Family in the pool!Welcome to the “Summer’s finally here!” 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!

Quick Find | NICHCY resources.
We’ve added a quick roadmap to help you find your favorite NICHCY resources ASAP on the CPIR website. An alphabetical listing by title and topic is also provided.

Información en español en este sitio.
We’ve also created a quick-find list for the Spanish-language resources transferred from NICHCY and now available on the CPIR site.

Minority parent and community engagement report.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the National Education Association (NEA) worked together to develop this report that aims to increase the active involvement of minority parents in their children’s schools by identifying obstacles and offering strategies for overcoming those obstacles.

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Spotlight on Finding and Using Education Data

Being able to find education data and use it to support improvements in student learning, school climate, and outcomes for students with disabilities is becoming increasingly important, especially given RDA activities and the writing of the SSIP (State Systemic Improvement Plan). Might these resources help?

Common Core of Data.
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) that annually collects data about all public schools, public school districts, and State education agencies in the United States. Resources at NCES that you may find useful include:

State School Accountability “Report Card” Database.
A service of the Education Commission of the States, this database documents the metrics used by States to measure school performance (what gets measured), the information and metrics schools must report to the public on their report cards (what gets reported), and the type of system used to rate the schools. Have a look at your State’s report card. Also connect with where, on your SEA’s website, you can find the education data that are publicly reported.

Data on your State’s special education system.
Also from the Education Commission of the States, this site provides you with statistics regarding special education services in the States; recent State legislation affecting State special education programs; information on teacher supply and training issues, finance, and successful student transition approaches; and research on methods of identifying, funding programs for, and providing instruction to special-needs students.

Using data to improve student achievement.
These online staff development modules from the Maryland Department of Education focus on developing the competencies needed to use data effectively to improve student achievement. The two modules most potentially interesting to Parent Centers are “Using State data to inform school improvement planning” and “Using school data to clarify and address your problem.”

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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. in Spanish.
Looking for good evidence-based information on mental illness to share with the Spanish-speaking families you serve? You’ll be pleased to know that more than 30 of the Child Mind Institute’s most useful and popular pieces are now available in Spanish.

Students living with a genetic condition: A guide for parents.
Parents of a child living with a genetic condition may feel apprehensive about sending their child to school. This guide can help parents explain their child’s condition to school staff such as the child’s teacher, school nurse, or physical education teacher), including how the condition may impact the child’s school experience. Includes template letters.

Therapies for children with ASD | Review of the research for parents and caregivers.
This guide describes research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children who are between 2 and 12 years old and have an autism spectrum disorder. It was created to help parents talk with their doctor, school administrator, social worker, and health insurance representative about programs and therapies. Also available in Spanish and as an audio file.

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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 Early Learning.
Early intervention for children with complex communication needs  | This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and multiple disabilities. You’ll find (1) step-by-step guidelines for early intervention to build language and communication skills, and (2) photographs and videotaped examples of intervention with young children with special needs.

Priority  | Improving Postsecondary Outcomes.
Website for students with disabilities interested in college | Going to College is a website with information about college life, designed for high school students with disabilities. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer firsthand experiences of students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and suggest important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.

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Save These Dates!

Thanks to all who attended the CPIR’s maiden-voyage webinar on RDA and the SSIP.  Save the dates below for more in the series, all on Thursdays, all at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

  • July 10 | Results of the Parent Center Needs Assessment
  • 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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