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.
Open Dialogue and Shared Decision-Making
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.
How Does a Facilitated Meeting Work?
1. A SPARC facilitator will speak with both parties to listen to concerns, explain the facilitation process, and answer questions.
2. If all parties are willing to participate, the facilitator will create an agenda for the meeting incorporating all concerns.
3. During the meeting, the facilitator manages the meeting process so the team can focus on the needs of the student.
4. The participants control and create the outcome of the IEP meeting. The facilitator is impartial.
5. If the meeting does not end in an agreement, the parties may pursue other forms of resolution or exercise their procedural safeguards.
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.
SPARC IEP Meeting Facilitation Participant Testimonials