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Week 1 – December 6th, 2022 Theme: How to Measure Employee Job Performance Accurately

It’s the time of year when many center directors are preparing and delivering performance reviews. …

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Week 2 – December 13th, 2022 Theme: Annual Review Process: Performance Category Definitions

Once you have decided on employee performance review measures it is time to customize a …

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Week 3 – December 20th, 2022 Theme: Performance Appraisal Phrases: 200 Helpful Phrases for Employee Performance Reviews

We all struggle to find the right words to articulate observations and recommendations to employees …

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Week 1 – November 1st, 2022 Theme: Salary survey: What it is & Why it’s Important

Our region recently conducted a salary survey that we will discuss on our November Director’s …

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Week 2 – November 8th, 2022 Theme: What Are Salary Benchmarks and How Do They Impact Compensation?

Once you have salary survey results, it’s time to benchmark the salary ranges for your …

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Week 3 – November 15th, 2022 Theme: State Nonprofit Data & Reports

One of the components (and not the only one) to consider in setting salary ranges …

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Week 4 – November 22nd, 2022 Theme: Compensation Resources

It is difficult to find salary data that matches the positions and work that Parent …

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Week 5 – November 29th, 2022 Theme: Nonprofit Compensation Policy Sample

The past few week’s resources have highlighted the importance of factoring in total compensation packages …

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Week 1 – October 4th, 2022 Theme: Self-care strategies for leaders during stressful times

We often coach the staff and families we work with that they need to put …

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Week 2 – October 11th, 2022 Theme: A Surprising Habit of Great Leaders

We are headed into a stressful time of year. Did you know one of the …

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Week 3 – October 18th, 2022 Theme: Leadership Myths Debunked

There are at least 7 leadership myths out there, and this resource debunks each one. …

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Week 4 – October 25th, 2022 Theme: Why you need a self-care plan (and 5 ways to get started)

Ready to start your self-care plan? There are 4 Key Aspects to self-care planning for …

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Week 1 – September 6th, 2022 Theme: Alternatives to Annual Audit

Many Parent Centers have fiscal years that match OSEP’s fiscal year. That means you might …

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Week 2 – September 13th, 2022 Theme: Auditor Selection Process

If your center expends more than $750,000 in federal funds, you’re required to submit to …

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Week 3 – September 20th, 2022 Theme: Choosing Your Auditors

Wondering how to choose a great auditor even if you just need them to proof …

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Week 4 – September 27th, 2022 Theme: How Far Back Can the IRS Audit?

Making sure your center’s books are clean and your 990 is correct is essential if …

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Week 1 – August 2nd, 2022 Theme: Community Foundations

Are you connected with your state’s community foundations? Did you know they can connect you …

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Week 2 – August 9th, 2022 Theme: Community Foundation Locator

Most states have a network of community foundations. Establishing a relationship with the one nearest …

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Week 3 – August 16th, 2022 Theme: More on Community Foundations

There are two types of foundations: public and private. Community foundations are public. That means …

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Week 4 – August 23rd, 2022 Theme: Grant Giving Foundations

Of the private foundations in the US, there are 13, well-established, large, grant-makers to keep …

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Week 5 – August 30th, 2022 Theme: Top 10 Grant Databases

As parent centers, we know that no one should ever underestimate the influence of a …

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Week 1 – July 5th, 2022 Theme: What Type of Data Should My Nonprofit or Foundation Collect?

Most Parent Centers are considering database options right now. Is it best to stay with …

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Week 2 – July 12th, 2022 Theme: What’s the Best Database for My Organization, and How Do I Choose?

Once you have narrowed your scope of database options to the few that you think …

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Week 3 – July 19th, 2022 Theme: Database Administrator (DBA)

What does DBA stand for? “Doing Business As,” right? Like many of our known acronyms, …

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Week 4 – July 26th, 2022 Theme: Everything You Need to Know Regarding Outsourcing Database Administration

Now that you are familiar with a Database Administrator (DBA), you are probably wondering how …

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Week 1 – June 7th, 2022 Theme: 5 Data Points Your Nonprofit Should be Tracking

As you dig into making your database work best for your projects, make sure you …

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Week 2 – June 14th, 2022 Theme: How to Effectively Evaluate a Nonprofit

Once you have thought through how your database can help you track the data that …

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Week 3 – June 21st, 2022 Theme: Models and Components of a Great Nonprofit Dashboard

Potential private donors and new board members respond to different messaging than federal funders. Once …

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Week 4 – June 28th, 2022 Theme: How Nonprofits Can Map Their Programs to Their Strategy

Another great use of organizational level data is a Nonprofit Program Strategy Map. This process …

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Week 1 – May 3rd, 2022 Theme: Balanced Scorecards (BSC)

Directors’: Parent Center Directors constantly think about the data indicators that let us know if …

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Week 2 – May 10th, 2022 Theme: What’s Your Nonprofit’s Board Scorecard Score?

Directors’: Balanced Scorecards are used to communicate organizational performance. How do we translate the categories …

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Week 3 – May 17th, 2022 Theme: Board Scorecards for Board Performance

Directors’: Over the past two weeks, we have learned why and how Balanced Scorecards are …

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Week 4 – May 24th, 2022 Theme: Samples of Board Scorecards

Directors’: One successful practice for Board Scorecards is to use two different versions. The first …

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Week 5 – May 31st, 2022 Theme: Learn about the Different Types of Nonprofit Balance Scorecards

Directors’: Want to better understand the three different types of nonprofit Balance Scorecards and when …

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Week 1 – April 5th, 2022 Theme: Board Member Recruitment

Last month we shared resources about employee onboarding. Board member onboarding is a different process …

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Week 2 – April 12th, 2022 Theme: Board Orientation

When new board members engage with your organization, make certain your Board Member onboarding process …

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Week 3 – April 19th, 2022 Theme: Executive Committee Purpose and Structure

As your board members move in and out of Executive Committee roles, they will need …

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Week 4 – April 26th, 2022 Theme: Managing Restricted Funds

One thing all PTI and CPRC Board Members need to clearly understand is the difference …

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Week 1 – March 1st, 2022 Theme: What Does Employee Onboarding Mean?

Do you know the difference between new employee onboarding and new employee training? Do you …

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Week 2 – March 8th, 2022 Theme: Understanding the Four Phases of Onboarding

There are four phases to onboarding, and the first one, Pre-Onboarding, begins before a new …

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Week 3 – March 15th, 2022 Theme: What is Employee Onboarding — And Why do You Need It?

The intent of onboarding is to acclimate, engage and retain great employees. When this happens, …

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Week 4 – March 22nd, 2022 Theme: How to Build an Onboarding Plan for a New Hire

Do you ask your new staff members how they like to be managed? Learn more …

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Week 5 – March 29th, 2022 Theme: Onboarding Templates to Get You Started

Now that you know a bit more about Onboarding, what you really need are some …

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Week 1 – February 1st, 2022 Theme: Calculating ROI

One of the most important tools in non-profit fundraising is Social Return on Investment (SRoI). …

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Week 2 – February 8th, 2022 Theme: How to Prove Nonprofit Impact With SROI

Once you introduce SRoI to your board and staff, it’s time to decide on some …

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Week 3 – February 15th, 2022 Theme: Return on Mission: A Framework to Measure Success

When considering what indicators to use for Social Return on Investment, make sure they are …

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Week 4 – February 22nd, 2022 Theme: The Surprising Return on Investment (ROI) of Nonprofit Branding

One of the best uses for Social Return on Investment indicators is to use them …

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Week 1 – January 4th, 2022 Theme: The Ultimate Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

Social media platforms are rapidly changing, and becoming a more relevant way to reach parent …

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Week 2 – January 11th, 2022 Theme: Social Media Use in 2021

Facebook engagement has flatlined for 5 years, but it is still the best social media …

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Week 3 – January 18th, 2022 Theme: Mobile Video Statistics

Every year, mobile phone video use doubles. Also, video watchers are 1.5 times more likely …

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Week 4 – January 25th, 2022 Theme: Frequently Asked Questions: Best Social Media Marketing Tactics for Businesses

Parent Centers are always posting content somewhere. We also often share out resources from partners …

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Week 1 – December 7th, 2021 Theme: Causes of Employee Turnover and Strategies to Reduce it

Retaining good employees for non-profit work has always been difficult. These days, the challenges are …

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Week 3 – December 28th, 2021 Theme: 10 Tips to Motivate Employees Without Resorting to Money

A happy staff member can navigate conflict in healthy ways and will stay in a …

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Week 1 – November 2nd, 2021 Theme: Learn about the Top 5 Performance Objectives

One of the best ways to motivate employees is to help them understand how their …

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Week 2 – November 9th, 2021 Theme: Successfully Use and Improve Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

To help others develop their career skills, center directors must first make sure our own …

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Week 3 – November 16th, 2021 Theme: How to Use a Progressive Discipline System

Are your progressive discipline policies up to snuff? Do they offer multiple options for improvement …

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Week 4 – November 23rd, 2021 Theme: Is Performance Coaching Right for You?

Performance coaching can be formal or informal. What is essential is that it’s clear what …

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Week 5 – November 30th, 2021 Theme: Understanding the Power of Positive Discipline

When it’s time to move beyond coaching to a verbal or written disciplining session, a …

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Week 1 – October 5th, 2021 Theme: Learn About the “2 Pizza” Productivity Rule

Dr. Adrian Furnham from the University College in London has studied what makes meetings most …

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Week 2 – October 12th, 2021 Theme: Promote Collaboration and Innovation with this Brainstorming Meeting Template

Organizing meetings as Brainstorming Sessions is one of the best ways to accomplish work with …

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Week 3 – October 19th, 2021 Theme: Maximize the Benefits of Brainstorming in the Decision-Making Process

The Nominal Group Technique (NGT) is a great facilitation model to use when a meeting …

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Week 4 – October 26th, 2021 Theme: Tips to Foster Constructive Debate Within Your Teams

When decisions need to be made, exploring diverse viewpoints is usually helpful. The people in …

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Week 1 – September 7th, 2021 Theme: Tips to Track and Minimize Interruptions

Most Parent Center Directors experience the “revolving door” that goes with our busy offices and …

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Week 2 – September 14th, 2021 Theme: How to Make Meetings More Productive

Did you know that holding shorter meetings while standing up will increase productivity and solution …

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Week 3 – September 21st, 2021 Theme: Helpful Tool to Help Decide if Meetings Should be Emails

When we are working with our staff on resource and service development, we need to …

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Week 4 – September 28th, 2021 Theme: Manage and Save Time with Action Item Templates

Different time management tools should be used in different situations. Project management task lists should …

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Week 1 – August 3rd, 2021 Theme: How to Set Healthy Boundaries

As things gear up for the coming year, Parent Center leaders feel the pressure kicking …

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Week 2 – August 10th, 2021 Theme: Supporting Self-Care and Professionalism

Self-care and professionalism do not always seem to go hand-in-hand, but they do. We are …

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Week 3 – August 17th, 2021 Theme: Boundaries in Working Relationships

Working in small centers has many rewards. However, it can also have pitfalls. Strong working …

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Week 4 – August 24th, 2021 Theme: Tips for What to Do When You’re Too Busy

One of the best things we can do to care for ourselves is to manage …

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Week 5 – August 31st, 2021 Theme: Help Yourself by Helping Your Team

Did you know that helping your employees better manage their time will also help you …

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Week 1 – July 6th, 2021 Theme: Importance of Diversified Fundraising

Many Parent Centers operate almost entirely off state and federal grants. Most of us know …

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Week 2 – July 13th, 2021 Theme: Take-Home Template on Fundraising

The Parent Centers aren’t new, but a lot of us are new to robust fundraising …

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Week 3 – July 20th, 2021 Theme: Learn About Common Fundraising Mistakes

The Forbes Nonprofit Advisory Council recently published this article outlining nine common fundraising mistakes nonprofits …

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Week 4 – July 27th, 2021 Theme: How to Engage Your Board in Fundraising

Did you know that placing a 20-minute fundraising discussion at the top your board agenda …

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Week 1 – June 1st, 2021 Theme: Avoid Common Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

Did you know there is a specific method to achieving the strategies you planned with …

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Week 2 – June 8th, 2021 Theme: Understand the Measurability of Your Goals

In order to measure progress toward the goals on your strategic plan, you have to …

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Week 3 – June 15th, 2021 Theme: Establishing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Once your strategic goals are based in achievement, it’s time to establish your Key Performance …

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Week 4 – June 22nd, 2021 Theme: Benefits of a Meeting Facilitator for Strategic Planning

As center Directors, we have our hands in everything and know the work from every …

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Week 5 – June 29th, 2021 Theme: Advice from Nonprofit Leaders Implementing a Strategic Plan

We know the best advice often comes from our peers. The same is true in …

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Week 1 – May 4th, 2021 Theme: Ideas and Resources for Board Engagement

Last month’s messages focused on recruiting great board members. Once you have them in place, …

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Week 2 – May 11th, 2021 Theme: Tips for Conversations about Board Governance

Did you know that introducing topics a board has to wrestle with is one of …

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Week 3 – May 18th, 2021 Theme: Engaging Board Members Through AAA

Engaged boards absolutely must have a stake in the organization’s strategic planning process and its …

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Week 4 – May 25th, 2021 Theme: What Nonprofit Board Members Need to Know

Once your strategic plan is updated and all board members understand it, it’s time for …

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Week 1 – April 6th, 2021 Theme: Board Recruitment

There is a six-step process to finding and keeping the right board members for your …

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Week 2 – April 13th, 2021 Theme: Board Member Job Descriptions

Planning on posting some board member positions soon? Make sure your board member job descriptions …

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Week 3 – April 20th, 2021 Theme: Essential Qualities of an Effective Board Member

Do you know the 5 essential qualities of an effective board member? Learn what they …

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Week 4 – April 27th, 2021 Theme: Working with Different Board Members

You might have a few board members that just aren’t working out how you thought …

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Week 1 – March 2nd, 2021 Theme: Marketing During the Pandemic

Are your work plans playing out differently than you thought they would because of the …

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Week 2 – March 9th, 2021 Theme: Post-Pandemic Marketing Strategies

Last week’s post focused on different marketing strategies that might help increase your center’s service …

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Week 3 – March 16th, 2021 Theme: What Small Businesses Are Doing During COVID-19

Small businesses and non-profits are facing many of the same challenges these days. Learn what …

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Week 4 – March 23rd, 2021 Theme: Tackling Today’s Talent Challenges

Have you reskilled your workforce to be ready for the service delivery challenges yet to …

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Week 5 – March 30th, 2021 Theme: Trademarks of Agile Organizations

Smaller, agile organizations are becoming the champions of service delivery right now. Is your center …

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Week 1 – February 2nd, 2021 Theme: Why Video Calls Are So Draining

It’s no surprise to any of us that video meeting fatigue is real. Knowing the …

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Week 2 – February 9th, 2021 Theme: Tips to Beat Zoom Fatigue

Last week you explored the “what and why.” This week, learn what you can do …

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Week 3 – February 16th, 2021 Theme: Quick Video to Improve Posture

Faulty posture from video fatigue can cause painful strain on the back of your neck. …

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Week 4 – February 23rd, 2021 Theme: Games to Amp Up Your Next Virtual Meeting

Harvard Business Review cites research indicating “small talk” ice breakers are less engaging on video …

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Week 1 – January 5th, 2021 Theme: How to Help Staff Cope with Trauma

Most of us are quite happy to usher in the new year. 2021 has the …

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Week 2 – January 12th, 2021 Theme: Tool to Support Employee Success

There are specific steps that leaders can take to help staff members successfully heal from …

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Week 3 – January 19th, 2021 Theme: Self-Help and Coping Strategies

The Department of Veteran’s affairs offers a catalog of coping resources and self-help options related …

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Week 4 – January 26th, 2021 Theme: Practice Mindfulness to Decrease Stress

Setting up the workplace to offer the best chance of success in coping with trauma …

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Week 1 – December 1st, 2020 Theme: Tackling Unconscious Bias

As most of us know, biases are deeply embedded. However, we are often unaware of …

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Week 2 – December 8th, 2020 Theme: Tips for Effective Diversity Training

Diversity training is one of the first, best steps in helping shift attitudes and beliefs. …

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Week 3 – December 15th, 2020 Theme: ‘A-ha’ Activities for Bias Awareness

Diversity training has been shown to only change attitudes and beliefs when it is reinforced …

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Week 4 – December 22nd, 2020 Theme: Workplace Diversity & Inclusion

Setting standards for an inclusive work environment starts with embedding changes in leadership and management …

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Week 1 – November 3rd, 2020 Theme: Nonprofit Leadership Skills for Every Director

Do you know what leadership styles you are best at and which ones could be …

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Week 2 – November 10th, 2020 Theme: Resource Library for Nonprofit Leadership

Without planning and policies, our centers and their staff struggle. But, who has the time? …

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Week 3 – November 17th, 2020 Theme: Online Magazine for Nonprofit Leaders

Want to stay in the know on emerging topics affecting nonprofits such as how to …

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Week 4 – November 24th, 2020 Theme: Create an Elevator Pitch for Your Center, or Create Your Nonprofit Elevator Pitch

One of the most effective tools for nonprofits is an elevator speech. Delivering one is …

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Week 1 – October 6th, 2020 Theme: Early Intervention and Inclusion

Are you looking to increase your center’s Early Intervention resources? In 2015, the US Departments …

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Week 2 – October 13th, 2020 Theme: Developmental App Useful for Everyone

The CDC has a great set of resources for families of children ages birth to …

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Week 3 – October 20th, 2020 Theme: Early Intervention Collaboration

Ready to start collaborating with Early Intervention Partners beyond your state’s Part C Education Department …

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Week 4 – October 27th, 2020 Theme: Early Childhood Technical Assistance

The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems is a national Technical Assistance center that …

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Week 1 – September 1st, 2020 Theme: Five Leadership Lessons from “Forged in Crisis”

What can we learn from those who came before us about how to lead through …

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Week 2 – September 8th, 2020 Theme: Leading With Empathy

Many sources agree that empathy is key to successful leadership in times of crisis, but …

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Week 3 – September 15th, 2020 Theme: Building Relationships in Times of Crisis

Being able to build relationships and trust is essential to leadership – especially in times …

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Week 4 – September 22nd, 2020 Theme: Learn About Lollipop Moments

In this short TedTalk “Everyday Leadership,” Drew Dudley tells a story that illustrates how a …

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Week 5 – September 29th, 2020 Theme: Team-Building Activities When Leading Through a Crisis

We can never have too many ideas up our sleeves to help us build our …

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Week 1 – August 4th, 2020 Theme: Give Effective Virtual Presentations

Delivering high-quality training online is different than delivering it in person. Is your staff team …

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Week 2 – August 11th, 2020 Theme: Creative Online Presentation Ideas

Speakers have to work harder to engage their audience when they’re not together in person. …

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Week 3 – August 18th, 2020 Theme: Activities for Active Lecture-Based Training

When detailed rules and regulations are taught, it’s easy for staff members to fall into …

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Week 4 – August 25th, 2020 Theme: Use Learners’ Creativity in eLearning

One of the best ways to help your trainers be more engaging online is by …

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Week 1 – June 30th, 2020 Theme: Reopening Your Parent Center

Reopening soon? Most parent center directors are tasked with creating the guidance needed to reopen …

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Week 2 – July 7th, 2020 Theme: Reopening Your Parent Center

One of the most important steps in keeping an office open and staff healthy during …

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Week 3 – July 14th, 2020 Theme: Reopening Your Parent Center

Most of us will be sticking with virtual meetings and trainings for a while. Eventually, …

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Week 4 – July 21st, 2020 Theme: Reopening Your Parent Center

There’s speculation a “second and third wave” of COVID-19 might be coming. How will you …

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Week 5 – July 28th, 2020 Theme: Reopening Your Parent Center

Returning to work will be a stressful transition for parent center employees because there is …

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Week 1 – June 2nd, 2020 Theme: Data Storytelling

The best leaders are real, open and honest. They inform and then involve their audiences in …

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Week 2 – June 9th, 2020 Theme: Data Storytelling

Data storytelling blends hard data and human communication. It is key in the work of …

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Week 3 – June 16th, 2020 Theme: Data Storytelling

As leaders, we know we need to use data to share our stories. There are …

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Week 4 – June 23rd, 2020 Theme: Data Storytelling

Is your center’s data honest? What things should never be part of storytelling with data? Learn about …

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Week 1 – May 5th, 2020 Series 1 of 4: Morale Boosters for You and Your Staff

This is a tough time for us all! Need a little leadership boost? Click on …

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Week 2 – May 12th, 2020 Series 2 of 4: Morale Boosters for You and Your Staff

When leaders listen, staff members engage more deeply. Helping your team through challenges means learning …

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Week 3 – May 19th, 2020 Series 3 of 4: Morale Boosters for You and Your Staff

Concerned about the mental health of your team? The linked CDC web-based infographic provides success …

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Week 4 – May 26th, 2020 Series 4 of 4: Morale Boosters for You and Your Staff

We know different people process stress in different ways. This is also true of our …

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Week 1 – March 31st, 2020 Series 1 of 5 Theme: Managing Remote Workers

Stumped on what sorts of unique practices should be considered for remote workers? This list provided …

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Week 2 – April 7th, 2020 Series 2 of 5 Theme: Managing Remote Workers

This helpful link provides a customizable template for creating a remote worker policy. Take what …

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Week 3 – April 14th, 2020 Series 3 of 5 Theme: Managing Remote Workers

Roberto Giannicola can teach you how to manage remote workers in about 7 minutes flat. …

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Week 4 – April 21st, 2020 Series 4 of 5 Theme: Managing Remote Workers

Once the pandemic is over, should you continue to have any of your workforce telecommute? …

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Week 5 – April 28th, 2020 Series 5 of 5: Theme: Managing Remote Workers

If you think your center will continue to have some or all of your employees …

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Week 2 – March 10th, 2020 Series 2 of 4: Human Resources and Personnel Files

Did you know an HR audit can include a look at the posters on your …

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Week 3 – March, 17th, 2020 Series 3 of 4: Human Resources and Personnel Files

This may be one of the most important links you ever receive – What NOT to …

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Week 4 – March 24th, 2020 Series 4 of 4: Human Resources and Personnel Files

A quick checklist is a great way to stay on top of day-to-day musts in …

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Week 1 – February 4th, 2020 Series 1 of 4: Marketing Plans

Need to build awareness, grow funding, and figure out what data will help get you …

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Week 2 – February 11th, 2020 Series 2 of 4: Marketing Plans

A marketing plan isn’t as hard to make as you might think. Use this guide to …

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Week 3 – February 18th, 2020 Series 3 of 4: Marketing Plans

Now that you’ve done the research on what your marketing plan should include, pick a …

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Week 4 – February 25th, 2020 Series 4 of 4: Marketing Plans

There are 3 types of videos that are proven to vastly improve your marketing plan …

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Week 1 – January 7th, 2020: Theme: cont. from December: Retaining Great Staff

Want to keep great staff even though career advancement opportunities in your workplace don’t exist?  …

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Week 2 – January 14th, 2020: Series 1 of 3 Theme: The Importance of Program Evaluation

Did you know you program evaluation is one of the best ways to increase your …

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Week 3 – January 21st, 2020: Series 2 of 3 Theme: The Importance of Program Evaluation

If program evaluation makes you shutter, just think of it like a well-baby visit to …

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Week 4 – January 28th, 2020: Series 3 of 3 Theme: The Importance of Program Evaluation

The American Evaluation Association has scads of resources to help you get the most out …

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Week 1 – January 3rd, 2023 Theme: List of Children’s Books Used to Promote Skills

NCPMI has a wonderful list of children’s books that includes diverse examples of books that can be …

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Week 2 – January 10th, 2023 Theme: IDEA Early Intervention Family Guides and Companion Videos

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) is an OSEP funded center. …

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Week 3 – January 17th, 2023 Theme: IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides and Companion Videos

CADRE, an OSEP funded center, has developed parent resource guides which are designed to explain the dispute …

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Week 4 – January 25th, 2023 Theme: Working Together Series

CADRE’s resource, The Working Together Series, includes five interactive self-directed courses. These courses provide families and …

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Week 5 – January 31st, 2023 Theme: Guiding Principles of Collaborative Advocacy

CADRE developed The Guiding Principles of Collaborative Advocacy which is designed to promote the use of ethical …

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Week 1 – December 6th, 2022 Theme: STEMIE Early Childhood Resources for Families

The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center has resources for families and routine guides …

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Week 2 – December 13th, 2022 Theme: NCPMI Social and Emotional Skills Resources

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) supports the implementation of an early childhood …

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Week 3 – December 20th, 2022 Theme: Q&A for Families from ECTA

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) has a great Q & A for families that includes …

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Week 1 – November 1st, 2022 Theme: Accessible Learning Across the Lifespan

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) is geared towards educators, parents and …

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Week 2 – November 8th, 2022 Theme: Find Your State AEM Contact

Did you know there is an Accessible Educational Materials affiliated center in each state and …

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Week 3 – November 15th, 2022 Theme: Information and Resources Geared Toward Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Diagram Center has information and resources geared toward parents of students with disabilities from Pre-K …

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Week 4 – November 22nd, 2022 Theme: The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes Resources

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes offers resources for professionals, parents, families and deaf individuals. …

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Week 5 – November 29th, 2022 Theme: A choose-your-own-adventure online game created just for deaf teenagers

One featured resource from the National Deaf Center is Deafverse, a choose-your-own-adventure online game created just …

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Week 1 – October 4th, 2022 Theme: Six Ways to Weave Self-Care into Your Workday

We are in the beginning of another busy school year. This resource from the Harvard …

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Week 2 – October 11th, 2022 Theme: What is Self-Care & Self-Compassion?

Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to care for ourselves and show ourselves …

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Week 3 – October 18th, 2022 Theme: 10-Minute Guided Meditation on Self-Love

Do you need a break? Take 10 minutes to watch this video which will guide you through …

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Week 4 – October 25th, 2022 Theme: Developing Your Self-Care Plan

Do you have a self-care plan? The University of Buffalo has developed a guide with …

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Week 1 – September 6th, 2022 Theme: Practice Improvement Tools: Practice Guides for Families

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) offers many resources including several resources for families. …

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Week 2 – September 13th, 2022 Theme: Advocating for the Literacy Needs of Children

The National Center for Improving Literacy has a toolkit for families entitled, “How to Advocate …

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Week 3 – September 20th, 2022 Theme: Key Topics for Families from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness offers several resources for families. On their key topics for families page, …

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Week 4 – September 27th, 2022 Theme: Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child’s School

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) offers many resources for families …

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Week 1 – August 2nd, 2022 Theme: Supporting Students with Disabilities and Avoiding the Discriminatory Use of Student Discipline under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

New guidance released from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office …

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Week 2 – August 9th, 2022 Theme: Section 504 Fact Sheet

The second document in OCR/OSERS new guidance on school discipline is this fact sheet noting Section 504 …

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Week 3 – August 16th, 2022 Theme: Questions and Answers: Addressing the Needs of Children with Disabilities and IDEA’s Discipline Provisions

A third new guidance document released in July 2022 on school discipline is Questions and Answers …

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Week 4 – August 23rd, 2022 Theme: Positive, Proactive Approaches to Supporting the Needs of Children with Disabilities: A Guide for Stakeholders

The document, Positive, Proactive Approaches to Supporting the Needs of Children with Disabilities: A Guide for …

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Week 5 – August , 2022 Theme: Key Policy Letters Signed by the Education Secretary or Deputy Secretary

The final piece of information released on discipline is a letter from Secretary Cardona to our nation’s …

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Week 1 – July 7th, 2022 Theme: WIOA Laws, Regulations, & Guidance

Looking to develop your knowledge around secondary transition? This resource from the US Department of …

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Week 2 – July 12th, 2022 Theme: Pre-employment Transition Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) is the portion of WIOA which targets employment opportunities to transition …

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Week 3 – July 19th, 2022 Theme: Project Launch

Chances are your center is supported by one of our Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Parent …

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Week 4 – July 26th, 2022 Theme: RAISE Center’s Database of Transition Resources

Did you know we have the support of a technical assistance center dedicated to supporting …

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Week 1 – June 7th, 2022 Theme: Guide to Reaching Out to American Indian and Alaska Native Youth with Disabilities

Summer outreach idea #1: As schools wind down for summer, you may be looking for …

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Week 3 – June 21st, 2022 Theme: Connect with Other Parent Centers

Summer connection idea #3: Would you like to connect with parent center staff from other …

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Week 4 – June 28th, 2022 Theme: Access to Parent Center eLearning Hub

Summer connection idea #4: Are you looking to absorb more information about disability and special …

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Week 1 – May 3rd, 2022 Theme: IDEA Requirements of PTIs

The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), Section 1471 outlines the requirements of PTI’s. As …

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Week 2 – May 10th, 2022 Theme: Establishing Healthy Parent-Teacher Relationships

One of the most important pieces of our work is to help parents effectively communicate …

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Week 3 – May 17th, 2022 Theme: Phrases for Parents to Use at IEP Meetings

Sometimes, parents might need some very simple phrases that can help improve understanding or get …

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Week 4 – May 24th, 2022 Theme: Differentiating Between Essential Components of Collaborative Problem Solving

Effective communication with schools may sometimes be difficult conversations to have with families. Sometimes other …

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Week 5 – May 31st, 2022 Theme: A New Approach to Family Engagement

As the school year winds down and you begin to debrief with local school professionals, …

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Week 1 – April 5th, 2022 Theme: The Intersection of Disability, Race and Special Education

“Intersectionality is an analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s…identities combine to create …

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Week 2 – April 12th, 2022 Theme: How Immigrant Families Navigate Trauma

Trauma impacts immigrant families. Check out this video as Dr. Maria Elena Perez, SSCHC helps …

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Week 3 – April 19th, 2022 Theme: Culturally Tailoring Parent Interventions

Do you and your PTI provide services the same to everyone or are you in …

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Week 4 – April 26th, 2022 Theme: Access to Resources for Serving Multicultural and Multilingual Families

If you had planned on watching any of the videos distributed this month from the …

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Week 1 – March 1st, 2022 Theme: Effective Instruction Strategies for ELLs with Disabilities

Students learning English are disadvantaged by a scarcity of appropriate assessment instruments and a lack …

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Week 2 – March 8th, 2022 Theme: Disproportionality in Identification for Special Education

Debate over disproportionality has long focused on the over-representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students …

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Week 3 – March 15th, 2022 Theme: Back to School Roadmap: Spanish Resources

13% of the US population speak Spanish. To give access to the Return to School …

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Week 4 – March 22nd, 2022 Theme: Back to School Roadmap: More Spanish Resources

To give more access to Spanish documents in the Return to school Roadmap resources, please …

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Week 5 – March 29th, 2022 Theme: More Spanish Back to School Roadmap Resources

For access to the Spanish language resource within the Return to School roadmap entitled, The …

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Week 1 – February 1st, 2022 Theme: Pulling Off a Professional Video Call from Home

We have been using video conferencing for a while now and some of us feel …

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Week 2 – February 8th, 2022 Theme: Virtual Training Tips

Looking for ways to liven up your virtual training? Look no further than these 20 …

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Week 3 – February 15th, 2022 Theme: Comparing Meeting Tools & Their Sustainability for Users with Disabilities

Are you wondering how to make your virtual events more accessible? We have all had …

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Week 4 – February 22nd, 2022 Theme: Four Causes for Zoom Fatigue & Their Simple Fixes

Do you feel yourself experiencing “zoom fatigue?” Here are a few causes and solutions that …

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Week 1 – January 4th, 2022 Theme: Return to School Roadmap: Child Find, Referral, and Eligibility Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) continues to release documents in the Return to …

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Week 2 – January 11th, 2022 Theme: Return to School Roadmap: Provision of Early Intervention Services

Do you wonder what the state and provider responsibilities are for addressing ongoing disparities brought …

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Week 3 – January 18th, 2022 Theme: Return to School Roadmap: Child Find Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

OSEP guidance answers questions related to general child find requirements, referral and initial evaluation, and …

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Week 4 – January 25th, 2022 Theme: More Resources from the CPIR Online Resource Library

Please visit the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) for a full list of OSEP Return …

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Week 1 – December 2nd, 2021 Theme: OSEP Data on Asian Children with Disabilities

OSEP data collection shows “Asian children with disabilities, ages 14-21, exiting school were more likely …

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Week 2 – December 19th, 2021 Theme: More Fast Facts on Hispanic and/or Latino Children with Disabilities

Data shows that “Hispanic and/or Latino students are more likely to be identified with specific …

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Week 3 – December 16th, 2021 Theme: Fast Facts about American Indian or Alaska Native Children with Disabilities

Data shows “American Indian or Alaska Native students with disabilities were more likely to be …

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Week 4 – December 22nd, 2021 Theme: More OSEP Data on Black or African American Children with Disabilities

OSEP data shows that Black or African American students with disabilities are more likely to …

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Week 1 – November 4th, 2021 Theme: New Guidance Interpreting Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

On 9/30/21, OSEP released the latest document in their “Return to School Roadmap” series entitled, “Development …

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Week 2 – November 10th, 2021 Theme: Webinar Helping Explain the Return to School Roadmap

On 10/21/21, OSEP conducted a webinar to help explain the recently released “OSERS Return to School …

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Week 3 – November 18th, 2021 Theme: Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs

One of the priorities outlined in the Return to School Roadmap is “Addressing the Social, Emotional, …

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Week 1 – October 7th, 2021 Theme: Addressing the Needs of Students with Medical Disabilities with Section 504 Plans

Watch this short video on Section 504 Review and Students with Medical Disabilities to learn more about …

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Week 2 – October 14th, 2021 Theme: Learn About the Differences Between IHPs, 504 Plans and IEPs

The Oley Foundation offers this resource to help understand how an Individualized Health Plan (IHP), Section 504, …

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Week 3 – October 21st, 2021 Theme: Develop and Utilize Sample Health Plans

Individual Health Plans can be part of a 504 plan or IEP. Watch a short …

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Week 4 – October 28th, 2021 Theme: Understand More About Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs During a Disaster

Learn more about Emergency Care Plans for children with special healthcare needs, and reference many additional …

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Week 1 – September 2nd, 2021 Theme: Beginning Outreach to Military Families

Do you wonder where to start in outreaching to military families? Find military installments in …

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Week 2 – September 9th, 2021 Theme: Early Intervention and Special Education Eligibility for DoD Dependents

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for military families is implemented by DoD Instruction …

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Week 4 – September 23rd, 2021 Theme: Online Tool Empowering Families with Special Needs

Military families with special needs have resources available to them through the Exceptional Family Member’s …

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Week 1 – August 5th, 2021 Theme: Materials Emphasizing the Foundations of Native Culture

Before beginning outreach efforts to Native American families, it is important to acknowledge and understand …

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Week 2 – August 12th, 2021 Theme: Tribal Sovereignty and Outreach to Native Families

Native American tribal communities are sovereign, meaning tribal governments have authority over their communities including …

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Week 3 – August 19th, 2021 Theme: Reaching Out to American Indian and Alaska Native Youth with Disabilities

Are there Native American communities that you wish you could serve more robustly? Check out this …

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Week 4 – August 26th, 2021 Theme: More on Working with Native American Children and Youth

This recent compilation of resources from CPIR takes a deeper dive into specific matters impacting Native …

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Week 1 – July 1st, 2021 Theme: Resources on Discipline for Parents and Schools

This quick read from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments provides an overview …

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Week 2 – July 8th, 2021 Theme: What to Do When Your Child is Facing Disciplinary Action

Need a simple resource for families when their child is facing disciplinary action? Check out …

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Week 3 – July 15th, 2021 Theme: Special Education Law and Discipline

Have some time this summer for professional development on school discipline? This video is nearly …

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Week 4 – July 22nd, 2021 Theme: Case Study on School Discipline

The Center for Parent Resources and Information (CPIR) has a lot of useful resources on …

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Week 5 – July 29th, 2021 Theme: 504 Resource Guide

A relatively small population of students with disabilities are served under a Section 504 plan. …

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Week 1 – June 3rd, 2021 Theme: Understanding Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. MTSS is a process for providing support for …

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Week 2 – June 10th, 2021 Theme: Getting Starting with Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a framework that some schools use to improve …

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Week 3 – June 17th, 2021 Theme: Understanding Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)

You probably see Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) all the time, …

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Week 4 – June 24th, 2021 Theme: More on Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)

FBAs can be difficult for families to understand. Here is a resource for parents from …

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Week 1 – May 6th, 2021 Theme: Statewide Assistive Technology Program Directory

Statewide Assistive Technology Programs support individuals with disabilities, service providers and others learning about, accessing, …

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Week 2 – May 13th, 2021 Theme: Assistive Technology in Education

What are some examples of assistive technology? This 3-minute video gives several examples of low-tech …

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Week 3 – May 20th, 2021 Theme: Understanding Accessible Education Materials (AEM)

Ever wonder where accessible materials and assistive technology should be addressed in an IEP or …

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Week 4 – May 27th, 2021 Theme: Family Information Guide on Assistive Technology

How does assistive technology (AT) change when planning for transition? This in-depth guide offers an …

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Week 1 – April 1st, 2021 Theme: A to Z of Disabilities & Accommodations

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides accommodation ideas by disability, topic, limitation, work-related function, and …

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Week 2 – April 8th, 2021 Theme: Resources, Training & FAQs for Pre-employment Transition Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are supports available to transition aged students with a disability while …

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Week 3 – April 15th, 2021 Theme: Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Do you support families that need more information on working while also receiving SSI? This …

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Week 4 – April 22nd, 2021 Theme: Family Influence on the Employment Process

Families are a strong influence on employment decisions. This resource from the Institute for Community …

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Week 5 – April 29th, 2021 Theme: Tips for Parents & Families Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success

“This InfoBrief (from the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability for Youth) discusses the importance …

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Week 1 – March 4th, 2021 Theme: What to Do (& Where to Start) When You Learn Your Child Has a Disability

It can be challenging to know where to start when we first learn our child …

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Week 2 – March 11th, 2021 Theme: Resources on Parent Groups

Parent groups are often very supportive for families of children with special needs. While we …

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Week 3 – March 18th, 2021 Theme: More Information About Specific Disabilities

When families are new to disability or want to share more information with family members, …

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Week 4 – March 25th, 2021 Theme: What Presuming Competence Looks & Sounds Like

Presuming competence in students with disabilities means believing in everyone’s ability to learn. When there …

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Week 1 – February 4th, 2021 Theme: The Role of School Resource Officers

Over the last few decades, school resource officers (SROs) have become more common in schools. …

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Week 2 – February 11th, 2021 Theme: Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline

Have you heard of the school-to-prison pipeline? Watch this 2-minute video to understand more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qe5_1WayiI

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Week 3 – February 18th, 2021 Theme: Youth Guidance for Transitioning from Juvenile Justice Facilities

It can be hard to know what a successful transition from juvenile justice facility to …

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Week 4 – February 25th, 2021 Theme: A Restorative Approach to Discipline

Restorative justice is an approach in which conflict is resolved through communication and respect. When …

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Week 1 – January 7th, 2021 Theme: Mental Health

Instances of mental stress and substance abuse have increased during COVID. To better understand the …

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Week 2 – January 14th, 2021 Theme: Mental Health Online Screening Tool

Increased stress can lead to mental health challenges, and mental health diagnoses carry a lot …

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Week 3 – January 21st, 2021 Theme: Resiliency and Mental Health

Many parents are seeing a change in their children related to stress during the pandemic …

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Week 4 – January 28th, 2021 Theme: Understanding Responsibilities of Mandated Reporting

As many children are learning from home, it is important to understand your responsibilities related …

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Week 1: December 3rd, 2020 Theme: Assistive Technology and the IEP

Would you or the families you serve like more information on how to incorporate assistive …

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Week 2: December 10th, 2020 Theme: Internet Access is a Civil Rights Issue

When you think about equity and access, internet access may not be the first barrier …

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Week 3: December 17th, 2020 Theme: ELLs with Special Needs: Effective Instructional Strategies

The overrepresentation of English language learners (ELLs) in special education classes (Yates & Ortiz, 1998) …

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Week 4: December 23rd, 2020 Theme: Disproportionality in Special Education Placement

Are you familiar with significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity? Would you like to …

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EXTRA

Have you come across the term intersectionality? Intersectionality refers to individuals who are part of multiple marginalized groups based …

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Week 1 – November 5th, 2020 Theme: Resource on the Quiet Power of Encouragement

Parents usually reach out to us when things are not going well. Your information and …

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Week 2 – November 12th, 2020 Theme: Ideas on How to Encourage Others

Have you noticed how encouragement (in addition to accurate information) can really help the family …

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Week 3 – November 19th, 2020 Theme: Study on the Question-Behavior Effect

In our work with families, we often ask questions and provide information. Which is more …

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Week 4 – November 25th, 2020 Theme: Uplifting & Positive Words of Encouragement

What are you doing to provide encouragement to the families you support? Consider posting an …

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Week 1 – October 8th, 2020 Theme: Find Your Best Work-Life Balance

Working from home offers many benefits and its share of challenges. Find your best work-life …

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Week 2 – October 15th, 2020 Theme: Tips for Challenges of Remote Working

What are some of your greatest challenges with remote working? Learning to “leave work” at …

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Week 3 – October 22nd, 2020 Theme: Routines and Other Tips for Working Remotely

What is your pre-work morning routine? Working from home can result in a much shorter …

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Week 4 – October 29th, 2020 Theme: More Tips to Achieve Work-Life Balance

When does work end when you’re working from home? Consider finding an activity or two …

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Week 1 – September 3rd, 2020 Theme: How Accommodations and Modifications Affect FAPE

Even though many students are learning at a distance during COVID-19, Free Appropriate Public Education …

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Week 2 – September 10th, 2020 Theme: Accommodations, Modifications, and Interventions at a Distance

It’s helpful for families to know the best practice for successful distance learning starts with …

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Week 3 – September 17th, 2020 Theme: How to Improve Distance Learning Students’ IEPs

Families may find themselves in a position during COVID-19 where they would like to improve …

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Week 4 – September 24th, 2020 Theme: IEP Accommodations During Distance Learning

Navigating assistive technology for distance learning just got easier. This well-organized resource from Understood.org provides …

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Week 5 – October 1st, 2020 Theme: Successful Online Learning Tips

Successful online learning through regular brain breaks, time management, and positive feedback. See more online …

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Week 1 – August 6th, 2020 Theme: 7 Rules of Meeting Etiquette

What are the unwritten rules of virtual meeting etiquette? You know to mute your microphone, …

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Week 2 – August 13th, 2020 Theme: Run a Great Virtual Meeting

The Harvard Business Review has a simple process for running a great virtual meeting. Hint: …

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Week 3 – August 20th, 2020 Theme: Take Remote Working to the Next Level

Break up the virtual meeting monotony with an ice breaker. Here are 10 fun ideas! …

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Week 4 – August 27th, 2020 Theme: Benefits of Virtual Meetings

We are largely forced into virtual meetings right now, but there are some upsides. Would …

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Week 1 – July 2nd, 2020 Theme: Equipping Ourselves for Anti-Racism

Looking for a better way of thinking about racism, sexism and ableism? Intersectionality is a …

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Week 2 – July 9th, 2020 Theme: Equipping Ourselves for Anti-Racism

Is “not being a racist” enough? To transform inequitable systems, we must seek to be …

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Week 3 – July 16th, 2020 Theme: Equipping Ourselves for Anti-Racism

It’s important to talk to children about racism and inequality, but where to begin? Start …

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Week 4 – July 23rd, 2020 Theme: Equipping Ourselves for Anti-Racism

How do disability justice and racial justice relate? Attached is a two-minute video from the National Disability …

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Week 5 – July 30th, 2020 Theme: Equipping Ourselves for Anti-Racism

Activist and educator Jane Elliott highlights the absurdity of white superiority with her famous “Blue Eyes/Brown …

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Week 1 – June 4th, 2020 Theme: Self-care for families during COVID-19

“Self-care is not selfish or indulgent—it’s how we keep ourselves well to ensure we are …

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Week 2 – June 11th, 2020 Theme: Self-care for families during COVID-19

Building routines and distraction-free dedicated time can help support the mental health of children during …

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Week 3 – June 18th, 2020 Theme: Self-care for families during COVID-19

Your favorite candy, backyard picnics, old tv shows and a hundred more ideas for self-care …

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Week 4 – June 25th, 2020 Theme: Self-care for families during COVID-19

“Taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury. It’s essential.” Five self-care tips for parents from …

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Week 1 – May 7th, 2020 Theme: Meeting COVID-19 Family Needs – Series 1 of 4

What do psychologists have to say about how families can ease stressors during COVID-19? Tips …

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Week 2 – May 14th, 2020 Theme: Meeting COVID-19 Family Needs – Series 2 of 4

The CDC has some guidance for families with disabilities who need to interact with care …

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Week 3 – May 21st, 2020 Theme: Meeting COVID-19 Family Needs – Series 3 of 4

Parents who have children with disabilities are strong and resilient. Here are some tips from …

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Week 4 – May 28th, 2020 Theme: Meeting COVID-19 Family Needs – Series 4 of 4

It may be hard to find joy right now, but YOU can be a source …

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Week 1 – April 2nd, 2020 Theme: Resources for Families During COVID-19 – Series 1 of 5

What would you share with someone who is going through COVID-19 with grandkids? Here’s a …

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Week 2 – April 9th, 2020 Theme: Resources for Families During COVID-19 – Series 2 of 5

Looking for a list of high quality home learning resources for kids with disabilities? Here’s …

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Week 3 – April 16th, 2020 Theme: Resources for Families During COVID-19 – Series 3 of 5

Encourage families to have fun together! Here are some game ideas for family members of …

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Week 4 – April 23rd, 2020 Theme: Resources for Families During COVID-19 – Series 4 of 5

This sudden change in routine can be particularly hard for children on the autism spectrum. …

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Week 5 – April 30th, 2020 Theme: Resources for Families During COVID-19 – Series 5 of 5

With so many schools either closed or doing remote learning, there is a lot of …

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Week 1 – March 5th, 2020 Theme: Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability – Series 1 of 4

Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability #1: Disability is a natural part of the human …

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Week 2 – March 12th, 2020 Theme: Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability – Series 2 of 4

Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability #2: You are not alone, but your family’s experience …

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Week 3 – March 19th, 2020 Theme: Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability – Series 3 of 4

Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability #3: Embrace the unplanned journey. “The Unplanned Journey” is a …

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Week 4 – March 26th, 2020 Theme: Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability – Series 4 of 4

Helpful Truth for Parents New to Disability #4: Kids with disabilities become adults with disabilities. What can …

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Week 1 – February 6th, 2020 Theme: Building Your Network

Building your network! Do you hate networking? If networking feels too transactional to you, be …

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Week 2 – February 13th, 2020 Theme: Building Your Network

Building your network! Why network? Networks deliver three key advantages: inside information, access to skills …

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Week 3 – February 20th, 2020 Theme: Building Your Network

Building your network! Don’t know where to begin? Start by asking your existing connections for …

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Week 4 – February 27th, 2020 Theme: Building Your Network

Building your network! Don’t know how to maintain your network? People are wired to reciprocate, …

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Week 1 – January 9th, 2020 Theme: Cultural Competence

“Privilege, simply put, is societally granted, unearned advantages accorded to some people and not others.” …

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Week 2 – January 16th, 2020 Theme: Tips for Next Level Training

Tip #1: Grab the spotlight! We don’t all love the limelight, but when we’re training, …

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Week 3 – January 23rd, 2020 Theme: Tips for Next Level Training

Tip #2: Humor boosts memory! A little humor goes a long way, even in professional …

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Week 4 – January 30th, 2020 Theme: Tips for Next Level Training

Tip #3: Find the feelings! Can inspiring hope and confidence lead to better training? Yes, …

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Week 1 – February 7th, 2023 Theme: Intensive Intervention Infographics for Parents and Families

Are you working with a family that would benefit from a visual that could help …

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Week 2 – February 14th, 2023 Theme: Trauma-Informed Care and the Pyramid Model For Promoting Social and Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children

Are you working with a family that might want to understand some strategies that they …

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Week 3 – February 21st, 2023 Theme: Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension Policies in Early Childhood Settings

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations has a vast resource library for families, teachers …

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Week 4 – February 28th, 2023 Theme: Disability & Special Education Acronyms

The Progress Center, an OSEP funded TA center, offers many resources for families on the …

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Week 1 – January 3rd, 2023 Theme: Healthy Solutions for Managing Workplace Stress

Anxiety and stress in the workplace is increasing at an alarming rate among those working …

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Week 2 – January 10th, 2023 Theme: Tips for Sharing Your Story

Nine out of ten employees report appreciating it when their leaders share about personally seeking …

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Week 3 – January 17th, 2023 Theme: Sample Accommodations for Mental Health Conditions

Once you are ready to implement an organizational mental health wellness plan, you may find …

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Week 4 – January 25th, 2023 Theme: Mental Health First Aid Training

Most of us know that Mental Health First Aid training exists for families/caregivers and students. …

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Week 5 – January 31st, 2023 Theme: Introduction to CPTSD in the Workplace

A leader who has grown a culture of mental wellbeing at work creates a safe …

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Week 1 – February 7th, 2023 Theme: The Benefits of Working from Home

Did you know that remote workers spend an average of 1.5 more days working per …

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Week 2 – February 14th, 2023 Theme: Recruiting and Hiring When You’re Remote

There are five essential things that can help you recruit and hire staff remotely. Even …

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Week 3 – February 21st, 2023 Theme: 12 Interview Questions to Ask Remote Workers

We understand that working remotely is the same in some ways and different in others. …

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Week 4 – February 28th, 2023 Theme: 11 Tips to Effectively Manage Remote Employees

Are you micromanaging your remote workers? Research shows that is the #1 way to motivate …

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Week 1 – March 7th, 2023 Theme: Discipline Discussions: The Impact and Harm of Exclusionary Discipline 

Valarie Williams, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of …

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Week 2 – March 14th, 2023 Theme: Discipline Discussions: Our Discipline Policies Reflect Our Priorities

The second blog post by Valarie Williams, OSEP Director, is entitled, Discipline Discussions: Our Discipline …

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Week 3 – March 21st, 2023 Theme: Discipline Discussions: Informal Removals Matter

The third blog post, Discipline Discussions: Informal Removals Matter, by OSEP Director Valarie Williams discloses …

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Week 4 – March 28th, 2023 Theme: Glossary of Key Terms and Acronyms

For definitions of key terms related to discipline, please refer to the glossary of key …

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Week 1 – March 7th, 2023 Theme: Data Storytelling

Data Storytelling is the purposeful generation of narrative and visuals to explain aggregate data that …

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Week 2 – March 14th, 2023 Theme: Telling Effective Data Stories with Data, Narrative, and Visuals

In order to use your data to tell stories, you have to first understand the …

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Week 3 – March 21st, 2023 Theme: Declutter Graphs

One of the pitfalls of telling a story with data is accidentally including too much …

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Week 4 – March 28th, 2023 Theme: 20 Best Data Storytelling Examples

Want a library of visual tools to pull from for your data storytelling? Here is …

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Week 1 – April 4th, 2023 Theme: OSEP Fast Facts: Students With Disabilities Who Are English Learners (ELs)

Did you know that English Learners were more likely to be identified with SLD and …

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Week 2 – April 11th, 2023 Theme: Confronting Discrimination Based on National Origin and Immigration Status

Did you know that public school districts may not deny access to an education to …

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Week 3 – April 18th, 2023 Theme: Inclusion of Language Development Goals and Best Practices to Ensure Appropriate EL Instruction

For information on best practices to ensure schools provide appropriate instruction to English learners with …

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Week 4 – April 25th, 2023 Theme: Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents

For a summary of information to Ensure English Learner Students Can Participate Meaningfully and Equally …

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Week 1 – April 4th, 2023 Theme: Bluebook Citation for Legal Materials

As we head into report writing season, a refresher in how to find and cite …

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Week 2 – April 11th, 2023 Theme: Basic Legal Citation

Want a little more of a tutorial in citing law? Cornell has produced a 14-minute-long …

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Week 3 – April 18th, 2023 Theme: How to Find a Case with the Citation

Parent Center Directors utilize state and federal statutes the most. Sometimes, though, a new case …

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Week 4 – April 25th, 2023 Theme: Citation guide

Legal citations aren’t the only kinds of citations that can trip us up. This resource …

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Week 1 – May 2nd, 2023 Theme: Nonprofit Annual Reports

As we look beyond the Annual Progress Reports we must write for our projects, one …

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Week 1 – May 2nd, 2023 Theme: State Deaf-Blind Project

Do your families know how to find your state Deaf-Blind Project? The OSEP funded National …

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Week 2 – May 9th, 2023 Theme: Tableau Foundation Living Annual Report

These days, many nonprofits are leaning toward Living Annual Reports, also known as Data Dashboards, …

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Week 2 – May 9th, 2023 Theme: Recursos para Familias

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness has so many resources available for Spanish-speaking families. Share this …

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Week 3 – May 16th, 2023 Theme: Your Nonprofit Annual Report: 10 Things to Include This Year

Whether a Living Annual Report is on your website or not, some aspects of a …

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Week 3 – May 16th, 2023 Theme: Deaf Postsecondary Data Dashboard

Did you know “research shows that deaf people are not completing college degrees, getting jobs, …

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Week 4 – May 23rd, 2023 Theme: Understanding the 4 Essential Nonprofit Financial Statements

Did you know that regularly publicizing your Financial Statements is one of the first, best …

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Week 4 – May 23rd, 2023 Theme: Self-Paced Courses from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes

The National Deaf Center has online learning modules in a self-paced environment that offer continuing …

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Week 5 – May 30th, 2023 Theme: What Warren Buffet Can Teach Us About Annual Reports

Creating your annual report is Step 1. Circulating it through all of your usual marketing …

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Week 5 – May 30th, 2023 Theme: Deafverse

Are you working with a family that wants to engage their deaf teenager in skill …

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Week 1 – June 6th, 2023 Theme: How Much Time Does it Take to..?

With summer just around the corner, many Parent Centers take time as a team to …

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Week 1 – June 6th, 2023 Theme: Intro. to the New Vocational Rehabilitation Toolkit for Parent Centers

The RAISE Center provides support to Parent Centers related to transition. One resource to expand …

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Week 2 – June 13th, 2023 Theme: How Do You Spend Your Week?

Are there adjustments you and your team members could make to our schedules both at …

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Week 2 – June 13th, 2023 Theme: What is CentersConnect?

Do you want to join conversations with other parent centers? Check out Centers Connect, where …

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Week 3 – June 20th, 2023 Theme: Identifying Your Energy Cycles and Sources

Most of us have cycles to our productivity in different life areas at different times …

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Week 3 – June 20th, 2023 Theme: The Parent Center eLearning Hub

The Parent Center eLearning Hub is expressly for Parent Centers and offers relevant videos to …

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Week 4 – June 27th, 2023 Theme: What’s Working?

We all know that approaching anything new from a strength-based perspective is best. Time management …

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Week 4 – June 27th, 2023 Theme: CPIR Online Resource Library

Have you ever wanted a resource full of information impacting the families we serve? Do …

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Week 1 – July 6th, 2023 Theme: Upcoming Multicultural/Multilingual Networking Opportunity

The Region C PTAC invites you to a Multicultural/Multilingual Networking Opportunity Zoom meeting on Wednesday, …

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Week 2 – July 11th, 2023 Theme: Resource on Confronting Racial Discrimination in Student Discipline

Recently, OCR and the Justice’s Department of Civil Rights Division released this “Resource on Confronting …

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Week 3 – July 18th, 2023 Theme: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Fact Sheet

Many states in our region do not have laws banning corporal punishment. This fact sheet …

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Week 4 – July 25th, 2023 Theme: Referrals to Law Enforcement & School-Related Arrests in U.S. Public Schools Handout

Disproportionate disciplinary practices based on race continue to be addressed by OCR related to Referrals …

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Week 1 – July 6th, 2023 Theme: How Do You Spend Your Work Day?

By now you see where we are headed with this series. We’ve entertained the universal …

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Week 2 – July 11th, 2023 Theme: Prospect Research 101: A Crash Course for Nonprofits

Prospect Research is one of the best ways to seek out new donors, funders, and …

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Week 3 – July 18th, 2023 Theme: 16+ Prospect Research Tools To Find More Donors For Your Organization

Just like anything else, you have to choose the correct tools for your Prospect Research …

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Week 4 – July 25th, 2023 Theme: Prospect Research: The Ultimate Guide for Nonprofits

Feeling like Prospect Research may not be a match for your small center? This list …

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Week 1 – August 1st, 2023 Theme: Centering Equity in Safe and Inclusive Schooling Environments

While many students are going back to school, if you find yourself with a few …

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Week 2 – August 8th, 2023 Theme: CentersConnect Space on Advancing Equity

Are you interested in keeping up to date on the PTI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion …

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Week 3 – August 15th, 2023 Theme: CPIR e-Learning Hub

The CPIR e-Learning Hub has a new course only for Parent Center staff called,  “Who …

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Week 4 – August 22nd, 2023 Theme: Online for All – National Campaign Working to Close the Digital Divide

Do you work with families who are caught in the digital divide? Civic Nation and …

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Week 5 – August 29th, 2023 Theme: Resource on Supporting Foster Students

A Dear Colleague letter released on July 25, 2023 offers guidance on responsibilities to support …

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Week 2 – August 8th, 2023 Theme: 10 Simple Principles of Adult Learning

As Parent Centers, we know that adult learning is unique. Sometimes it is hard to …

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Week 3 – August 15th, 2023 Theme: 15 Top Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners

Now that you have reviewed the principles of adult learning, it’s time to think about …

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Week 4 – August 22nd, 2023 Theme: 18 Instructor-led Training Activities

Games and activities give adult learners the brain breaks they need to succeed. Here are …

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Week 5 – August 29th, 2023 Theme: 10 Audience Engagement Tools You Need to Know About

Adult learners often have their cell phones in hand. Why not use that phone as …

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Week 1 – September 5th, 2023 Theme: Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers

Resilience is a skill all of us need in order to thrive in the face …

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Week 2 – September 12th, 2023 Theme: Brief Facts and Tips on Trauma

Many families we serve have experienced trauma. The National Association of School Psychologists developed this …

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Week 3 – September 19th, 2023 Theme: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Are you prepared with resources if a family you support expresses severe distress or suicide …

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Week 4 – September 26th, 2023 Theme: How to Love Yourself, According to Therapists

As you care for families, remember to care for yourself. Let’s go beyond self-care and …

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Week 1 – September 5th, 2023 Theme: What Is a Gap Analysis?

We have all used data to conduct Needs Assessments for our grants and projects. Have …

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Week 2 – September 12th, 2023 Theme: Gap Analysis Improves Associations

Within nonprofit work, the 4 steps of a Gap Analysis fall into 5 overall categories …

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Week 3 – September 19th, 2023 Theme: Free Gap Analysis Templates

Once you are ready to prepare for a Gap Analysis, you need to pick and …

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Week 4 – September 26th, 2023 Theme: 20 Strategic Planning Models To Consider

Ultimately, the point of a Gap Analysis is to create and achieve a plan to …

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Week 1 – October 3rd, 2023 Theme: Side-by-Side View of Transition Services

NTACT (National Technical Assistance Center on Transition), has developed a document that is helpful in …

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Week 2 – October 10th, 2023 Theme: VR Transition Services

Do you or the families you work with need a better understanding of the different …

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Week 3 – October 17th, 2023 Theme: Top Ten List for Youth Engagement

Are you interacting directly with youth? Hear it directly from youth on ways to engage …

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Week 4 – October 24th, 2023 Theme: Incorporating DEI into Work with Youth

Need a place to start or continue learning how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) impacts …

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Week 5 – October 31st, 2023 Theme: Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor

This year marks 50 years since the passage of Section 504. Section 504 can apply …

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Week 1 – October 3rd, 2023 Theme: The Importance of Hosting Employee and Team Gatherings

Celebrating company and staff member accomplishments is essential for any business. It is especially important for …

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Week 2 – October 10th, 2023 Theme: Workplace Events Calendar For Every Month

Are you intentional about celebrating all year long? It can be difficult to build in …

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Week 3 – October 17th, 2023 Theme: 60 New Holiday Party Themes

This resource offers 60 holiday party themes. It may get your creative juices flowing for …

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Week 4 – October 24th, 2023 Theme: Wording for Holiday Invitations

Once you have your plan in place, it’s time for invitations. No need to get …

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Have a hybrid staff team you need to plan for in your celebrations? No problem …

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Week 1 – November 7th, 2023 Theme: FAQ – General Issues Related to Nonpublic Schools

Do you or the families you serve want to learn about nonpublic schools? The OSERS’ …

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Week 2 – November 14th, 2023 Theme: Provisions Related to Children With Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools

Ever need a guide on children who are parentally placed in private schools? “This publication …

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Week 3 – November 21st, 2023 Theme: Q&A – Serving Children with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents in Private Schools

Did the provisions related to children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in …

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Week 4 – November 28th, 2023 Theme: State Regulation of Private and Home Schools

Do you or the families you serve want to better understand your State Regulation of …

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Week 1 – November 7th, 2023 Theme: A Violation of Trust: Fraud Risk in Nonprofit Organizations

A survey of nonprofits conducted in by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners found that …

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Week 2 – November 14th, 2023 Theme: Five Red Flags for Embezzlement

There are 5 red flags directors should watch for to prevent fraud from embezzlement. Find …

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Week 3 – November 21st, 2023 Theme: Financial Control Recommendations for Small Nonprofits

Internal Controls are key to preventing fraud. Find some of the most common controls, and …

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Week 4 – November 28th, 2023 Theme: 20 Questions Board Members Should Ask to Assess Financial Health

Does your board really know what to ask to perform their duty of helping to …

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Week 1 – December 5th, 2023 Theme: The Holidays with Adopted, Foster, or Kinship Kids Who’ve Been Exposed to Trauma

Foster children have a higher rate of trauma and the holidays may be dysregulating for …

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Week 2 – December 12th, 2023 Theme: Unwrapping Opportunities for Adoptive Families During the Holidays

Do you support adoptive families who might want resources for navigating the holidays? The National …

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Week 3 – December 19th, 2023 Theme: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

You have probably served Grandparents raising their grandchildren. If you find these grandparents want some …

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Week 1 – December 5th, 2023 Theme: The Psychology of Productivity – Do More in Less Time

As multi-tasking leaders, we have to prioritize learning the best ways to be productive. It …

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Week 2 – December 12th, 2023 Theme: 6 Tips to Stop Thinking About Work After Work Hours

Do you dream, or maybe sometimes even have nightmares, about the office? Having a healthy …

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Week 3 – December 19th, 2023 Theme: Time Management Techniques For Stress Free Productivity

Most people spend more time thinking about things that are unimportant or irrelevant to the …

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Week 1 – January 9th, 2024 Theme: Federal Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) Program Profile

Did you know that Title IX, Part A of ESSA addresses the education for homeless …

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Week 2 – January 16th, 2024 Theme: McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless

One in every 30 children experience homelessness each year. Do you understand the definition of …

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Week 3 – January 23rd, 2024 Theme: Data from the National Center for Homeless Education

Are you interested in understanding the prevalence in your state of homelessness among enrolled students? …

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Week 4 – January 30th, 2024 Theme: School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents

The National Center for Homeless Education offers many resources including a brief called,  “School Help …

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Week 1 – January 9th, 2024 Theme: Infographic with 8 Tips to Avoid Decision Fatigue

Did you know employees are 6 times more engaged in their work when they focus …

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Week 2 – January 16th, 2024 Theme: Workplace Health Model

Fostering a healthy workplace and workforce leads to reduced insurance premiums, workers compensation claims, unplanned …

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Week 3 – January 23rd, 2024 Theme: 10 great examples of workplace wellness programs

Helping your employees develop and keep healthy habits is directly correlated to being able to …

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Week 4 – January 30th, 2024 Theme: Workplace Health Strategies

In order for any Workplace Health Plan to work, your staff have to buy-in to …

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Week 4 – November 24th, 2021 Theme: Resource for Parents on Returning to In-Person Learning

If you are supporting families that are contemplating returning their child to school, this checklist …

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Week 1 – February 6th, 2024 Theme: How to Be a Great Guest Speaker for a Session: 10 Pro Tips

Parent Center staff present scads of complex information. Often, we are more focused on the …

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Week 2 – February 13th, 2024 Theme: How to Do a Presentation – 5 Steps to a Killer Opener

Did you know that most people who are not impressed by a trainer stop listening …

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Week 3 – February 20th, 2024 Theme: What should I explain to the guest speaker for an event?

Need to book a guest speaker? Not sure what to ask to make sure your …

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Week 4 – February 27th, 2024 Theme: 14 Fun & Interactive Presentation Games for Teams and Students

We all know that delivering engaging training means there need to be activities. Sometimes it …

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Week 1 – February 6th, 2024 Theme: A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Has a family or student ever asked about employment rights under the ADA? The ADA …

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Week 2 – February 13th, 2024 Theme: Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Have you heard of the Job Accommodations Network (JAN)? JAN’s website offers an elaborate index …

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Week 3 – February 20th, 2024 Theme: Prepare for Social Security Benefits

If you are asked about Social Security Income application guidelines, would you know where to …

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Week 4 – February 27th, 2024 Theme: Supplemental Security Income After Age 18

As you working with families who are developing transition IEPs with the school team? Families …

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Week 1 – March 5th, 2024 Theme: Dear Colleague Letter on Assistive Technology

The US Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter on January 22, 2024 on …

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Week 2 – March 12th, 2024 Theme: Myths and Facts Surrounding Assistive Technology Devices and Services

In January 2024, The US Department of Education released a document entitled Myths and Facts …

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Week 3 – March 19th, 2024 Theme: Accessible Educational Materials in the IEP

Ever wanted to understand the right questions to ask and how IDEA references relate to …

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Week 4 – March 26th, 2024 Theme: A Family’s Guide to Accessible Educational Materials

Do families you work with want to understand accessible educational materials (AEM) including assistive technology? …

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