Keystone AEA Family Newsletter

Family & Educator Partnership Newsletter: Summer 2016

All About the IEP

When a child receives special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he or she must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This is a written document listing, among other things, the special educational services that the child will receive. The IEP is developed by a team that includes the child’s parents and school staff.

The IEP is an extremely important document in the educational lives of students with disabilities receiving special education under IDEA. Often times, the document and process can be a bit overwhelming for families. In an effort to help families become more familiar with the process, the Center for Parent Information Resources has developed a document that includes:

The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview
Find out fast what an IEP is, who writes it, and what it contains.

The IEP Team
A child’s IEP is developed by a team of individuals that includes key school staff and the child’s parents. Find out who’s required by law to serve on the team and what they might contribute to developing the IEP.

Contents of the IEP
A child’s IEP, by law, must contain specific information, including the special education and related services that he or she will receive.

When the IEP Team Meets
What goes on at an IEP team meeting? What does IDEA require? What types of considerations, discussions, and decisions must be made by the IEP team?

To view the entire document, please click here.

Planning for Successful Transitions Mini Conference

Saturday, June 11th, 8:30am-2pm

NICC Town Clock Center, Dubuque, Iowa

Youth, their families and the professionals who support them are invited to a free event filled with transition related information and resources. This conference is a partnership of ASK Resource Center, Keystone AEA, IFAPA and the Iowa Department of Education.

Information provided will include:

  • The Special Education transition process, including transition goals and IEP’s
  • Unique issues and resources available for transition age youth who are in the foster care system
  • Planning for life after high school: Family members will share experiences and lessons learned
  • Exploring and preparing for work as an adult and how families can help
  • Key information about education and employment options
  • Local contacts and resources!

Lunch will be provided. Foster parent credits are available. See below for the conference flyer. This event is free. Please register here.

Iowa's Special Education Symposium - June 13th and 14th

The special education summer symposium will offer opportunities to become informed on the implementation of effective strategies for specially designed instruction, hear from state leaders on statewide special education efforts anticipated in coming years; connect with special educators from across the state of Iowa; and hear from expert speakers on implementation of effective strategies and practices.

This year's symposiums will feature the following Keynote Speakers:

  • Don Deshler..Making SDI Truly Special
  • Todd Whitaker..Embracing Change
  • Tim Harris ..Life After Graduation

For more information about this year's Special Education Symposium, click here.

Summer Camps List 2016

Are you looking for summer opportunities for your child(ren)? Each year, ASK Resource Center puts together a list of Iowa summer camps. You can find this year’s list here: 2016 Summer Camp List

Keystone AEA Family & Educator Partnership

Since 1984, Keystone AEA's Family & Educator Partnership has worked to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities. The FEP has provided a unique opportunity for parents and educators to build partnerships to improve educational programs for children and young adults with special needs. Every AEA has a FEP program. Each program has an Educator Coordinator and a Parent Coordinator. FEP Coordinators work with parents and schools, they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs.