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

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 kelly.wallace@gpaea.org.

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: mary-roberts-1@uiowa.edu 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

April 20, 2015: 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Behavior doctor, Dr. Laura Riffel, is coming to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center for a FREE behavior training on Positive Interventions and Effective Strategies for Parents.  This session will cover; Overview of Positive Behavior Supports, Increase appropriate behavior by 80% just by doing ONE thing, Sticking with it! Learn the magic formula for how long to stick with an intervention, Learn Interventions you can take back and use tomorrow, at home, The best sentence to use when you are calling the school, to ask them to sit down and talk about a behavior, Main components of Applied Behavior Analysis, Maximizing proactive strategies rather than reactive actions with a Question & Answer Session to Follow.  To register please go to bit.ly/PECBehaviorDr .  

April 21, 2015: 8:30 - 4:00 p.m. The Behavior Doctor, Dr. Laura Riffel, is coming to the Fairfield Arts and Convention center to present a FREE behavior training on Positive Intervention and Effective Strategies for Classroom Management.  This session will cover; Learn skills for basing interventions on the function of behavior rather than the emotional reactions, Step-by-step instructions for implementing the use of interventions including primary (classroom), secondary (targeted groups) and tertiary (intensive individual), - Rewiring the Hardwire: Proven steps for overriding the reactive behavior of adults, Discover interventions that leave children with no chance to argue, Proactive strategies and research based methods that increase applied behavior analysis and a continuum of supports for children with target behaviors.  To register go to  bit.ly/PECBehaviorDr .

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.  

Transition Clinic For teens 12 years of age or older.  We will work together to develop action plan based on family goals to promote teen’s independence, develop  portable medical summary, collaborate with education/work transition plans, discuss future plans, activities of daily living and physical activity, guardianship and living arrangements, health insurance coverage, life in the community after high school, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, relationships and sexuality.  Clinic visit with the healthcare transition team that may include: Social Worker, Nurse Physician/Nurse Practitioner and/or Employment Specialist.  An order/referral from a physician is not needed.  Center for Disabilities & Development 877-686-0031 or 319-353-6900 or cddscheduling@uiowa.edu www.uichildrens.org/cdd

Every Tuesday: Parent Circle Groups meet at ISU Extension: 127 N. Main Mount Pleasant IA 

2015 Transition Mini2015 Mini---Conference SeriesConference Series; March 28 Davenport Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 5202 Brady StApril 18 Council Bluffs Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College RdMay 16 Cedar Rapids Human Services Campus, 317 7th Ave SEJune 13 Waterloo Clarion Inn University Plaza, 5826 University AveREGISTER ONLINE!  www.ifapa.org/events/special-event-registration-form.asp 

 

Services

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.

 

Contact

Annette Clarahan
Parent Educator Coordinator
641-682-8591 or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5517

annette.clarahan@gpaea.org

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    
                                                                            kelly.wallace@gpaea.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.

 

Kim Kirchner
Regional Special Education Director
319-753-6561 Ext. 2115 Burlington Office

kim.kirchner@gpaea.org

 

Related Links & Documents


Newsletters

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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