“You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory,
in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.”

— Carol Ann Duffy


This issue of the Buzz brings you lots of news and connections to sources of information that Parent Centers and others will find pertinent to working with families: updated guidance from OSEP, Native American news, a great new resource in town, and more info in English and Spanish.

Stay safe as this heat wave rolls on (and on),
The CPIR Team


First, from OSEP, Updated Guidance

On July 24th, OSEP released updated policy guidance about states’ general supervision responsibilities under Parts B and C of IDEA. This 45-page Q&A begins with the question “What is general supervision?“, which makes it a fine tool for Parent Centers and others to use in staff development regarding what IDEA requires of states with respect to general supervision, child find, annual performance reporting, and state enforcement policies when an LEA or early intervention program does not meet the requirements of IDEA.


Native American News

How to Address Native American Issues as a Non-Native
This 14-page guide is an excellent resource for allies to consult, with great pictures and pithy truth-telling observations, such as this one: “It’s time to start focusing on strongly held Native values—like commitment to family, reverence for the land and environment, and appreciation for unity and community—in order to understand and communicate more truthfully about Native American life.”


Big New Resource in Town

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is the first-ever national technical assistance center for those who serve grandfamilies and kinship families. The network exists, free of charge, to offer a new way for government agencies and nonprofit organizations in states, tribes, and territories to collaborate and work across jurisdictional and systemic boundaries—all to improve supports and services for grandfamilies and kinship families.

Be sure to check out the network’s resource library, a centralized hub of resources for professionals who are serving and supporting grandfamilies and kinship families. It features resources such as fact sheets, tip sheets, webinars, practical toolkits, reports, videos, and research/data.


Resources in English and Spanish for You & for Families

CPIR has added 2 new resources from the Child Mind Institute to our Resource Library. Both are multi-article suites of info in English and Spanish. Find abstracts of both (with links to the articles in each):

What Is Motivational Interviewing? | Take a deep dive into a form of therapy that helps teens change unhealthy behaviors.

Psychosis in Teenagers | Suite includes signs to watch for, about childhood schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), and taking a child to the emergency room.


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