Parent-Educator Connection - Great Prairie Area Education Agency

Parent-Educator Connection

The Parent & Educator Connection works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success for all children and youth with disabilities.

PEC coordinators work with parents, educators, and local school districts to provide PEC programs, services, and activities; they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs. Please call your PEC coordinator for more information about what the PEC can do for you.


Training Opportunities

Oct. 18, 2014: National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Groups Fall Chili Dump 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St, Room B, Burlington, Iowa Join us for food, Conversation & support!  For more information contact Terri 319-750-2220.

Oct.-Dec. 2014: Burlington IA, RESPECT  Training is a four-day curriculum designed to teach IEP team members, including parents, special educators, general educators, service providers, and administrators a number of skills to prevent conflict that can typically arise in IEP team meetings.  Participant meals and all materials will be provided, and stipends are available: Parent stipends ($50 a day) for those who have children in GPAEA & Educator stipends to defray the cost of substitute teachers (up to $100 per day) in GPAEA.  Credits are available: eacher re-licensure for $50 , 30 hours of social worker CEUs for $50 & 2 credits of graduate credit for $240.  For more information or to register go to www.mylearningplan.com or https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1592739 .

Oct.- Nov. 2014: NAMI Basics Education Series – Free, 16-hour education & support for people raising a child who has a mental illness (under 18 years old).  Saturdays, Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St, room B 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Call Tamee DeCoursey at 319-392-4016 for application.  Approved for foster parent training hours.

Nov. 10 & 11, 2014: Secondary Transition Family Planning for Educators and Parents, Ottumwa, IA.  This free two day workshop is intended to help teachers and parents learn how to assist parents in their understanding of the special education transition process in Iowa and how to participate effectively. Graduate and recertification credit is available.  To register go to <span style="line-height: 115%;" ,"serif";="" 9pt;"="">https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1652068

RESPECT Training Spring 2015: at Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 18 & March 4, 2015.  RESPECT Training is a FREE four-day curriculum designed to teach IEP team members, including parents, special educators, general educators, service providers, and administrators a number of skills to prevent conflict that can typically arise in IEP team meetings.  Participant meals and all materials will be provided, and stipends are available: Parent stipends ($50 a day) for those who have children in GPAEA & Educator stipends to defray the cost of substitute teachers (up to $100 per day) in GPAEA.  Credits are available: Teacher re-licensure for $50, 30 hours of social worker CEUs for $50 & 2 credits of graduate credit for $240.  Watch this site for more information.

Secondary Transition Family Planning for Educators and Parents Spring 2015: at Great Prairie AEA, Burlington, IA on April 8 & 9, 2015.  This FREE two day workshop is intended to help teachers and parents learn how to assist families in their understanding of the special education transition process in Iowa and how to participate effectively. Participant meals and all materials will be provided.  Graduate and recertification credit is available.  Watch this site for more information.

Every Tuesday: Parent Circle Groups meet at ISU Extension: 127 N. Main Mount Pleasant IA

2013/2014: Autism Training Opportunities offered by Great Prairie AEA 

 

Services

Parent & Educator Connection brochure

Materials or Information available from PEC staff:
Parent Support Groups:

The PEC Library contains many resource materials on special education and disabilities that parents and educators served by GPAEA may check out free of charge. GPAEA has two main offices one in Burlington and one in Ottumwa. Materials may be checked out from either office. Resource materials include: Videotapes, Books, Children's books, and IBI/Success 4 Kits.

 

Contact

Annette Clarahan
Parent Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517

annette.clarahan@gpaea.org

Districts Covered:  Albia, Cardinal, Centerville , Chariton, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg , Fairfield, Fremont, Keota, Maharishi, Moravia, Moulton - Udel, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa Christian, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Juvenile Shelter, Ottumwa Seton Catholic School, Pekin, Seymour, Sigourney, Tri County, Van Buren, Wayne.

 

Kelly Wallace                                                                                                                                                      Parent Educator Coordinator                                                                                                                               319-385-9005 or 800-382-8970 Ext. 3034                                                                                kelly.wallace@gpaea.org

Districts Covered: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Harmony, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.

 

Kim Kircher
Regional Director
319-753-6561 Ext. 2115 Burlington Office
kim.kirchner@gpaea.org

 

Related Links & Documents


Newsletters

Each and Every Child, Iowa Department of Education

Iowa COMPASS Newletter

 

Procedural Safeguards for Parents

Parents have rights, known as procedural safeguards, which apply to every aspect of the special education process. State and federal laws and regulations outline what needs to happen to ensure that children with identified disabilities and on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
 

 

 

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