“Data are just summaries of thousands of stories – tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful.”
— Chip and Dan Heath
March Greetings to You!
This issue of the Buzz brings you news of 6 new resources and is divided into three sections: data basics for families; webinar wisdom; and healing, community, and the power of purpose. We’re pleased to say that 4 of the 6 resources are available in both English and Spanish.
Our best to you and yours,
The CPIR Team
Double Data for Families
Education Data 101
(Also available in Spanish: Datos educacionales: Nociones básicas)
This FAQ on data shares resources you need to understand why education data is a critical tool for supporting individuals, families, educators, and communities. From the Data Quality Campaign.
Parents Are Getting Access to Student Data, But How Can We Support Them to Use It?
With the right supports, parents can be savvy data consumers who actively engage with their students’ data. In many places around the country, school leaders are already taking creative measures to bridge this gap between simple communication and engagement. This article highlights examples.
Sharing Info about State Assessments with Families of Children with Disabilities
(Also available in Spanish)
In February, CPIR teamed with NCEO to spotlight NCEO’s amazing new resource, the Participation Communications Toolkit. The highly customizable toolkit is designed for stakeholders to use in discussing and making decisions about how children with disabilities will participate in state assessments.
Q&A on Serving Children with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents in Private Schools
(Also available in Spanish)
This OSEP webinar for Parent Centers answers questions about states’ obligations to provide equitable services (versus FAPE) to children with disabilities who are placed in private schools by their parents. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation was also provided. Find the 2 YouTube videos, a PDF of the presentation slides, the guidance document, and more at the link above.
Healing, Community, and Purpose
The Importance of Community in Indigenous Peoples’ Healing
In this March 2022 blog post, the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) reflects on the power of community in Native American life, saying “Being an active part of a community that allows us to feel seen is truly an invaluable feeling. When we feel seen and connected as humans, our healing expands.”
The Incredible Power of Purpose
(Also available in Spanish: Cómo ayudar a un nino a encontrar su propósito)
Having a clear sense of purpose in life has unlimited benefits for a child. This Great Schools resource includes a worksheet/activity designed to help teens explore and define their unique purpose in life.
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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement H328R180005 between OSEP and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the Center for Parent Information and Resources.