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Sara Kane
PEP Parent Partner


Liz Hooley
Resource Library &
Educator Coordinator



Erlene Spicer
PEP Secretary


Jeanie Wade-Nagle

Early Education Supervisor




Parent-Educator Partnership Program (PEP)

What is the Parent-Educator Partnership Program (PEP)?

The Grant Wood AEA Parent-Educator Partnership (PEP) links families and educators for better understanding and communication. As part of a statewide Parent-Educator network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; a newsletter; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; a speakers' bureau; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.


Information and Resources


Parent-Educator Partnership brochure


A Parent's Guide: Instructional Decision Making and the Student


Individual Education Plan (IEP) Is About Using A Team to


Make a Specific Plan to Help Your Child Succeed in School


What is an IEP?


Parent Involvement in Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Plan (IEP)


ASK Family Resource Center



Parent Rights and Responsibilities

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages Birth-3

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 3-21

PEP Transition Guide

Transition Support Services


Useful Tools to Help in Preparation for School Meetings

Positive Student Profile.doc

4 Lists Form.doc

Conferences and Workshops

Grant Wood AEA Parent-Educator Partnership

Parents as Presenters Workshops (Cancelled)

Parents of children with special needs are invited to particpate in the
Grant Wood AEA PEP Program's Parents as Presenters Workshop.



Saturday, April 25, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Day 1: Learning to tell your story


Saturday, May 2, 2015
9:00 -11:00 a.m.

Day 2: Practice telling your story



Grant Wood AEA , 4401 Sixth St. S.W.,
Cedar Rapids


Please register by Monday, April 13. The training will be offered for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 25 registrants.


See the attached flyer for details and registration information.



See flyer for details


2015 Parent/Student Transition Night

April 30, 2015, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids


This workshop will provide valuable information to parents and professionals about the transition process for middle and high school students who receive special education services. There will be speakers, breakout sessions, and informational booths for parents and professionals to learn a wide variety of services in the area of living, learning and working.


New this year....a student/teacher/parent panel, " If You Only Knew!"


Visit Grant Wood AEA Professional Development to register for Number 19052-14-01.




See flyer for registration information


PEP News Bulletins

New PEP Library Books for Teachers and Parents

New Materials in the PEP Resource Library-Now a Part of the GWAEA Media Collection


To access the PEP Library on-line:

  • Click on Media Center Catalog and enter PEP Library in the search or choose PEP Library from the pull down menu.

  • You will see the PEP Library resources available for checkout.

  • Make your selection and the client name and password: Educators use their school or GWAEA user name and password

  • Parents: For first time parent users call the media center at 319-399-6754 or Liz Hooley at 319-399-6719 to sign up for a PEP Library Card. Once you have the card, select you resource and enter your client name and the parent password which is Partnership.

  • The materials will be sent to your child’s school or other arrangements can be made to pick them up if you call Liz Hooley-319-399-6719.

New in the PEP Resource Library (posted Oct. 22, 2014)

Can I Tell You About Cerebral Palsy? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals
By Marion Stanton

This book’s narrator is a girl, Sophie, who has cerebral palsy. Sophie gives readers information about cerebral palsy from her perspective. Sophie helps readers understand her use of a wheelchair for independence in getting around and assistive technology for communication. She talks about her friends who have different forms of cerebral palsy and Sophie talks about the difficulties she experiences by having cerebral palsy but also the supports she has that help her lead a full and happy life.


Babies with Down Syndrome-A New Parent’s Guide (English)
Bebe’s con Sindrome de Down-Nueva Guia Para Padres (Spanish)
Edited by Susan J. Skallerup

These are the newest editions of this popular guide for parents. These books have been revised and updated to make a complete roadmap to every aspect of the child’s with Down syndrome health and wellbeing from birth to age 5.


Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome-A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges
By Dennis McGuire, Ph.D. and Brian Chicoine, M. D.

This guide provides parents, teachers, mental health providers, and caregivers keys to understanding how to promote mental wellness and resolve psychosocial problems in people with Down syndrome. The first sections of the books offers knowledge and insight into typical emotional and behavioral traits of teens and adults with Down syndrome such as: Community and Family Support, Memory Strengths and Deficits, Self-Esteem and Self-Image, Lifespan, and more.
The second section is on mental illness and includes chapters on: Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Alzheimer Disease, AD/HD and other Impulse Control Issues, and more.


Moving Our-A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities
By Dafna Krouk-Gordon and Barbara D. Jackins

The guide, full of checklists and forms, help families, professionals, and advocates make educated decisions about housing and making the right residential decision for adults with intellectual disabilities. Topics covered in this guide are: Planning early, Residential models, DIY or hire an agency, Cost and funding, Hiring staff, Group living, Legal ownerships, and more.


Managing My Money-Banking and Budgeting Basics
By Natalie Hale

Managing My Money is a workbook that teaches banking and budgeting basics to teens and adults who can use a calculator and have prerequisite math and handwriting skills at the first grade level or higher. This specially designed book is to be used with the student and parent or teacher side by side. It includes a CD Rom to print out additional forms.


Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders-A Professional’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing Issues, Supporting Sexuality, and Responding to Inappropriate Behaviors.
By Davida Hartman

This book covers important issues of gender, public and private, puberty, hygiene, emotions, sex and more, and assists professionals in developing their own individualized curricula that supports the student’s developing sexuality while also addressing crucial issues of safety. Each topic provides an overview of the difficulties that children with autism might experience, discussion and activity ideas, and resources for photocopying.


Sexuality and Severe Autism-A Practical Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Health Educators
By Kate E. Reynolds

This practical handbook guides you through the process of teaching about sex and sexuality and just questions as: Why is it necessary to teach this to my child with severe autism? How detailed and explicit should I be? What methods are most appropriate? The handbook address make and female issues separately and covers public and private sexual behaviors, sexual abuse, cross-gender teacher and liaising with school, and physical changes and menstruation.


PEP can contribute to partnership building in a variety of ways. These handouts in PDF (portable document format) explain the ways in which PEP can support partnership efforts.


PEP Handouts

What PEP Has to Offer

Things that contribute to PEP's Partnership efforts

Professional Development Opportunities for Parents

1. Click on Professional Development in the blue margins at the top right of the page.
2. Then click on Courses & Workshops.
3. Read who is listed under Audience and look to see if Parents are included.
4. If Parents are listed, then pursue registering electronically or phone PEP at 319-399-6702 to receive a hard copy of the registration form.
5. Scholarships may be available. Call PEP if a scholarship is needed.
6. Registering in advance is necessary.


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Leading Innovative Change
Couros, Wilson

3/04/15 • 1-3:30 p.m.

Course #: 19288-14-01


Standards-Based Grading Conference 2015


3/30/15 • 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Course #: 19272-14-01


Cognitive Strategies for High Functioning Autism & Asperger’s Disorders

Beem, Askeland

3/31/15 – 5/05/15 • 5-8 p.m. • R, M, PR

Course #: 4274-14-02


Technology Integration Strategies to Enhance Learning

Rogers, Behmer, Goslinga, Wylie

4/01/15 – 4/29/15 • 6-9 p.m. • R, D-EDEX, PR, SAR

Course #: 4612-14-02


Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference


4/21/15 • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Course #: 19018-14-01


Scholarships may be available. Call PEP if a scholarship is needed at 319-399-6702.

Starting Support Groups

PEP maintains a listing of local support groups in Area 10. PEP will also assist anyone who wants to start a group, whether that be a disability-specific group or a school-based group of families or families and school staff wanting to come together for information and support. Contact PEP if you'd like help in launching your group.


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488. Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457
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