About Us

The Parent and Educator Partnership

"When families are involved at home and at school, children do better in school and the schools get better" (Anne T. Henderson, 2007).   

PEP's aim is to improve meaningful participation of parents in their child's education across Illinois.  Our work includes:

  • Developing, equipping, and supporting Parent Leadership;
  • Providing training, information, and support to parents of students with disabilities about the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act;
  • Assisting school districts with implementing and sustaining partnership practices; and
  • Supporting the Illinois State Board of Education with State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator #8.

In part, our in-kind work is accomplished through providing the following:

  • Resources for parents and educators to access information;
  • Lending Library for free checkout and returns;
  • Toll-free support line, 877-317-2733, and an online contact form; and
  • Training, technical assistance, and coaching on IDEA, Collaboration, and Family Engagement.


The PEP assists school districts with developing and sustaining parent leadership and school-based programs for partnerships through training, technical assistance, and coaching.

Parent Leadership

We start with the premise that all parents are leaders.  Parental leadership roles include:

  • Teachers of their own children
  • Supporters of their children's school
  • Decision-makers in their child's education or for all students
  • Leaders of other parents

The Parent and Educator Partnership is involved in two parent leadership programs to assist parents in the continuum of their leadership roles.

For more information about the Parent Leadership Program, you may download a brochure , email us or use our online contact form.


School, Family, and Community Partnership

Schools that are well organized, safe, and supportive are much more likely to be successful.  Specifically, researchers determined five essential components for school success and involved families, when the entire school staff builds strong relationships with families and communities to support learning is one of the 5 Essentials.

The Parent & Educator Partnership is committed to helping school districts in Illinois strengthen and sustain school-based programs of family and community engagement that support student learning. (read more).


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