A family with a son who has Downs syndromeTheme: Empowering Parents

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). This month’s Buzz focuses on tools you can use to empower the parents and families you serve. You do this so well already, but we know you’re always on the look-out for tools you can use and share in building parent power. So we hope the resources below help!

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Indira, and Myriam


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New Resources in the Hub

A few new additions to the Hub library.

New from CPIR! Tools That Empower Spanish-Speaking Parents.
In the last year, more than 27% of the families served by Parent Centers received their services in Spanish. CPIR’s Myriam Alizo has compiled this “starter” list of tools that can empower Spanish-speaking parents and support the bilingual work that so many of you do.

Surrogate Parents and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth under IDEA.
Each year, more than 1.5 million youth run away from, or are forced out of, their homes. Did you know that every local educational agency has a designated homeless liaison, with the responsibility to identify homeless students and ensure they can enroll in school and receive appropriate services and supports? This document discusses the rights of homeless youth who may need special education services.

What Parent Centers Need to Know: Historical Perspectives for Working with Native American Parents.
This document from the Native American PTAC (NAPTAC) describes some of the historical factors impacting the participation of Native parents in the schooling of their children.

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Spotlight on…Federal Activities

It’s amazing how many guidances, policy statements, toolkits, and resources have been emerging recently from the U.S. Department of Education, OSEP, and other federal agencies. What a blur of important action!

Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements.
This Quick Guide provides Parent Centers, district and school leaders, teachers, school staff, and other members of the school community with the basics of how to initiate, implement, and sustain school climate improvements, with emphasis on 5 specific sets of activities.

Statement of Interest.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education have filed a Statement of Interest in a case about the language-based rights of parents who are limited English proficient (LEP). The SOI addresses, among other matters, the extent to which IEPs of children with disabilities must be translated for LEP parents under the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act.

OSEP Policy Letter about the Extended Part C Option under IDEA.
Issued in May, this policy letter from OSEP clarifies that there is nothing in IDEA that addresses if an IEP must be developed before a parent chooses Part C early intervention services or Part B services for their child after age 3.

New IDEAs that Work website.
Check out the redesigned IDEAs That Work website, which now houses information and resources from tadnet.org (the website of the TACC, the Technical Assistance Coordination Center); OSEP’s database of discretionary grants; federal resources for stakeholders; and more.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

Building parent power is hard, dedicated work. Here are several resources you can share with the families you serve.

Takeaways for Parents from the National Parent Survey.
Results of ZERO TO THREE’s survey of parents of children birth to 5 years old (which included a series of in-home discussions) are in and reveal important insights about what parents think, know, and need when it comes to raising their young children. This article summarizes the key takeaways from the research.

Helping Resistant Teens into Treatment.
For treatment to work, young people not only need to be in the room, they need to be motivated enough to want (and believe) that things can change. Here are powerful suggestions for parents. From the Child Mind Institute.

Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For.
Do you have parents who are concerned about their young child’s motor development? Here’s an interactive online tool that parents can use to learn more about physical developmental delays for children ages 5 and under. The information is also meant to help parents start a conversation with their child’s pediatrician. From the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Executive Functioning Issues: Strategies You Can Try at Home.
Parenting a child with executive functioning issues can have its challenges. But there are specific strategies and tools that could make everyday life easier for parents and their child.

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Resources Just for Parent Centers

The work that Parent Centers do covers so many topics, it’s mind-boggling. How do you keep up with such a broad range of priorities? Here are several resources you can use on topics of continuing importance.

Early Connections: A Parent Education Toolkit for Early Childhood Providers.
Early Connections offers a host of easy-to-use resources early childhood providers (and Parent Centers!) can use to educate the families they serve about media and technology. The toolkit includes handouts, family workshop outlines, media recommendations and more, focused on 6 topics related to media and technology: feelings and friends, creative play, moving, language, reasoning, and media messages.

Capacity Building Takes Time.
Building the system’s capacity to support evidence-based practices is a complex endeavor, to say the least. In this SISEP eNotes from April, implementation specialists summarize how to make capacity building last. The eNotes also links you to SISEP’s series of modules on the nuts-and-bolts of active implementation.

Share your input on the proposed regulations for parts of ESSA.
As you no doubt know, the Department of Education has released proposed regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to address the specific areas of (1) accountability and school improvement, (2) data reporting, and (3) consolidated state plans. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is available for public comment until August 1, 2016. A summary of what’s proposed is also available.

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Did You Miss CPIR’s Webinar on IEP and IDEA Training Materials?

No problem! We’ve archived Training Materials on the IEP and IDEA for your listening and viewing convenience. At your leisure, you can:

  • learn more about the 3 training modules on the IEP we’ve updated and simplified (the IEP Team, the Content of the IEP, and the IEP Meeting) and how you can use them “as is” or adapt them for your Center;
  • download pieces of the modules (slideshows, trainer’s guides, handouts for participants in English or Spanish, in Word or in PDF) for either staff development or training sessions you offer to families; and
  • connect with additional training modules focused on other key requirements of IDEA.

Find all at the archive page of the June 2nd webinar, at:

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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 lkupper@fhi360.org 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.

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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