“Keep walking the walk, one step at a time.'”

~Joyce Meyer

As the school year really gets going, it’s a good time to revisit several resources that will prove useful: talking about state assessments with parents, OSEP’s numerous reopening resources, and webinars about developing IEPs or providing compensatory services to children with disabilities.

We’re also pleased to share with you two mental health resources relevant to schools and families.

Our best to you, as always,
The CPIR Team


Resources to Revisit

Early Childhood Reopening Resource Collection
This CPIR resource collection spotlights materials, videos, and webinars that early childhood programs throughout the country can use to guide their reopening efforts. The majority of the resources have been produced by the 5 early childhood centers funded by OSEP.

Webinar | 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 participants to use in discussing and making decisions about how children with disabilities participate in state assessments.

Webinar | Return to School: Development and Implementation of IEPs
This webinar focuses on important guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, entitled Return to School Roadmap: Development and Implementation of IEPs in the LRE. The guidance stresses the importance of revisiting the needs of students with disabilities as they return to classrooms.

Webinar | Providing Required Compensatory Services That Help Students with Disabilities in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This webinar is a great way to learn when a school district must provide compensatory services under Section 504 and the IDEA to students with disabilities who did not receive the services to which they were entitled due to the pandemic. How to do so is also discussed.

In Case You Missed It

2022 Determination Letters on State Implementation of IDEA
IDEA requires the Department of Education to issue an annual determination of a state’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA. How did your state measure up?

Mental Health Matters

MHA’s 2022 Back to School Outreach Toolkit
What a wealth of information is in this toolkit! As children go back to school, there are many stressors like the lingering pandemic, gun violence, and social unrest. Check out the Social Media Cheat Sheet, virtual events, resource list, and handouts for adults, children, and teens.

Kids Who Worry They’re Sick When They’re Not
This recent enewsletter from The Child Mind Institute includes 5 stand-alone articles on anxiety and somatic symptom disorders in children: stomach aches and headaches, panic attacks, mental health in children with medical conditions, and behavioral treatment.


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