The Parent & Educator Partnership

Important Announcement:

Website Change: Please visit the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative ( for current information on Family Engagement support for school districts. While that website is in development, the content on will remain available for schools to use.

Training/TA 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 student learning.

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


Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) sets educational policies and guidelines for public and private schools, preschool through grade 12 as well as vocation education.

Helpful ISBE links include:

An overview of ISBE special education services

Resources for parents and students

Parent Involvement

Parent Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois


The Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC) is the Illinois State Board of Education's model of integrated technical assistance for families and school districts. Each ISTAC project uses a coaching and support network model, focusing on building the capacity of districts through the implementation of evidence-based practices, utilizing data collection and analysis in support of data-based decision making.


Latest News

ESEA/NCLB Conference Chicago

February 2014

Parent Leadership Concurrent Session presentation & handouts


Partnership Exploration Webinar

To view the video of this webinar click here.  For a PDF version of the presentation click here.  The handouts for the presentation are:


Indicator 8 Parent Webinar Series :


Parent Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois available here.

Illinois Student Record Keeper available here

Common Core Standards links under Resources Page. Click here to go directly to Common Core Resources.

District Special Education Profile Link available here

School, District, and State Report Card Link available here