Family Educator Connection

Family Educator Connection – Connecting with Families and Educators

Providing information, support and encouragement to families and educators of children and young adults with disabilities. (From AEA 267 Web Site)


About the Family & Educator Connection:

The Family & Educator Connection is part of the Parent & Educator Connection, a statewide network of families and educators working together to serve children and young adults with special needs. Parent Coordinators and an Educator Coordinator staff the AEA 267 Family & Educator Connection. Parent Coordinators are parents of individuals who have disabilities. The Family & Educator Connection is designed to improve communication between parents and educators.

The Family & Educator Connection program serves anyone involved with a child who has special needs. This includes:

  • parents
  • grandparents
  • foster parents
  • caregivers
  • teachers
  • paraeducators
  • guidance counselors
  • school administrators
  • siblings (brothers and sisters)
  • community service providers


Parents, do you have unanswered questions about your child’s education or just need more information?
The Family & Educator Connection can answer your questions or provide you with assistance and information about your child’s special needs at home or at school. See the Parents link on the lower right hand corner of the AEA 267 home page or call Kim Spates at 319-273-8265.

Special Olympics of Iowa Fundraiser

This year’s Polar Plunge will be Saturday April 9th at George Wythe Park in Cedar Falls starting at noon. That day registration/check in will be from 10:45-11:45am onsite.

Last year River Hills raised over $3000 while $10,636 overall was raised.  Angie, a classroom associate, won the award for raising the most as in individual raising $1,400.  One of our students brothers, Rigby, won the best individual costume award.  River Hills also won several raffle prizes while including 20 participants along with several people there for emotional support!

If you would like to register go to and join out team which is Big D and the Powdered Donuts 2016 (named after former student Dallas) or you can donate there too.  There is a $75 fundraising minimum and for every $75 raised, your name will be entered into a raffle for the door prize drawing. If you have questions, please contact Laura Wallin at

The funds raised go to support Special Olympics.  Please consider joining us for a day of trying to stay warm while enjoying fun, food, music, and drawings with a post party immediately following the plunge. Hope you can come support this worthy cause!!