You Need These Parent and Educator Resources

Undoubtedly, we can never have too much information on best, promising, and exemplary practices for engaging, empowering and supporting the total wellness of families. If that is what you do at work, or anticipate doing, we must dedicate ourselves to continuous growth and relevance. Cultural proficiency, ELLs, parenting skills, childhood development, self-advocacy,  ‘up-skilling’, home- school partnerships, action planning, promoting leadership and capacity building- just a few topics to explore and even share with families. But, where do we find relevant information? PD opportunities? Strategies, theory, and examples?

Here are some useful resources for educators, parents and practitioners alike. Here’s wishing you meaningful engagement and promoting positive, proactive parenting and physically/emotionally fit family empowerment!

New Resources in the Hub

CPIR’s resource library is ever-growing, as you know. These new resources in the Hub also correspond to the needs Parent Centers expressed in the recent survey of satisfaction with the Buzz.

This 3-page fact sheet explains the types of data schools collect and how they use education data to help individual students. It also explains who needs these education data and why. From the Alliance for Excellent Education.

This 26-page handbook, subtitled Planning for Life After High School, deals with the self-determination and self-advocacy skills that students will need no matter what option they choose after high school. Want to start teaching these skills in the early grades? That’s included in the handbook, too.

Definitely share news of this series with school systems! The webinar series of 9 makes clear that effective family engagement is not a one-time program or event. Rather, it’s a set of day-to-day practices, attitudes, beliefs, and interactions that support learning at home, at school, afterschool, and during the summer. The series focuses on how to get there.

Spotlight on … Family Engagement

No surprise, that this topic is a need area, especially when we’re talking about engaging with multicultural families. And what about school systems engaging with Parent Centers and families?! Perhaps these various resources can offer valuable guidance to us all.

For Parent Centers | This isn’t just one learning resource—it’s a package of 4 individual sessions: (1) Getting Started: Family Engagement and Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships; (2) Strengths-Based Attitudes and Relationship-Based Practices; (3) Reflective Strategies: Sustaining Effective Practice; and (4) Additional Resources on family engagement and related topics.

For educators, schools, and school systems | Share the March newsletter of FINE, the Family Involvement Network of Educators. It offers educators tools and resources for learning and developing the skills to promote family engagement from early childhood through to transitioning to college.

For Parent Centers and schools | Immigrant parents face significant barriers as they try to engage with their children’s early educational experiences. This report identifies the unique needs of newcomer parents across the range of expectations for parent skill, engagement, and leadership, as well as strategies to address these needs. From the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.

For Parent Centers and schools | The Interactive Homelessness Lessons were designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills of all staff who work with families experiencing homelessness. The lessons include useful strategies, compelling parent stories, experiences and lessons learned, sample documents, and much more.

 Resources You Can Share with Families 

You told us you’re interested in resources that are ready-to-share with families, so we’ve identified  several relating to other topics of interest, especially key transition moments across time.

Being ready for kindergarten means that a child with special needs is able to attend to and learn the information being presented in the academic setting and is emotionally able to interact appropriately with the teacher and fellow students. This article asks (and answers) 2 questions: What are some of the skills expected of a child entering kindergarten? And what are some things that families can do to prepare their child for kindergarten?

This toolkit will help parents navigate their child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help families track and support progress at each stage. While not specifically about children with disabilities, the toolkit explores growth and development through each of the grades (K-12) and provides important and useful information about how to support children’s academics, social-emotional development, and health and wellness.

This guide is aimed at helping students with disabilities navigate postsecondary education. It provides information and resources on preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work.

Resources Just for Parent Centers

So… you also expressed the need for more resources on ESSA, significant cognitive disabilities, transition to adulthood…

This cheat sheet from Education Week sums up the new testing regulations in easy-to-read bullet points that are organized into topic-specific sections. Particularly relevant to Parent Centers are the sections on how testing will work in general, for students who have disabilities, and for English language learners.

This guide from the Georgia Department of Education Special Education Services and Supports chronicles the progress and inclusion of one first-grade student, providing a step-by-step guide for others to replicate.

From project Opening Doors for Multicultural Families, there are currently 3 webinars to enjoy and learn from: (1) Meaningful Transition Planning for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth with Disabilities; (2) Working With an Interpreter; and (3) Adult Service Eligibility for Immigrant and Refugee Students.

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