Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Special Education Consultants

The Special Education Consultant Department members collaborate with school districts and families to provide the following services:

  • Support/Coach LEA special education teachers in improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities
  • Advocate for students with disabilities and families of students with disabilities to ensure that their needs are being met
  • Assist teachers in collecting and analyzing intervention data for the purpose of identifying students who might be suspected of having a disability
  • Collaborate with AEA/ LEA partners and families in the determination of eligibility for special education services
  • Support/Coach LEA special education teachers and AEA staff in using evidence based practices to ensure appropriate services to students 
  • Assist families, schools, and organizations in making connections to appropriate services and agencies
  • Access resources and information related to assessing student performance (RIOT)
  • Analyze and synthesize data relevant to the identified area(s) of concern
  • Support LEAs in understanding and implementing IEPs in the least restrictive environment
  • Assist LEA special education teachers in connecting IEP goals and services with the general education curriculum Interpret basic knowledge of IDEA and Iowa Rules of Special Education laws and procedures for LEA/AEA staff, families and outside agencies
  • Participate in compliance audits of special education services
  • Assist districts in correcting non-compliant activities in the delivery of special education services and programs 
  • Assist teachers in collecting and analyzing intervention data to create a system that is conducive to effective problem solving and learning
  • Assist districts in making connections between Iowa Core and special education programs and services 
  • Team with AEA Behavior Department dyad member in assigned districts

For more information about the services offered, contact:
Julie Meyer – Department Chair
Prairie Lakes AEA - Pocahontas
500 NE 6th St.
PO Box 802
Pocahontas, IA 50574
712-335-3588
866-540-3858 (toll-free in Iowa)
712-335-5871 (fax)

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