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Jennifer Cira-Debban

PEP Educator Partner



Sara Kane
PEP Parent Partner



Elizabeth Steffensmeier
PEP Secretary


Jeanie Wade-Nagle

Early Education Supervisor




Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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



See flyer for details


2015-2016 Innovation in Education Workshops


Nov. 4, 2015

Dr. Russ Quaglia

"Student Voice and Choice"

Number: 19361-15-01


Dec. 2, 2015

Dean Shareski

"The Classroom of the Future: And Your Future Starts"

Number: 19362-15-01


Feb. 3, 2016

Aaron Maurer

"Makerspace Movement"

Number: 19368-15-01



See flyer for details



Cedar Rapids Educational Learning and
Support Center

2500 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405


I Hate to Write!

Writing affects both behavior and student achievement. Many reluctant writers have executive functioning differences in language, organization, sensory regulation, and motor control that make the act of writing very difficult. This session, led by an SLP and an OT, will provide educators with strategies to help reluctant writers increase academic achievement, reduce frustration during writing tasks, and become happy, successful writers.


Nov. 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.



Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 Sixth Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404




See flyer for details

Number: 19384-15-01


Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Reading Support Parents, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants

Registration Deadline: 10/30/2015 06:00 AM 


  • Total for non-credit $ 75

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


Phonics to Fluency to Proficient Reading: Helping All Student Achieve Competence in Reading


Dec. 15, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 Sixth Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Phonics and fluency in reading have been found to be key elements of any successful reading program (National Reading Panel).



See flyer for details

Despite their importance many students fail to achieve sufficiently in these areas and many teachers and specialists do not feel completely competent in their knowledge and teaching of these reading components. In this presentation, Dr. Tim Rasinski will provide theoretical and research background and definition to phonics and fluency. He will share approaches to assessing and monitoring progress in these key aspects of reading. Finally, he will share effective and engaging strategies for teaching these all-important reading components that will move students toward better comprehension and greater proficiency in reading.


Number: 19385-15-01


Audience: K-8 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Support, Psychologists, Consultants


Registration Deadline: 12/1/2015 06:00 AM 


  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $65; Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $90

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

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 school or GWAEA user name and password.

  • Parents: For first time parent users call the media center at 319-399-6754 or PEP at 319-399-6849 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 PEP at 319-399-6849.


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.


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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