIR’s webinars.  Save the dates below for more in the series, all on Thursdays, all at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

  • August 7 | Children with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • September 4 | Alternate Assessments for Common Core Standards

Also save October 2, November 6, and December 4. Topics to be determined based on Parent Center needs!

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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’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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