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Sara Kane
PEP Parent Partner


Liz Hooley
Resource Library &
Educator Coordinator



Deb Johnson
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.

2013 PEP Satisfaction Survey

2013 PEP Educator Feedback Survey


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

Watch for upcoming information.

PEP News Bulletins

PEP Resource Library


New and Newest PEP Resources on Executive Function Disorder and ADHD


See flyer for details on the above items added to the PEP Bibliography.


For information, contact Liz Hooley, GWAEA PEP Educator Partner, 319-399-6719.




Delivery System

The PEP Resource Library is located at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids. Books, audio tapes, videos, handouts, and brochures on a variety of topics can be used by all parents, educators, and any interested persons.


These materials can be obtained by calling the library or stopping at the agency. Van delivery through the schools can be utilized to receive and return checked out items. Parents may use the van delivery system. Materials may be sent to your child's classroom and sent home with your child. To return materials, place the items in the envelope you received them in, cross out your name and put the following on the outside of the envelope:



Send the envelope to school with your child and have the classroom teacher return it on the GWAEA van. If you have any questions about this procedure, please call the PEP Office, we'd love to answer any questions you might have.


Borrowing Policy

Once you have found the material(s) you want, contact the PEP Resource Library in writing, by telephone, or in person and leave your request with Liz Hooley. In the event she cannot be reached, leave your message on her voice mail or with the receptionist. Please be sure to leave a phone number where you can be reached and/or address.


The following guidelines are followed by the PEP Resource Library:

* Books may be borrowed for a period of three (3) weeks

* Audio tapes/Video tapes may be borrowed for two (weeks)

* All materials may be renewed if not requested by another person

* A reminder will be sent to you in regard to overdue material


Please note:

The PEP Resource Library serves the needs of a variety of families and professionals in the Grant Wood Area Education Agency boundaries. In order to serve everyone to the best of our ability, we rely on your consideration to have borrowed materials promptly returned. Thank you for your consideration. For questions, contact Liz Hooley, PEP Resource Library Specialist at 1-800-332-8488, or (319) 399-6719.


New Resources for Parents and Educators in the PEP Library

The PEP Resource Library has new resources for parents and educators.


  • SKI HI Total Communication DVD program, which includes from the older tape series lessons 1-30 on three DVDs. Lessons 31-60 are available on video tape only at this time. The PEP Resource Library continues to offer the complete video tape series, Lessons 1-60.

  • A new DVD (two disk set) on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has been donated to the  PEP Resource Library.


The PEP Resource Library has two new books for parents and educators who are preparing their student for life after high school. These transition materials would be useful for transition planning in the areas of living and earning.


The Job Developer’s Handbook-Practical Tactics for Customized Employment by Cary Griffin, David Hammis, and Tammara Geary


Let’s Cook-Healthy Meals for Independent Living by Elizabeth Riesz and Anne Kissack.


Wright’s Law: Special Education Law-Second Edition-Peter Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
This June 2008 printing of Wright’s Law: Special Education Law-Second Edition has this disclaimer, “The law is always changing. The information contained in this book is general information and may or may not reflect current legal developments.” (See full disclaimer on the publication page.)


To checkout any PEP Resource Library material, contact Liz Hooley, 319-399-6719 or email Material will be sent to you by Grant Wood AEA van mail to schools in the Grant Wood AEA service area or you can make alternative delivery arrangements with PEP.



The PEP Library maintains a bibliography of resources that is updated yearly. The following are available in Adobe PDF format. (PDF files on this website require Adobe™ Acrobat® Reader to view and print them.)

The 2013 Topics of Interest Bibliography

Assistive Technology
Disability Awareness
Early Childhood
Family Life

Parent Involvement

Planning for the Future
Professional Education Resources

Resources for Children and Youth
Self Determination
Special Education Issues
Students on IEPs in the General Education Classroom

The 2013 Specific Disability Bibliography

Behavior Disorders
Chronic Illness
Communication Disorders

Intellectual Disabilities

Learning Disability
Multiply Disabled
Physical Disability
Substance Abuse
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment

Success 4 Kits


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.

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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