Feb 18, 2021

Partnering with Families and Educators through COVID

As with any year, the Family and Educator Partnership (FEP) bridges the gap between families and schools to support both teams as they collaborate on common goals for each child. Parents may not know the ins and outs of the education system, however they do know when their child needs extra support.

With many parents concerned about their child's ever-changing educational environment in the past year, Grant Wood AEA's FEP team has had to adapt during the pandemic.

Family educator partner Sara Mohr Partnering with Families and Educators through COVID | Grant Wood A E A PRIDEshared"Even though how we are connecting with families, schools, and colleagues may look different this year, we are being creative and ensuring we continue to develop and sustain effective partnerships among families, educators, and community providers."

During the pandemic, Sara and fellow family educator partner Jen Cira-Debben have helped ensure that students are receiving all of their services and getting their needs met while learning virtually, hybrid, or in-person. They've also had to adapt their approach as students shifted from one learning format to another. "It has been challenging and required creative thinking," adds Sara, "however, it is also extremely rewarding to know we've been part of helping set a child up for success during such a trying time."

So far this year Sara and Jen have served families from 30 districts within the agency's service area.