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Jennifer Cira-Debban

FEP Educator Partner



Sara Kane
FEP Parent Partner



Elizabeth Steffensmeier
FEP Secretary


Jeanie Wade-Nagle

Early Education Supervisor




Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Family & Educator Partnership (FEP)

What FEP?

The Grant Wood AEA Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities.

FEP links families and educators for better understanding and communication. As part of a statewide network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; a speakers' bureau; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.

Information and Resources

- Family & Educator Partnership brochure

- Iowa Department of Education - Family & Educator Partnership


- 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

FEP Transition Guide

Transition Support Services


Useful Tools to Help in Preparation for School Meetings

Positive Student Profile.doc

4 Lists Form.doc

New FEP Library Books for Teachers and Parents

New Materials in the FEP Resource Library-Now a Part of the GWAEA Media Collection


To access the FEP Library on-line:

  • Click on Media Center Catalog and enter FEP (PEP Library) in the search or choose PEP Library from the pull down menu.

  • You will see the FEP 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 FEP at 319-399-6849 to sign up for a FEP 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.

- What FEP Has to Offer

- Things that contribute to FEP'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 FEP if a scholarship is needed.
6. Registering in advance is necessary.


Scholarships may be available. Call FEP if a scholarship is needed at 319-399-6702.

Starting Support Groups

FEP maintains a listing of local support groups in the Grant Wood AEA service area. FEP 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 FEP 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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