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

April 10, 2014 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Help at Home, Class for parents of children with Autism, Ottumwa

April 22, 2014 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Help at Home, Class for parents of children with Autism, Ft. Madison

April 10, 2014 Ottumwa Mental Health Services for Kids in Iowa.  The Iowa Department of Human Services has a planning grant to learn more about how to serve families.  Through that grant, the ASK Resource Center will hold meetings to learn about the needs of families and their youth with mental health needs. The meetings are being held in communities across the state, and are only for family members and youth.  At these events, you can share thoughts and ideas about how to make services better.  You will also have the chance to connect with other family members and youth.

Iowa School for the Deaf Summer Camps, deadline to register is April 30 for sports camp; and May 15 for other camps.

April 25-27, 2014: A Lifetime of Discovery Spring Family Conference, Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

May 3, 2014: Together We Can Effectively Advocate - FREE Statewide Family Conference for persons with disabilities, their families and the people who serve them.


June 23-24, 2014: 2014 Midwest Summer Institute, Cedar Falls, IA.  Audience: Individuals on the autism spectrum and others with developmental disabilities: friends, allies, families: educators, therapists and support providers.

September 26 & 27, 2014: Parents as Presenters.  The workshop will teach and demonstrate the skills you need to effectively share your story with college students and community providers. You will be learning and working with other students who have children with disabilities during the workshop. There will be no registration costs for attending the workshop. Participants will be selected through an application process. The applicants selected to attend the workshop will receive a stipend of $375.00 per family to assist with some of the expenses incurred by attending the workshop. For example: hotel, meals, costs for travel or childcare. Apply by June 2, 2014.

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.



Annette Clarahan
Parent Educator Coordinator
641-672-2546 Ext. 5517 Oskaloosa Office

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 Ext. 3034 Mt. Pleasant Office

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


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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