Welcome to a new school year filled with new beginnings and new opportunities! The Family and Educator Partnership is here to help you get off to a great start by providing materials to help improve family engagement in special education.
Research indicates family engagement can lead to higher grades and test scores, improved attendance and better behavior. And yet, most teachers share with us that they find it challenging to connect with families. Let us help!
We have assembled a file box for each building, filled with materials to help families understand and engage in the special education process. These will be distributed over the next month. We have recommended storing these resources in the room where IEP meetings are most commonly held. As questions or concerns come up with families, you will have the appropriate resource to share. Have a family questioning if a special education evaluation is the right path for their student? Share the Child Find document with them. Is a child new to services in the area of behavior? Share the Functional Behavior Assessment &/or Behavior Intervention Plan booklets with the family. Sending out a meeting notice? Include a copy of ‘What to Expect at an IEP Meeting’. Have a family who needs more resources or is having a difficult time understanding the special education process? Share the FEP brochure with the family so they can reach out to us. The resources in the box have limitless possibilities and you can find suggested uses on the chart also enclosed in the materials.
If you would like electronic copies of these documents please see the next page or visit the FEP website at https://www.gpaea.org/services/iowa-family-and-educator-partnership-fep/. Near the bottom of the page you will find a table with a link to each document. Electronic documents are great to attach to an email or download and print yourself.
We hope that you will find these materials helpful and continue to use them for years to come. Unfortunately, we are not able to keep up with all of the printing demands. If your school would like to order more please go to https://aeacreativeservices.org/. Once logged in you will click on ‘start your order’ near the top. In the ‘Search Products’ box type ‘FEP’. From there you should see a list of all of the family engagement materials.
We hope you will find these materials helpful. If we can be of any assistance to your team, please do not hesitate to contact us.