Facilitation of Special Education Team Meetings is a free service provided by the Bureau of Special Education upon request by a district or parent. Both parties must agree to have the facilitator attend the meeting. A trained facilitator is sent by the Bureau to attend and conduct a regular Special Education Team meeting scheduled and arranged by the district. A facilitator will go to the building where the district has scheduled the meeting to be held. Facilitators may be provided for out-of-district team meetings which are held within the state. The facilitator has no “interest” in the content or the outcome of the meeting; he/she is there to conduct the meeting and keep it moving forward. All Facilitators are volunteers from various fields who receive training through the Department of Education.
The program is to assist school districts and parents to have discussions and make decisions during a Special Education Team meeting when school people and parents are feeling “stuck” or unproductive. Facilitators are available for any customary topic of a Team meeting, such as disposition of referral, evaluation planning, determination of eligibility, development or revision the IEP including transition planning and ESY services, selection of placement, etc.
Facilitation of Special Education Team Meetings is available any time of the year (including summer) and for any function of the Team in the “special education process.” The Bureau requires that the district request a facilitator at least 10 days before the scheduled date of the Team meeting to give the Bureau time to locate an available facilitator.
The local Director of Special Education and/or the parent contacts the Bureau of Special Education to request a facilitator at least 10 days before the scheduled date of the Team meeting. The Bureau needs specific information about the scheduled meeting including the usual “parent notice information” such as date, time, place, topic, participants, etc., and some additional information.
All Facilitators are volunteers from various fields who receive training through the Department of Education.
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