Family & Educator Connection
- Sandy Kraschel, Clear Lake Office
- April Wooldridge, Marshalltown Office
- Kim Spates, Cedar Falls Office
About the Family & Educator Connection
Providing information, support and encouragement to families and educators of children and young adults with disabilities.
The Family & Educator Connection is part of the Parent & Educator Connection, a statewide network of families and educators working together to serve children and young adults with special needs. Parent Coordinators and an Educator Coordinator staff the AEA 267 Family & Educator Connection. Parent Coordinators are parents of individuals who have disabilities. The Family & Educator Connection is designed to improve communication between parents and educators.
The Family & Educator Connection program serves anyone involved with a child who has special needs. This includes:
- foster parents
- guidance counselors
- school administrators
- siblings (brothers and sisters)
- community service providers
Parents, do you have unanswered questions about your child's education or just need more information?
The Family & Educator Connection can answer your questions or provide you with assistance and information about your child's special needs at home or at school.
We offer support in the following ways:
Books, audio and videotapes, fact sheets and other resource materials are available for loan. Topics include information on various disabilities, parenting, behavioral management and educational issues. The FEC library is available to anyone within the AEA 267 region.
Support and Encouragement
The Family & Educator Connection helps parents and educators by:
- Answering questions by phone, e-mail, mail, or in person.
- Providing information about where to find resources and services in the community.
- Helping parents and teachers work together.
Support of the IFSP & IEP Process
Family & Educator Connection supports home-school communication in a variety of ways, including providing support to educators and families so they can more effectively participate in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process. We might help by:
- Explaining the IFSP/IEP process.
- Reviewing procedural safeguards.
- Helping parents organize their thoughts in preparation for a meeting.
- Attending IFSP/IEP or other school meetings after being asked by the local school, AEA staff or parents.
The Family & Educator Connection (FEC) places special emphasis on the important transition stages in a child’s education. The FEC may support the transition planning process by:
- Helping a family develop a vision for the student's future.
- Providing workshops on transition related topics.
- Sharing information about community resources.
- Collaborating with other agencies on transition related issues.
Area Support Groups
The Family & Educator Connection can help with the organization of new support groups or assist with the publicity for support group activities.
Workshops and Conferences
The Family & Educator Connection can provide or arrange for specific topic workshops for parents, educators and organizations in the community. Topics may include presentations regarding specific disabilities, parent engagement, home/school communication, resources available in the community and information on financial assistance programs.