Iowa Family & Educator Partnership

Volume 16 Num 2 Nov. 2021

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Welcome to a new school year filled with new beginnings and new opportunities! The Family and Educator Partnership is here to help you get off to a great start by providing materials to help improve family engagement in special education.

Research indicates family engagement can lead to higher grades and test scores, improved attendance and better behavior. And yet, most teachers share with us that they find it challenging to connect with families. Let us help!

We have assembled a file box for each building, filled with materials to help families understand and engage in the special education process. These were distributed over the last month. We have recommended storing these resources in the room where IEP meetings are most commonly held. As questions or concerns come up with families, you will have the appropriate resource to share. Have a family questioning if a special education evaluation is the right path for their student? Share the Child Find document with them. Is a child new to services in the area of behavior? Share the Functional Behavior Assessment &/or Behavior Intervention Plan booklets with the family. Sending out a meeting notice? Include a copy of ‘What to Expect at an IEP Meeting’. Have a family who needs more resources or is having a difficult time understanding the special education process? Share the FEP brochure with the family so they can reach out to us. The resources in the box have limitless possibilities and you can find suggested uses on the chart also enclosed in the materials.

If you would like electronic copies of these documents please see the next page or visit the FEP website at Near the bottom of the page you will find a table with a link to each document. Electronic documents are great to attach to an email or download and print yourself.

We hope that you will use these materials to help families be more engaged and continue to use them for years to come. Unfortunately, we are not able to keep up with all of the printing demands. If your school would like to order more please go to Once logged in you will click on ‘GPAEA Area Products' there you will see an icon for the 'Family & Educator Partnership'. From there you will find a list of all of the family engagement materials available.

We hope you will find these materials helpful. If we can be of any assistance to your team, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Annette Clarahan, 800-622-0027 ext. 5517,

Kelly Wallace, 800-382-0027 ext. 3034,

Pie Timers for Parents

Does your child struggle with changing activities? Visual timers are ideal in assisting with transitions which can be especially difficult for children with disabilities. Would you like more information on how to make and use a Pie Timer? Click on this link to watch a short video that will help you learn how to make and use your own pie timer.

I3 IDEA Information

For more information on Special Education guidance, resources and procedures, please visit the i3 IDEA Information website.

ASK Resources Webinars

ASK an Expert: Classroom Clears and Therapeutic Classrooms –

Legal Requirements in Iowa

11/13/21 | 12pm - 1pm

Join ASK Resource Center with Nathan Kirstein from Disability Rights Iowa (DRI) and Len Sandler from University of Iowa Law School (UI) as they unpack what families should know and understand about the legal requirements required for schools regarding Classroom Clears and Therapeutic Classrooms. Len and Nathan will answer questions from families.

Register here:

ASK an Expert: Removed from the Classroom -
Legal Rights of Student's on IEP's

11/22/21 | 12pm - 1pm

Nathan from Disability Rights Iowa (DRI) will share what are the rights of students on IEP's that are removed from the classroom. He will provide what are the legal rights for IEP students on shortened days along with suspension and expulsion.

Register Here:

Easterseals Iowa has funding for assistive technology

Available for Iowans with disabilities 18 yrs+ and older Iowans

In collaboration with the Iowa Department of Aging, Easterseals Iowa is offering funding to Iowans who need assistive technology (AT). The funding is available for Iowans with disabilities over the age of 18, or for Iowans over the age of 60. The AT devices must help an individual:

· increase their independence in activities of daily living,

· remain in their home, and/or

· have access to the community.

The assistive technology devices will remain the property of Easterseals Iowa, but can be used as long as a person needs them. Easterseals team members are available to assist with identifying assistive technology solutions.

Funds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. There is a $750 limit per person.

An application is required:

· Equipment Services Application (fillable pdf)

· Expanded Assistive Technology Grant Program (overview)

· Lending Library Grant Application (fillable pdf)

The project is funded through COVID-19 Coronavirus Relief Funds and monitored by the Iowa Department of Aging.

For questions, get in touch with Tracy Keninger at

Great Prairie Area Education Agency works as an educational partner with public and accredited, nonpublic schools to help students, school staff, parents and communities. Great Prairie AEA provides professional development and leadership to promote school improvement, a variety of instructional services, special education support services, and technology and media services. It is the policy of the Great Prairie Education Agency not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Greg Manske, 3601 West Avenue, Burlington, IA 52601, (319) 753-6561 x1217, (employment practices) or Dr. Angelisa Fynaardt, 2814 N. Court Road, Ottumwa, IA 52501, (641) 682-8591 x5311, (educational programs).