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Family Educator Partnership Project

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The Family Educator Partnership Project (FEPP) is funded by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Our purpose is to help create partnerships between families, educators and community agencies to support children and youth that need special education services. Family educator partnerships are changing the ways that families and educators work together to ensure educational success for children with disabilities.

Our Partnership Team Training promotes strong-shared leadership within a school district to bring a positive, proactive approach to planning services for children with disabilities. These teams commonly include parents, the special education director, teachers, para-educators, general education staff, community representative and others. This training is offered regionally.

The following examples highlight some of the initial activities of the partnership teams that have participated in the training.

Gather Information

Develop and distribute parent and staff surveys to gather information about current special education services and areas that need change or improvements

Interview general and special education staff about special education services

Learn about community resources that support school-to-work transitions for students with disabilities

Improve Communication

Develop resource packets for families of newly identified students with disabilities

Establish parent-mentors in each building to welcome families of newly identified and/or transfer students with disabilities

Promote including children with disabilities in diversity curricula and activities

Create a partnership website to link from the district homepage

Conduct Outreach

Sponsor a booth at community health fairs/school culture fairs

Organize and co-sponsor school-to-work transition fairs for families of students with disabilities

Promote and distribute the Family Educator Guide to families of students with disabilities

Write grants and secure funding for special projects especially to increase family involvement

Produce a newsletter as a recruitment and publicity tool

Promote Education

Sponsor speakers and/or training for families and educators: ADHD, Autism, IDEA (federal law) and WAC (state law) Training, Wills/Trusts, Family Educator Guide

Make presentations to school boards and school site councils about family educator partnerships and the needs of students with disabilities

Regularly sponsor informational speakers to help partners connect with community resources

Work with ESD to co-sponsor Leadership Training Series for families and educators in each of the regions

Improve Programs for Students with Disabilities

Share models of how the Essential Learning Requirements can be used in IEPs

Explore ways to support special education teachers

Help design new programs, including the Peer Buddy Program, Behavior Intervention Program, and Integrated Preschool

Develop School-to-Work Transition Objectives to include in IEPs of students with disabilities from age 14 to graduation

Establish an Inclusion Task Force

Sponsor sessions on improving study skills for families to support students with disabilities

Design strategies to support strong transitions from middle school to high school for children with disabilities