“Children are the Priority.
Change is the Reality.
Collaboration is the Strategy.” 

–Judith Billings, Washington State Superintendent.

Greetings to All!

We hope you enjoyed lots of treats and scary, imaginative decorations of late, and now we’re back to the tricky new normal, with its challenges and complexities. This Buzz connects you with resources for supporting parents during COVID and for cultivating strong home-school collaborations.

Savor every day, and keep well!
The CPIR Team | Carolyn, Debra, Debi, Lisa, Sitara, and Myriam


Support for Parents During COVID

For Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This online module from the IRIS Center speaks directly to parents and offers tips they can use to support their child’s learning at home during the pandemic.

Back to School Questions and Answers | Webinar
You may be receiving a lot of questions right now about how the pandemic is impacting parental rights and the learning and development of children with disabilities. CADRE identified the pressing questions parents have about navigating the changed educational scene—and responded with this webinar. In the session, an expert attorney answers those questions and concerns—and that attorney is none other than our very own, well-known Diana Autin!

Free Financial Education Activities for Parents to Use with Their Children
(Available in multiple languages) | The Consumer Financial Protections Bureau offers dozens of free activities that parents and other caregivers can use to help school-aged children build the important skills they will need to manage money into adulthood.

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Cultivating Collaboration Between Home and School

Supporting Student Success Through Authentic Partnerships
This article provides quotes from parents and caregivers about their experiences partnering with schools and includes recommendations to schools based on those conversations, including how to involve historically marginalized parents and caregivers.

Collaborating with Families of Students with Disabilities
This online learning module from the IRIS Center addresses the importance of engaging the families of students with disabilities in their child’s education. It highlights key factors that affect these families and outlines practical ways to build relationships and create opportunities for involvement.


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