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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

RESPECT Training

Recognizing Everyone's Strengths by
Peace building, Empathizing , Communicating and Trust building


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. Participants learn to meaningfully resolve differences that arise in ways that build, grow, and preserve relationships. Each session builds on the skills and concepts learned to teach IEP team members how to resolve differences early on, and strengthen working relationships between families and schools. Participants become more comfortable and proficient with conflict resolution at early stages.

The training days are spread out to allow participants time to absorb the material they have learned, complete brief assignments, practice skills and reflect on their practice. Participants are expected to attend all four sessions.

RESPECT Training is FREE of charge. Participant meals and all materials will be provided, and stipends are available:
Parent stipends ($50 per day)
Educator stipends to defray the cost of substitute teachers (up to $100 per day)
Information regarding graduate credit will be announced soon.

Cedar Rapids RESPECT Training
Participants are expected to attend all four sessions. See flyer for details.

HyVee Club Room
20 Wilson Avenue
Cedar Rapids

Each session is from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the Cedar Rapids Training

PEP News Bulletins

PEP Resource Library

The PEP Resource Library has relocated to the Grant Wood AEA Media Center, 4401 Sixth St., S.W.,
in Cedar Rapids.


To checkout any PEP Resource Library material, contact Liz Hooley, 319-399-6719 or email Materials 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.


New books on executive function disorder:

The Everything: Parent’s Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder-Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, focus, and organization needed to succeed in school and life.
By Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D.

This hands-on guide will help parents and educators help children and students improve their executive functions including: Task Initiation; Response inhibition; Focus; Time management; Working memory; Flexibility; Self-regulation; Completing tasks; Organization


Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD, and Executive Function Deficits-A Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents.  Second Edition
By Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S.

The second edition update of this book contains the latest research findings, information on medication, academic and behavioral interventions, and changes to special education law. The book includes 81 concise summaries and annotated checklist for easy consumption on a wide range of topics and concerns that effect students with ADD, ADHD, and Executive Function Disorder.


Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits
By Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

This practical manual presents an evidence-based coaching model for helping students whose academic performance is suffering due to deficits in executive skills including time and task management, planning, organization, impulse control, and emotional regulation. More than three dozen reproducible assessment tools, forms, and handouts are features.


Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom-A Practical Guide for Educators
By Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Margaret Foster

This practical guide offers a wealth of proven strategies to help students with Executive Function (EF) challenges. Rooted in solid research and classroom experience, the book is organized to help teachers negotiate the challenges they face every day. The book includes: Strategies and tools, reproducible forms and handouts, shows how to create an “EF” smart classroom, template for planning and monitoring interventions.


For Students:

Train Your Brain for Success-A Teenager’s Guide to Executive Functions
By Randy Kulman, Ph.D

This easy-to-read self-improvement guide for adolescents who have trouble with organization, attention, focus, memory, time management should help the teenager and the parent work on executive skills that are critical for school and life success.


Get Organize Without Losing It
By Janet S. Fox

This book is written for elementary and middle school students who need strategies to help them learn how to manage their backpack, locker, long-term projects, time, distractions, memory, and more. It’s a quick and easy read with plenty of cartoon illustrations and mini-lists to keep the student engaged with the book and willing to try the strategies.


Books for Preteens, Teens, and Their Parents and Educators

The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up-Choices and Changes in the Tween Years
By Terri Couwenhoven, M. S.
This book is for tween girls, with or without disabilities, who are ready to learn about the changes brought on by puberty. The explanations and illustrations are concrete, specific, and easy to understand. Girls will learn about their changing bodies and moods, how to feel their best, and privacy and safety.


The Boys’ Guide to Growing Up-Choices and Changes During Puberty
By Terri Couwenhoven, M.S.

This book is specifically designed to help boys with developmental disabilities and/or boys who struggle with reading comprehension and/or social cues. The reading level is targeted to a third-grade reading level; there are clear illustrations to emphasize the written information; and the focus is narrowed the body changes during puberty and how to handle them; the language is simple and when appropriate slang terms are added in parentheses.


Coping with Cliques-A Workbook to Help Girls Deal with Gossip, Put-Downs, Bullying, and Other Mean Behavior
By Susan Sprague

This workbook will help tweens and teens deal with cliques, teasing, and gossip, and show girls how to avoid getting caught up in this hurtful pattern of behavior. This book also includes key strategies for sticking up for oneself, maintaining self-esteem, and finding good friends, and a safe presence on-line.


The Social Success Workbook for Teens-Skill-building activities for Teens with Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Other Social-Skill Problems
By Barbara Cooper, MPS and Nancy Widdows, M.S.

This workbook helps student with social skills deficits understand that making friends is a skill like any other-there are rules to follow, ways to measure progress, and reasons why some people are better at it than others. This workbook includes forty Activities educators and/or parents can do with their teens to help them recognize and use their strengths to improve their social skills while learning to understand the unspoken rules behind how people relate to each other.


The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens-Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress
By Gina M. Biegel, M.A, LMFT

Up to 70% of teens say they’re stressed out. The workbook is a collection of thirty-seven simple activities that will teach teens to reduce their worries using a technique called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to teens to be aware of their thoughts and feelings in the present moment. The technique will help teens develop their own inner strength and resilience.


The Anxiety Workbook for Teens-Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry
By Lisa M. Schab, LSCW

This workbook for teens will show teens how to deal with the day-to-day challenges of anxiety. The simple activities in this workbook will help teens develop a positive self-image, learn to recognize anxious thoughts, and resources for seeking additional help and support.


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

Brain Function in the school setting and Effective classroom strategies

Moravec, Ries

10/22/14 • 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Course #: 19275-14-0


Habits of Mind: Preparing Students for Success


10/28/14 – 11/25/14 • 5:30-8:30 p.m. • R, D-EDEX, SAR

Course #: 3058-14-02


Star Autism Program Training

To Be Determined, Kemmerer

10/29/14 – 12/08/14 • 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. • R, D-EDEX, M, PR

Course #: 4549-14-01


Understanding and Supporting Grieving Children and Teens


11/01/14 – 11/15/14 • 8 a.m. -4 p.m. • R

Course #: 4343-14-03


School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports - Tier 1 in Review

Beener, Andres

11/12/14 • 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Course #: 19148-14-0


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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