Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation is a student-focused process in which a trained, neutral facilitator assists the IEP team in working collaboratively to reach consensus and develop an IEP that meets the needs of the student. (In Connecticut, the IEP team is known as the planning and placement team or PPT.) Most PPT meetings will not require a facilitator. However, in those situations where parents and school district personnel have had difficulties communicating and reaching consensus, a trained facilitator can provide a process that results in an appropriate IEP by assisting the team to remain focused on the student and communicate effectively.
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE) has recognized the need for a process to assist PPTs that have (or may) experience conflict that disrupts the collaborative team process and hinders development of an appropriate IEP. For that reason, when invited by the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) to work with several other states in an IEP facilitation demonstration project, the BSE agreed to participate.
The attached documents provide further information about the IEP Facilitation including how facilitation may be requested, requirements around participation in the process, associated fees and the facilitators who have recently undergone training in this area and are available to provide this service to school districts. Please note that the list of facilitators has been update since the first publication of this article in January 2014.
If after reviewing the documents, you have further questions about the IEP Facilitation, please contact Gail Mangs at 860-713-6938 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mary Jean Schierberl at 860-713-6943 or email@example.com (BSE); or Sally Esposito at 860-632-1485, ext. 379 or firstname.lastname@example.org (SERC).