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SchoolSafety.gov

(2020) | Useful to Parent Centers and all stakeholders involved in school systems, improving the school climate, and ensuring student safety. SchoolSafety.gov is a website recently created by multiple federal agencies. The site aims to help schools prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations. In collaboration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security […]

Using Data to Make Parents Partners in School Improvement Efforts

ESSA requires states and districts to rate schools based on multiple data points (measures) that collectively comprise a state’s “accountability system.” What does it mean when a school is rated as “low performing”?

This short blog emphasizes the importance of parents being informed about and understanding the data measures used to rate schools, so that they can be partners in school improvement activities. The blog also connects you with a 2019 report, which takes a look at how many schools were identified as “struggling” based on ESSA’s requirements. Read the blog and access multiple related resources on school data, report cards, and the value of parent involvement.

Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources

(2019, April) | Useful to Parent Centers, educators, families, and school systems interested in how to initiate or expand school climate improvement activities. The Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources, from the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to provide parents, teachers, administrators, and other interested parties with: a general understanding of school climate, […]

5 Steps to Working with Your School Board

(2019, April) | Useful to Parent Centers and others for sharing with families with school-aged children, with or without disabilities. According to this article from Great Schools, it may be time to go to a school board meeting. The article discusses how to work with your local school board — the people who can make […]

Quality Counts | Annual Report

(Published annually) | Useful to Parent Centers seeking data and perspectives on the current state of U.S. education and state efforts to improve public education. Quality Counts is Education Week’s annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education. Of late, the report has been issued in 3 installments across the year. The first installment of Quality […]

Brief for Parent Centers on School Resource Officers

December 2016 | Updated, with new resources added, March 2019 A briefing paper for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources This brief in Word format This brief as a PDF Read This Brief If… …the school system in your community, district, or state places (or is considering placing) sworn law-enforcement officers […]

Annual State and Local Report Cards | ESSA Fact Sheet

May 2018 A collaborative publication of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) and The Advocacy Institute Fact sheet in Word Fact sheet in PDF Other fact sheets on ESSA This fact sheet is designed to accompany the Stakeholder Guide to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and gives you summary information about what ESSA […]

Amendments to IDEA Made by ESSA | ESSA Fact Sheet

April 2018 A collaborative publication of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) and The Advocacy Institute Fact sheet in Word Fact sheet in PDF Fact sheet in Spanish Other fact sheets on ESSA This fact sheet is designed to accompany the Stakeholder Guide to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and gives you a […]

Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Environments for Children with Disabilites | OSEP Webinar

(2017, March) | Useful to: Parents, educators, and policy makers seeking to establish safe and supportive learning environments.   There is a growing evidence base on the relationship between positive learning environments, child development, and academic achievement. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)’s second symposium highlights core principles related to creating and maintaining safe and […]

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