autumn-leavesWelcome to October’s Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of 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 (non)spooky Buzz.


New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are several newbies.

The state of learning disabilities: Facts, trends, and emerging issues.
The State of Learning Disabilities report captures data about the 5% of the nation’s school-age population whose learning disabilities have been formally identified. It also provides a critical lens through which to understand and address the needs of the additional 15% or more of students with unidentified and unaddressed learning and attention issues. From NCLD.

Writing for the web.
Revamping your website? Adding new information? Keep these how-to tips in mind, because people don’t read on the Web—they skim and scan. The way in which you present the information can really help visitors find what they’re looking for.

Fact sheet on the educational rights of immigrant children.
This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education provides information to help families, parent centers, advocates, and education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies in connection with immigrant students and the existing resources available to help educate them— including children who recently arrived in the United States.

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Spotlight on… Transition Planning and Youth

Secondary transition: Helping students with disabilities plan for post-high school settings.
This module from the IRIS Center focuses on the transition process from high school to post-secondary settings. Among other topics, it discusses IEP planning, engaging students in the process so as to become better advocates for their own needs, and the importance of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation.

The Transition Suite is sweet!
Don’t forget about NICHCY’s legacy Transition Suite, available now and freshly updated at the Hub. There are 9 pages on transition to adulthood, including Students Get Involved! And for Spanish-speaking families, there’s Transición a la Vida Adulta.

Evidence-based transition practices.
This 4-page eFlyer from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) is designed to quickly connect you (and the youth and families you serve) with resources to teach student participation in the IEP meeting, academic skills, functional life skills, and so much more. Nicely done, NSTTAC!

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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.

Love, talk, play.
The “Love. Talk. Play.” campaign in Washington State aims to surround parents of children birth to age 3 with simple messages about three key things all parents can and need to be doing with their children every day: love, talk, and play. Activities and fun facts are also available in Spanish. There’s even a poster available in other languages.

Inclusive physical education.
Have questions about how best to include children with disabilities in physical education? This article will help teachers, coaches, and families consider the factors that can affect a pupil’s ability to participate in physical education activities, as well as recognize how physical education activities can be adapted to better suit the student.

What every parent should be asking about education data.
Schools and districts collect a lot of information about students. Empowered parents should demand to get value out of these data. Here are questions parents can ask of their school officials to ensure that their child is on track to graduate college and career ready.

Evidence-based practices for those with autism spectrum disorder.
This 2014 review of the literature identifies 27 effective practices for children and youth with ASD. Also check out the wealth of fact sheets on evidence-based ASD practices.

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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. Each month we’ll feature resources that can help you tackle the challenges in one or more of these priority areas. Can you guess what priority we’re spotlighting this month? Yes—-spotlight on “Using Data.”

How to share data effectively: Tips for administrators, teachers, and families.
These tip sheets can help administrators, teachers, and families identify the best ways to share student data in meaningful ways, on a regular basis, to strengthen family-school partnerships and promote student learning.

Videos on differentiated instruction.
Visit and connect with more than a dozen videos on how to differentiate instruction based on student data.

Measuring What Matters series: Using data to support family progress.
This resource comes from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. It describes how Head Start and Early Head Start programs can use data to engage families and support each family’s progress toward the seven family outcomes of the PFCE framework. Two helpful approaches for using family-related data are described. Also available in Spanish.

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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, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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