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, more/lessetc. 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.” Facilitators may be provided for out-of-district team meetings which are held within the state.
Facilitators are volunteers from various fields who receive training through the Department of Education. 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.
A free service, the local Director of Special Education and/or the parent contacts the Bureau of Special Education to request a facilitator. 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.
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. Occasionally, no facilitator is available and the Bureau works with the district regarding other options. Both parties must agree to have the facilitator attend the meeting. The facilitator will go to the building where the district has scheduled the meeting to be held.