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 the most recent.

May 21, 2019

FERPA and IDEA Privacy Requirements 101 for Parent Centers

In this (closed-captioned) webinar, staff from the U.S. Department of Education provide a general overview of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in terms of student privacy. This webinar addresses IDEA and FERPA basics; explores requirements for the protection of student records; addresses who may and may not access student records and when those records may be shared; and discusses the impacts for Parent Centers.

View/Download the Presentation Slides (pdf)
Handout | FERPA-IDEA comparison chart of confidentiality requirements (pdf)

June 28, 2018

OSEP Parent Program Meeting  & Webinar on PROMISE Centers and Family Engagement

An opportunity for parent centers to hear from PROMISE projects on the challenges and successes in their outreach and services for families of youth receiving SSI.

February 20, 2018

Webinar on Performance Measures

This webinar is for OSEP PTIs and CPRCs about the 2017 performance measurement results and plans for 2018 collection. The Audio Description video is also available for those who prefer it.
List of 2018 Parent Centers by Region (pdf)
View/Download the PowerPoint presentation (ppt)

March 16, 2017

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

This quarterly call included a quick update from OSEP, then focused primarily on reporting the results of the 2015-6 Parent Center data collection. The report-out of Part 1’s descriptive data included such information as the numbers of contacts and trainings that Parent Centers had with families, youth, and professionals; the race/ethnicity of children served; and the disability categories of children served. Part 2’s report-out focused on how parents themselves evaluated Parent Center services and activities. All these data are included in the PowerPoint presentation. The final part of this quarterly call focused on the newly launched Parent Center Survey Item Bank, where Parent Centers can search for and find appropriate survey questions to use to measure the satisfaction of families and other users with Center services.
Download the PowerPoint presentation  (ppts, 3.6 MB)
Download a transcript of the call (doc, 40 kb)
Handout | Instructions for Using the Parent Center Survey Item Bank (pdf, 1.3 MB)
Access the Survey Item Bank

December 15, 2016

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

This quarterly call focused on website accessibility, the upcoming Program Measures data collection, OSEP’s new requirements for annual reports from Parent Centers, and several new resources from CPIR (including the Brief for Parent Centers on School Resource Officers and the premiere of the Who Knows What website to capture the know-how and expertise of the Parent Center network).
View | download the PowerPoint presentation  (3.9 MB)
Download a transcript of the call (doc, 45 kb)

December 9, 2016

Performance Measures Collection for the Parent Center Program 2017 Webinar

This prerecorded webinar from OSEP focuses on the performance measures collection for the Parent Center program in 2017. Presenters Carmen Sánchez (of OSEP) and Larry Law and Mike Norman ( of The Study Group) demystify the process of collecting the program measures and clarify what’s expected in the 2017 data collection. Most of the webinar is intended for the Parent Center projects chosen for the performance measure work this year,  but all Parent Centers can benefit from listening to the webinar.
View | download the PowerPoint presentation (2.3 MB)

June 23, 2016

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

The focus of this webinar was the joint policy statements issued by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education on the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childhood programs and family engagement in the early years.
View | download the PowerPoint presentation (1.3 MB)

March 24, 2016

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

The agenda of this webinar focused on providing: (1) Updated information on the Every Student Succeeds Act, (2) Effective Communication in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, (3) Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Significant Disproportionality, and an (4) Overview of the State Correctional Education Self-Assessment Tool (SCES) and Guidance.
View | download the PowerPoint presentation (1 MB)

March 17, 2016

CPRC Webinar: Understanding the Application and Process

Agenda for the CPRC Application webinar included an overview of the CPRC application, the application review process, submitting an application, and resources and assistance available to the applicants.
View | download the PowerPoint presentation (138 KB)

December 17, 2015

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

The focus of the call was the collection of the samples for the program measures for the year (2015) and the results of last year’s (2014) collection. The second part of the webinar focused on the Program Measures Survey and the plans for its collection.

September 17, 2015

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

Update on family engagement efforts and discussion of the revised data collection for Parent Centers.

March 19, 2015

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

February 18, 2015

Performance Measures Webinar

December 29, 2014

328M PTI Informational Webinar

Understanding the application

December 18, 2014

OSEP Quarterly Call with Parent Centers

September 18, 2014

OSEP Quarterly Call  with Parent Centers


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