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This word cloud encapsulates some of the themes, words, and principles core to the Conflict Resolution Program's SPARC Services specific to IEP Meeting Facilitation.
SPARC IEP meeting facilitation is quickly becoming the most recognized strategy for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of IEP meetings. When discussions become difficult or complex, a facilitator can help prevent the conflict from growing.
The ideal time to request a facilitator is before the team reaches an impasse. Prior to the IEP meeting, a SPARC facilitator works with the family and the school to create a comprehensive meeting agenda that will allow for an effective and efficient meeting.
During the IEP meeting, SPARC's trained, neutral facilitator manages the meeting so the team can focus on the needs of the student. The facilitator guides the IEP team through a process of open dialogue and understanding aimed at building trust among all team members. Through balanced participation and shared decision-making, teams are better able to make decisions that are in the best interest of the student.
The facilitator is not a member of the IEP team or an advocate for any person on the team.
The facilitator is an independent impartial person to the IEP team meeting process.
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"The facilitator made sure everyone was actually in agreement and kept the meeting calm and professional."
"The facilitator's contribution was extremely valuable. She helped all the parties feel validated and she ensured that we addressed all the concerns raised by parents and school staff."
We know that the quick, unexpected shift to remote working and learning has changed how we hold meetings, and IEP meetings are no exception. So, we've collected some great resources and articles to share the best tips for running virtual IEP meetings with you. These resources cover preparing technology and team members for the meeting, running a smooth and productive conversation, effectively engaging parents before, during, and after the meeting, and more.
If you're interested in having a SPARC facilitator assist with your virtual meeting, email Kathy Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 302-831-8158.
Checklist for Leading a Virtual IEP Meeting
This checklist for IEP-meeting leaders provides a summary of best practices for leading smooth virtual IEP meetings. Created by SPARC staff based on the resources cited below.
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This checklist for families and school staff provides a summary of best practices for participating in a virtual IEP meeting. Created by SPARC staff based on the resources cited below.
This tip-sheet includes technology tips for all participants and FAQs for hosting and participating in a virtual IEP meeting. Created in collaboration by OSEP-funded projects.
This one-page document provides a visual representation of the tips listed in the document above and is available in both English and Spanish. Created in collaboration by OSEP-funded projects.
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This one-page document shows possible meeting roles, meeting norms, and a sample agenda to guide your virtual IEP meeting and is available in both English and Spanish. Created in collaboration by OSEP-funded projects.
For more information about SPARC IEP meeting facilitation, contact Kathy Murphy or visit the SPARC IEP FAQ page.