graphic of the world with a circle saying "News Line"“New information makes new and fresh ideas possible.” 

— Zig Ziglar 

As always, there’s so much news to share about what’s new, redesigned, improved, or otherwise noteworthy. This Buzz brings you but a sampling from each of those categories across such diverse key topics as transition to adulthood and postsecondary opportunities for youth with disabilities, state and local report cards, sexual behavior problems in children, student data, and parent-teacher conferences.

Our best to you all,
The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam


New from the Feds

Asian teen girl looking at you straight onIncreasing Postsecondary Opportunities and Success for Students and Youth with Disabilities
Want to know more about postsecondary opportunities for students with disabilities, including the use of IDEA and vocational rehab funds to support a student’s transition-related services? Just released, this 16-page question-and-answer guide from the Department of Education is a great place to start.

Parent Guides, Anyone?
The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has a shiny new website with resources for families, grantees, and educators. Via the “Families” box on the home page, you can find several Parent Guides (linked above) to share with your families. There’s one on ESSA, another on state and local report cards, and a third on school climate resources. There’s even a link to CPIR!

Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
This redesigned how-to training resource comes from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). It’s long, to be sure (142 pages!), but it’s packed with exercises for youth to get them thinking about, practicing, and discussing skills important to career and personal success–soft skills. More than 100 young people provided honest (and sometimes brutal) feedback to the publication’s design and content.

New for Families

children's handprintsUnderstanding and Coping with Sexual Behavior Problems in Children
Sexual exploration and play are a natural part of childhood sexual development, and help children learn about their own bodies as well as the social and cultural rules that govern sexual behavior. Some childhood sexual behaviors, however, indicate more than harmless curiosity. Find out more in this 2019 fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Parents Deserve Clear Information About Student Growth in Schools
As important partners in student and school performance, parents deserve to be empowered with information about their student’s academic growth. Understanding how their student’s learning is changing over time, parents are equipped to better advocate for their student. The Data Quality Campaign and the National PTA created this brief to outline what parents need to know. (A good companion resource to have is the Parent Guide to Education Data.)

What I Wish Parents Asked at Parent-Teacher Conferences
Teachers weigh in, sharing what they wish parents would ask at parent-teachers conferences. You may be surprised (and encouraged) by what teachers had to say.

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The 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 is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

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


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