The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education funds and guides the Parent Center network. OSEP holds informational webinars for the Parent Centers on a quarterly and as-needed basis, and uses the webinars to communicate important information to Parent Centers. This page is an archive of those webinars, starting with […]
Parent Centers’ 14 Priorities
(2019) | Useful for Parent Center capacity building and for sharing with state and local education leaders and advocates The primary mechanism for ensuring that students with disabilities receive the right educational content and rigor at the right moment in their education is the individualized education program (IEP). This resource from the Council of Chief […]
Education data are critical to understanding whether or not America’s children are getting the education they deserve and the education that will prepare them to be successful. Transparency in education data can help stakeholders celebrate well-deserved school successes and inform conversations about efforts to improve our schools.
Finding the Data : A State-by-State Assessment of Education Data Transparency provides a systematic and deeper understanding of how state education agencies compare across a set of 3 broad dimensions of education transparency: accessibility and access, quality, and disaggregation for key student groups. Parents, advocacy organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders need this information to understand the performance and quality of schools in their state.
This video series from the ECTA Center highlights strategies, practices, and approaches for effectively preparing and supporting new, or emerging, family leaders to engage in systems-level advocacy and decision making. The videos are a series of conversations with family leaders. The 4 videos are a series of conversations with family leaders answering these 2 questions:
- What may keep families from getting involved in leadership?
- What can programs do to support families with taking on leadership roles?
(2018) | Useful to youth with disabilities and to Parent Centers and others working with youth self-advocates The National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships (NCFPP), in collaboration with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Kids As Self-Advocates, and Youth MOVE, offers a webinar series that supports the identification of leadership as a journey and supports understanding and learning […]
We are pleased to point you to two new resources that the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) has created for Parent Centers and others to share. They are:
Parent Centers in Action
Oh, what Parent Centers can achieve in one year! This page tells the story of A Year in the Life: Parent Centers in Action nationwide AND it connects Parent Centers with an adaptable infographic they can use to spotlight their individual achievements: who they served, how those services were offered, in what language, and much more.
10 Great Things You’ll Find on the CPIR Hub
First, we shared this as a poster or handout. Now, it’s a page, too! Share the handout AND the page with the families and professionals you work with, which will give them a quick window into the wealth of information and resources CPIR offers.
This 5-minute video highlights the benefits of Minnesota’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System and how it came to be developed and used to improve outreach to underserved, critical populations and to connect those populations to needed services.
According to the staff at local and state organizations, combining data from different programs and agencies that serve young children allows policymakers and program decision makers to better answer critical questions about the needs of families in their communities, as well as questions about services and programs. Building the data system or developing a process to link existing data was the important first step in this video. After the data were integrated, they were analyzed and interpreted to improve programs, services, and policies.
(2018, February) | Useful to Parent Centers, schools, community members, and families after a school shooting. This resource comes from Child Trends and provides insightful guidance on how to help children after a school shooting or similar traumatic and violent event. Child Trends begins by saying: As adults struggle with their own reactions to the […]
Data play a role in virtually every aspect of administering early intervention programs (IDEA Part C) and preschool programs (Part B 619). State lead agency staff partner with stakeholders for a variety of purposes, including collaborating to improve programs and preparing annual reports on how programs are implemented. This toolkit from the DaSy Center orients stakeholders to IDEA data and other data-related topics to help them meaningfully participate in conversations about important programmatic issues and decisions.
The toolkit is a resource for IDEA Part C and Part B 619 stakeholders, such as representations on the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and the State Advisory Panel (SAP), who provide input on issues and decisions that relate to or affect programs that serve young children with development delays and disabilities and their families. Stakeholders can use this toolkit independently, or Part C/Part B 619 staff can work through the toolkit with stakeholders in a facilitated manner.
Learn more about and access the toolkit, including the 7 sections it contains and the questions that guide how information and learning are organized in each section.
(2017, February) | Useful to Parent Centers and other groups that work with advocates and self-advocates to become involved in political advocacy. From the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAH), this series of plain language toolkits focus on the basics of civic engagement. Civic engagement means actively participating in our democracy. The entire toolkit series is available at: […]