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. 31, 2015: 10:00-5:00 (Saturday) Parent Mentor Training Workshop at the Davenport Public Library, Eastern Ave. Branch. Family to Family Iowa's new Parents as Partners in Mentoring initiative is presenting its first parent mentor training workshop at the end of the month and is currently seeking parents of children with disabilities or special health needs to help build a statewide network of trained volunteer mentors. This day-long training workshop is available to parents at no cost. For more information or to schedule a workshop in your area, contact Paula Connolly, Family to Family Iowa Project Coordinator at ASK Resource Center:email@example.com or (515) 243-1713.
Feb. 4, 2015: 6:30pm-8pm David P. Wacker, Ph.D. & Alyssa N. Suess, Ed.S., BCBA of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Autism Center Presents: Understanding Autism: Practical Help for Parenting Children with Autism. “How to Change Challenging Behavior at Home Using Coaching through Telehealth”. The speakers will be available for a question and answer session immediately following the presentation. This workshop is free. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 319-467-5658.
March 3, 2015: Sharing Strategies, a free Behavior Workshop for Parents and Caregivers will be held March 3, 2015 6:00-9:00 pm, at the Keokuk High School, Media Center, 2285 Middle Rd, Keokuk IA. Participants will have the opportunity to learn a framework for ways to identify problem behaviors, strategies for how to respond to those behaviors and ideas about how to share knowledge with others who are working with your children. Each participant will receive a workbook from the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program that will be used in the workshop. Presented by, Mike Peters, Great Prairie AEA School Social Worker,Certified Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainer Registration is limited, to register please call Kelly Wallace at 800-382-8970 ext. 3034 or email email@example.com.
March 5, 2015: 6:30-8pm Susan Askeland, M.A. of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Autism Center Presents: Understanding Autism: Practical Help for Parenting Children with Autism “Understanding Your Child’s Unique Way of Thinking and Visual Strategies to Support this Thinking Style”. Each and every day parents, teachers and family members see the unique thinking style of children with ASD. In recent years information has centered on understanding this thinking style. In this presentation we will look at how Executive Functioning, Theory of Mind and Central Coherence skills impact thinking. These titles may sound daunting, but when understood clearly help us see why visual supports are so effective in helping individuals with ASD. Upon leaving, you will not only have a greater understanding of how your child sees the world (and why) but you will also walk out the door with tools ready to use. This workshop is free. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 319-467-5658.
April 8 & 9, 2015: Secondary Transition Family Planning for Educators and Parents in Burlington 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. To Enroll got to https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1692516
Driving Study at the University of Iowa involving individuals on the Autism spectrum between the ages of 151/2 and 29. We are in great need of participants. There is a stipend that the participants will receive. They must have a learners permit and must be able to visit the University 15 times over a 3 month period. If you have a child that needs additional driver's training please contact us.
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.
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).