Volume 15 Num 1 Sept. 2020
Iowa Family & Educator Partnership Newsletter
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IA Family & Educator Partnership and access resources at
The Iowa Department of Education, AEAs, and districts have developed the Iowa IDEA Information (i3) website to provide parents, families, educators, and partner agencies with a one-stop-shop for procedures, guidance, and resources for both early intervention and special education. To access these additional resources, please visit the Resources page within i3 by clicking here https://iowaideainformation.org/
Have you been invited to attend an IEP meeting via Zoom?
Are you unsure how to use Zoom?
Hybrid/Virtual Learning
Understanding and Documenting
IEP Team Decisions

The Coronavirus has affected every area of society, including education. This disruption exposed the need for the education system to anticipate a significant interruption of services and be prepared to continue educational services if disrupted in the future.

In order to support changes in the delivery of services so that educational services are not disrupted in the future, IEP teams need to discuss and decide what services and supports a student will need in a variety of delivery models. As families and educators, you will be included in those decisions.

Iowa schools are currently planning for three possible models: on-site (brick and mortar), hybrid, and virtual learning. Virtual learning includes services that are provided through technology such as online, telephone, or hard copy materials/packets. Hybrid learning refers to educational services that are provided as a combination of virtual learning and on-site learning.

While the services listed on page (pg F) will remain the same during on-site (brick and mortar), changes during the period of virtual/hybrid learning will be documented and recorded in the IEP on the additional information page (pg. I). As IEP teams are working to develop and document virtual/hybrid learning plans for students, the following questions will assist families and educators in planning. 

Describe the General Education services and settings for virtual/hybrid learning.
• What are the student’s peers engaged in and receiving for universal general education?

What Accessibility needs are unique to the student for virtual/hybrid learning?
• Description of the services, supports, and activities provided and student access in a virtual/hybrid setting.
• How can a child attend school as provided by the district (virtual/hybrid)?
• Describe the student’s ability to access online/virtual platforms?
• If partial accessibility is available, what can be provided to supplement the rest?

What other needs of the student are unique to the virtual/hybrid setting and his/her/their individual circumstances?
• Describe the needs of the child.
• How are the needs of the child different if/when we move to a virtual setting?
• How will the accommodations and modifications this child is receiving change if/when we move to a virtual setting?

How will Services on the services page (pg. F) be prioritized, adapted, and delivered to the student to make progress in virtual/hybrid learning? What, if any, services will not be delivered in virtual/hybrid learning?
• Describe what services will be provided to the child to make progress in a virtual/hybrid setting.
• What changes in services, supports, and activities will occur during hybrid/virtual learning (e.g., frequency, duration, goal areas)?
• What additions or modifications to the special education and related services are needed to enable this child to meet the IEP goals and to participate, as appropriate, in the general education curriculum during hybrid/virtual learning?
• What services will be provided for this student to make progress in hybrid/virtual learning?
• What supports will this student need to make progress?
• What supports will parents/caregivers need?

What Goals are prioritized by the IEP team and how will Progress Monitoring for these goals be adapted for a virtual/hybrid setting?
• Discussion of goals (baseline, goal, and progress monitoring) for each goal on the IEP
• Are there adjustments in progress monitoring that need to be considered?
Consider other questions as relevant to the unique circumstances of the individual.

Remember, as we continue through this pandemic, the services page (pg F) will continue to reflect the services and activities that will be provided to the individual student on-site (brick and mortar). The additional information page (pg I), will reflect the learning plans to support the student in both a virtual and hybrid learning settings.
"ASK an Expert" Webinar Series
Regarding FAQs on Return 2 Learn with Dr. Barb Guy, Iowa Dept. of Education's Special Education Director, is now available on the ASK Resources YouTube Channel
During the session, Dr. Barb Guy will provide an overview of Return 2 Learn concepts and guidance, orient the audience to the department's Return 2 Learn resources, and provide answers to some of the questions families most frequently contact the ASK an Advocate Helpline regarding Return 2 Learn.
During this learning session, Dr. Barb Guy, Iowa Department of Education's Director of Special Education and Thomas Mayes, Iowa Department of Education's Special Education Attorney, answered some of the questions families most frequently contact the ASK an Advocate Helpline regarding Return 2 Learn.

Access. Empowerment. Acceptance for All
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Zoom Virtual Parent Cafe  
Tues, September 22, 2020: 9:00-11:00AM

Simply click this link to register and the zoom link will be sent to your email.

Now more than ever parents are recognizing that It Takes A Village to build strong families! We welcome you (from the comfort of your own home) to make connections, share your wisdom & enjoy great conversation about the victories and challenges of raising a family.

Parent Cafés are an introduction and reminder to families of the 5 Protective Factors that build strong families.  Cafes are structured conversations that create peer to peer learning experiences where parents share in conversations what they already know about building a strong family and practice listening to each other with the intent to learn a new way to keep their family strong. We bring together a variety of families to create rich conversations, build social connections and community connections. Participants leave Parent Cafés feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they’ve learned.
Understanding Special Education
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. Click on the documents below to learn more about them.
These bookmarks share shortcuts to locate information in the IEP/ IFSP. The reverse side provides space to list team members contact information.
This brochure will help explain FEP supports and services available to families & educators through the IA Family & Educator Partnership.
This document will help families prepare for an IEP meeting. It offers guidance on what to expect before, during and after the meeting.
Functional Behavior Assessment A Functional Behavior Assessment is a way to help you and the school understand why your child is showing problem behavior. This brochure will help you understand that process.
A Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is designed to increase (reinforce) positive behaviors and decrease problem behaviors. This brochure will help you understand how and why a BIP is developed for some students. 
Child Find is the process used to determine if a child needs special education services and supports. This brochure will help you understand the what, how, when and more in reguards to the child find process.
All of these documents and more are also available at:
RESPECT Training 
GPAEA Spring of 2021

RESPECT is a free, four-day workshop focused on training participants in relationship building and conflict resolution. The skills and strategies taught at this training workshop can be applied universally when addressing professional and personal conflict. 

This training is offered at no cost, but registration is required. All training materials will be provided. Stipends are available upon request to offset the cost of travel and other expenses associated with attending the training; $50 per day parent stipends paid directly to parents, and $100 per day educator stipends are paid directly to your district. 

When registration and specific details are available, they will be found 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