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Facilitation

IEP team meetings are numerous, have numerous participants and tackle numerous, complex issues. Conversation in such meetings can be aided by a neutral facilitator.

A facilitator can:

  • Ensure that everyone has a chance to speak
  • Ensure that all concerns and ideas are recorded and considered,
  • Help resolve differences of opinion that arise at the table

IEP team leaders can ask facilitators to manage meetings so they can concentrate on the issues and the discussion. Leaders and members alike may find a facilitator useful in keeping meetings productive and organized.

With a facilitator, IEP Team members can more effectively:

  • Focus on the issues and student benefits
  • Make better use of each others' knowledge and expertise
  • Address conflict constructively and generate creative options
  • Manage the use of the meeting time

Video: What is Facilitation?

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