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Hosted by the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
Date | February 3, 2021
Presenter | Christine Pilgrim, Assistant Director, Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division (MSIP), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education
This webinar focused on OSEP’s new requirements for Stakeholder Engagement in State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) package for 2020-2025. The webinar’s subtitle is: What Parent Centers Need to Know. Parent Centers are primary stakeholders in how their state plans for and provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities (Part C of IDEA) and special education and related services to school-aged children with disabilities (Part B). Moreover, Parent Centers work with thousands of parents of these children every year and can represent the parental voice as well as bring individual parents to the planning table.
The new SPP/APR package requires states to engage stakeholders throughout the entire SPP/APR process and describe its mechanisms for ensuring such engagement, including a description of the activities conducted to increase the participation of diverse groups of parents and build their capacity to take part in the state’s activities to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. The webinar looked closely at the data that are required from states as part of fulfilling these new requirements for stakeholder engagement.
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