Volume 14 Num 3 Jan. 2020
Family & Educator Partnership Newsletter
from Great Prairie Area Education Agency
Behavior Intervention Plan
Functional Behavior Assessment

Is your child having problem behavior at school? Behavior is often a form of communication. There is usually a purpose to behavior, though your child may not be able to describe it. The problem behavior may be the child’s way of getting their needs or wants met. Do you and the school understand why your child is showing problem behavior? There are different ways to help you and your child’s teachers understand the reason behind the behavior, which is often referred to as the function of the behavior. It is important to determine why behavior may be occurring as it might be impacting your child’s ability to learn. More information on these terms and a printable booklet can be accessed in the brochures linked below.
Click on the booklet to learn more about an IEP that includes services for behavior.  

Click on the booklet to learn more about a functional behavior assessment.
Are you interested in learning more about Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services? As an educator, would you like to know how to refer families and what services they can provide? Click here to watch a short video featuring Jaime Claywell-Herrera, IVRS Counselor, describing Voc Rehab's services available to all LEAs and identified students in Iowa.
Become a Trained Parent Mentor
Sign up to become a parent mentor at our free training in Des Moines on January 25! The goal of the Parents as Partners in Mentoring workshop is to develop a network of dedicated parent volunteers that provide support and expertise for families by giving them the skills and supports they need to help their child with a disability reach their full potential.

Des Moines
Dates : Saturday, January 25
Time : 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Location : DMACC Urban Campus Bldg 1, Room 101, 1100 7th St, Des Moines, IA 50314

RSVP at  www.askresource.org/events/parents-as-partners-in-mentoring-des-moines . This training is free, but registration is required. Lunch and training materials will be provided, and participation stipends are available!

2020 Iowa Peer Support & Family Peer Support Trainings

Prospective Peer and Family Peer Support Specialists can take advantage of these upcoming trainings to increase marketability, improve skills, and have a pulse on the mental health landscape in Iowa.

For an Overview of Changes to Graduation Requirements for Students in Special Education See the Documents or Video Below
For more information on the changes to graduation requirements for
students with IEP's please see the video above available at: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwDrRLmdhJkbFXfNdlxrGPhcjnM?projector=1

 The Iowa Family & Educator Partnership is committed to helping families and educators better understand the special education process. To do this, we offer printed and electronic materials on a variety of special education topics. Here you will find a list of some of those materials with suggested times for using them.

  • can be shared with initial meeting notices
  • can be shared wtih re-evaluation meeting notices
  • anytime a family or educator needs additional support or information

  • can be shared with suspicion of disability meeting notice
  • anytime a family or educator needs additional support understanding the child find process
  • Planning for Your Child's IEP Meeting
  • can be shared with re-evaluation meeting notices
  • anytime a family or educator needs additional support to prepare for an IEP meeting

  • Distributed with Procedural Safeguards
  • When there are changes in team members

  • Distributed with Procedural Safeguards
  • When there are changes in team members

All documents are available on the FEP page of the GPAEA website, under related documents or at https://www.gpaea.org/services/iowa-family-and-educator-partnership-fep/

Learn more about Family & Educator Partnership and access resources at
Great Prairie AEA | 800-622-0027 | www.gpaea.org