Facilitated Individualized Education Program (FIEP)
“Early processes such as expert IEP facilitation. . .to increase collaboration and problem solving skills of school staff and parents can help avoid expensive disputes and promote efforts to help students.”
-The President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, July, 2002
What is a facilitated IEP (FIEP)?
One of the promising alternative dispute resolustion approaches available to parents of children with disabilities and to Local Education Agencies in which trained professionals facilitate the IEP meeting through a collaborative approach for decision making in the development of an Individual Education Plan for a student with disabilities.
The process of facilitation for the IEP meetings enable the ARD committee team to:
- Build and improve strong relationships among team members,
- Focus the IEP content and process on the needs of the student,
- Exercise an efficient, guided meeting process where effective communication and reflective listening are practiced, and
- Reach true consensus.
Benefits of a Facilitated IEP Meeting
A facilitated IEP meeting:
A trained impartial professional helps the IEP teams with the IEP process.
- may build and improve relationships among the IEP members and between parents and schools.
- models effective communication and listening
- clarifies points of agreement and disagreement
- provides opportunities for team members to resolve conflicts if they arise, and
- encourages parents and professionals to identify new options to address unresolved problems
The facilitator helps:
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Keep the meeting focused on the student
Ensures everyone at the table has a voice
Encourages active listening by all participants
Keep the group from getting stuck on just one issue