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“I’m Determined” Website

A project of the VA Department of Education, the I’m Determined website offers resources for youth, families, and educators around self-determination. Self-determination is about youth with disabilities taking control of their lives. Resources include videos, modules, a transition guide, downloadable brochures, and more. Access the website at: http://www.imdetermined.org/ More Details About the Site and Its Resource […]

Brief for Parent Centers on FAPE

June 2017 A briefing paper for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources This brief in Word format This brief as a PDF This brief is written primarily for… …Parent Centers to use with staff, volunteers, or Board members who are new to the disability field or who wish to deepen or refresh their […]

Alternate Assessment Systems – Dynamic Learning Maps

The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System Consortium is made up of a collection of state departments of education developing and using the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System. DLM assessments are computer-based and serve the small proportion of the student population with significant cognitive disabilities for whom general state assessments are not appropriate, […]

Stakeholder Guide to the ESSA | Academic Content Standards and Achievement Standards

Welcome to Section 2 of the Stakeholder Guide to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This guide provides Parent Center staff and their advocacy partners with an understanding of key provisions in ESSA so that they may become meaningfully involved in how the law is now planned and implemented by the states. The guide is presented on […]

Revised Head Start Program Performance Standards

(2016, September) | Useful to Parent Centers and early childhood programs in understanding the latest research on early childhood development, brain science, and best practices. The Final Rule for the New Head Start Program Performance Standards was published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2016. Effective starting November 2016, the updates reflect best practices and […]

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on English Learners

On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance to help states, districts, and schools provide effective services to improve the English language proficiency and academic achievement of English learners (ELs) through Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance […]

ESSA Fact Sheet: Deeper Learning

(2016, April) The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 offers a number of opportunities for states and districts to advance deeper learning and ensure that all students graduate from high school with the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, collaborate with peers, communicate effectively, and be self-directed. Deeper learning is the delivery of […]

Effective Literacy Interventions | Webinar

(2015, October) | Useful to Parent Centers in states where “literacy” has been selected as the target for improvement. Research shows that literacy intervention programs can help students who have reading difficulties, especially when the interventions occur schoolwide. In this webinar of the REL Mid-Atantic, the presenter: shares what the research says about the effectiveness […]

A Framework for Coherence: College and Career Readiness Standards, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Educator Effectiveness

(February 2015) | Useful to Parent Centers in SSIP work and in advocacy for systems reform. Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), such as Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Supports (PBIS), are crucial to early identification of learning and behavioral challenges and timely intervention for students at risk for poor learning outcomes. When aligned […]

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