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Welcome to the November 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR).

This month’s issue brings you news from the 2016 Strengthening Parent Leadership Conference held in early November—it was very successful and energizing for the more than 80 people who attended. New PTI and CPRC project directors and board members focused on honing management skills and learning more about the intricacies of the Parent Center world from the highly experienced Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (RPTACs), Federal Project Officers, and staff of the CPIR, the Branch, and NAPTAC. Soon we’ll be posting the many materials that were shared across the two days of the conference, so that everyone can have them at their fingertips for ready reference. Stay tuned.

This month’s Buzz also connects you with two new resources developed just for Parent Centers, the most recent of Federal guidance, several disability-related resources in English and Spanish, and advocacy resources.

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Nolan, and Myriam



Welcome, New Parent Centers

Please welcome two new Parent Centers to OSEP’s Parent Center network. Both are operating in Region 3, and we had the pleasure of meeting them at the Strengthening Parent Leadership Conference in early November.

Project Empower of Northwest Florida | New CPRC
Project Director: Gary W. Walby
1521 Deer Moss Court
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563-9596

Pervasive Parenting | New CPRC
Project Director: Kodey Toney
PO Box 574
108 Joy Drive
Panama, Oklahoma 74951

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New in the Hub

Two new resources from NAPTAC, the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center.

State Indian Education Contacts | From NAPTAC.
NAPTAC developed this list of State Indian Education Contacts for Parent Centers and other service providers to use in identifying and connecting with the individuals who serve as their state contact for American Indian and Alaska Native Education. These individuals can be very helpful to Parent Centers and others in establishing and building relationships within Native communities in the state and in learning about ongoing activities, initiatives, and potential challenges in promoting the well-being and achievement of Native students.

Cultural Awareness and Connecting with Native Communities.
When Parent Center staff and other service providers visit a Tribal community, they may find it helpful to know a bit about Tribal etiquette and culture. While etiquette will vary from Tribal community to community, there are commonalities as well. This fact sheet lists many such cultural considerations. Observing them will enhance communication with Native families and your Parent Center’s connectedness with the Tribal community.

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Latest Federal Guidance

Here’s one of the latest guidance from the Department of Education, as well as two ED guidances with recently released multi-language versions.

FAQ on Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality.
From OSEP comes this October 2016 guidance document in the form of an FAQ, to help early childhood programs under IDEA understand the confidentiality requirements under IDEA and address privacy and confidentiality concerns.

Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline | In English and in Spanish.
This 32-page guidance letter from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice is robust with information about how schools can meet their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Includes an overview of racial disparities in school discipline, describes both Departments’ investigations and enforcement actions, and ends with an appendix of recommendations for school districts, administrators, teachers, and staff.

Multi-language resources on the 2014 School Discipline FAQ.
The multi-part School Discipline Guidance Package 2014 was released by the Departments of Education and Justice in 2014. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in English (linked in the header) about that package is now available in several other languages, namely: Spanish, Khmer, Laotian, and Vietnamese.

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Spotlight on…Disability Resources

We know you’re always looking for disability-related information in a variety of formats. So… hope these help.

AD/HD webinars from Family Matters, PTI in Illinois.
Check out these 3 webinars: The Impact of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Accommodations for Students with AD/HD, and School Behavior and AD/HD. Share with your families!

Slide deck: Understanding Prader-Willi.
Created by the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, these 18 slides are intended to help families educate others on the complexities of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Topics covered include: causes, challenges, treatments, and the progression of people with PWS from infancy to adulthood.

Resources in English and Spanish from Mental Health America.
MHA has a series of infographics in English and Spanish that all start with “Life with…” (“Convivir con…”). At the link above, scroll down the alphabetical list until you reach “Infografía” for Spanish infographics and “Infographic” for the English versions of: la ansiedad (anxiety), el trastorno bipolar (bipolar disorder), la depression (depression), and la psicosis (psychosis).

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Resources You Can Share with Families

Here are several resources you can share with the families you serve.

The 10 Most Powerful Things You Can Say to Your Kids.
Effective conversation helps parents create lasting, meaningful relationships with their kids. These 10 powerful statements can get parents started.

5 Other Federal Guidances on Special Education to Know About. (which writes in family-friendly language in both English and Spanish) offers tidy summaries of 5 additional letters from the Department of Education in the last year. Share with families as appropriate—or just read them for yourself. What subjects do they cover? Charter Schools, Behavioral Supports in the IEP (August 2016), Evaluating Children with AD/HD (July 2016), Standards-Based IEPs (November 2015), and Using the Terms Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia in IEPs (October 2015).

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Resources Just for Parent Centers

Parent Centers do amazing work, especially in helping parents and youth find their own voice. Here are several resources just for you.

School Discipline Reform and Advocacy.
This 15-page issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is driven by the need to strengthen advocacy efforts at the state and local levels in support of reforming discipline policies for boys and young men of color. It discusses the origins of the school-to-prison pipeline, provides a succinct summary of current discipline data, and then focuses on the “Trajectory of School Discipline Reform.” The brief also looks at the impact of restorative justice in schools, how 5 communities and school systems are changing policies, and important next steps.

Toolkit: Advocating for Change | Abogar por el Cambio.
This toolkit in English and Spanish supports planning for advocacy efforts and responding to opposition. It also includes Using Social Media for Digital Advocacy (Abogacia Electronica) and Survival Skills for Advocates (Habilidades de Supervivencia para Defensores).

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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.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Lisa, and Nolan
The CPIR Team


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