Please visit the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance
for current information on Family Engagement support for school
districts. While that website is in development, the content on
pepartnership.org will remain available for schools to use.
Requests: ISTAC's 2014-15 integrated training and
technical assistance will be provided to districts identified by
ISBE as needing additional supports related to their data on the
special education state performance plan indicators. ISTAC will be
in contact with districts as they are identified. Districts not
identified for ISTAC support are welcome to participate in ISTAC
regional training events as they are added to the statewide
calendar. Please also consider registering for the
Fall Leadership Conference on MTSS.
Our Mission is to facilitate
partnerships, equipping parents and educators to be equal partners
in the success of each child.
The Parent & Educator Partnership (PEP) is a focus area of
the Illinois Statewide Technical
Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC). ISTAC is a technical
assistance project of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The
PEP project advances the ISBE's priority to improve the delivery of
training, technical assistance, and coaching for parents of school
age children and educators. PEP services include: providing a
Call-in Center for parents of students with disabilities to assist
with understanding their role and rights described in the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); providing
Individualized Education Program (IEP) Frequently Asked
Questions page and other web-based resources; developing and supporting
Parent Leadership in collaboration with the local
school district; and assisting the local school district with
implementing and sustaining authentic partnerships
practices with families and the community that impact
Partnership building is a requirement of Title 1
funding and described in Section 1118 of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (formerly, No Child Left Behind).
Partnership building also assists the school district with
improving State Performance Plan Indicator 8, "Percent of
parents with a child receiving special education service who report
that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving
services and results for children with disabilities."
To learn more about PEP delivery of services, click on About PEP