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

Sept. 4 & 5, 2014:  Brain Injury Alliance Conference in Decorah, IA.  Conference supporting those with brain injury and their families at the state, regional and local levels.  Connect with National, Regional and local experts as they review evidence based practices and promising practices for brain injury community services and supports. 

Sept. 9 & 10, 2014: Unlocking Our Potential.  Train the Trainer course for family and youth leaders as family/peer support providers.

Sept. 11, 2014: Putting the Pieces Together: Building of Improving your family/peer support provider program.  NAMI, Iowa City, IA.

Sept. 28, 2014: NAMI Mental Health Advocacy Training – Free, Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m., Iowa City.  Contact Tamee DeCoursey at 319-392-4016.  Also if interested in receiving free training for other NAMI programs.

Oct. 1 & 2, 2014: Mental Health Conference, Altoona, IA.  Stipends available to individuals and families living with mental illness, consumer advocacy groups and provider organizations. 

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 or .

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.

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 

2014/2015: Sign Language Classes:  Register by Sept. 12, 2014



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.



Annette Clarahan
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                                                                      


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


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).



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