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.
Jan-March 2015: RESPECT Training at Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa, IA, Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 28 & March 4, 2015. 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.
Secondary Transition Family Planning for Educators and Parents in Burlington April 8 & 9, 2015: at Great Prairie AEA, Burlington, IA. 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
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.
Parent Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517
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 email@example.com
Districts Covered: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Ft. Madison, Harmony, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, West Burlington, Winfield/Mt. Union.
Regional Special Education Director
319-753-6561 Ext. 2115 Burlington Office
Related Links & Documents
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).