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.
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.
Fall 2014: RESPECT Training in Burlington IA. RESPECT 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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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).