Facilitated Team Meetings
What is a Facilitated Team Meeting?
The facilitator leads a team meeting to promote effective communication and assist a team in developing an IEP. The facilitator helps to keep members of the team focused on the student while addressing conflicts and disagreements that may arise during the meeting.
What is the Difference between a Mediation and Facilitated Team Meeting?
- Mediation - Mediation seeks to build positive working relationships, encourages mutual understanding, and helps the parties focus on their common interest–the student. An impartial mediator works with the participants to help them clearly communicate concerns, find common ground, and explore possible solutions to reach their own mutually agreeable resolution. Mediators help parties craft a formal agreement that is legally binding on the parties and can be used to amend an individualized education program.
- Facilitated team meetings - An impartial facilitator leads an IEP, Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), or multi-agency team meeting to promote effective communication and assist a team in developing an individualized education program.
Where Should You Start?
- Organize your child’s documents (IEP/IFSP, evaluation report, progress reports, etc.)
- Define the problem(s) as you see them.
- Prioritize your issues.
- Think about practical solutions.
Talk to an Advocate
- The Arc Minnesota - 833-450-1494
- Minnesota Disability Law Center - 612-334-5970 or 800-292-4150.
- Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) - 800-528-4511.
- PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) - 952-838-9000.
Talk to Your District
- Talk to your district’s special education director about your concerns.
- Request a team meeting to talk about your concerns and develop ideas.
- If you disagree with a proposed education program and request a conciliation conference, the district must hold the meeting with you within 10 days of your request to discuss concerns about your child’s education program.
What if You Still Have Concerns?
Talk to the Minnesota Department of Education
Who Participates in a Facilitated Team Meeting?
What is the Facilitator’s Role?
The facilitator models and helps maintain open and respectful communication among team members as well as offering ways to address and resolve conflicts that may arise in the meeting. The facilitator keeps the IEP team focused the student’s needs while developing or revising an IEP.
How Long Does the Facilitated Team Meeting Process Take?
PACER Center has created A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the Individualized Education Program to help parents work with schools to address each child's special needs through understanding the required components of the IEP.
Request for Facilitated Team Meeting Form - 9/19/18
To request a facilitated education planning meeting, complete this form electronically and return to MDE as directed.
Suggestions of steps to take before facilitated planning meeting and a brief overview of the meeting process.
Frequently asked questions about the facilitated education planning process.
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