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.
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
New Dates Available for RESPECT Training
Recognizing Everyone's Strengths by
Peace building, Empathizing , Communicating and Trust building
There are new dates available for RESPECT training sessions in Cedar Rapids. See flyer for details.
RESPECT is a four-day curriculum designed to teach IEP team members- including parents, educators, service providers and administrators - a number of skills to prevent conflict that can arise in IEP meetings.
Cedar Rapids RESPECT Training is available, free of charge, from 8am-4:30pm at the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee Club Room on the following dates:
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
(Please note these dates have been updated. Attendees are expected to attend all four sessions.)
To register for these sessions, call Ashley at ASK Resource Center at (515) 243-1713.
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:
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.
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
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
11/12/14 • 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Course #: 19148-14-0
Leading Innovative Change
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
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.