Guide to Facilitation Programs

Facilitation is an upstream dispute resolution activity that when available to teams can resolve disputes quickly and prevent the likelihood of a larger more formal procedure taking place. While information presented here focuses on IEP meetings, the materials are relevant to other types of IDEA-related team meetings, as well.

CADRE has provided intensive technical assistance in the form of multistate workgroups in the area of IEP facilitation program design for several years. Whether you are just getting started, or want to improve your facilitation program, CADRE has done the legwork of finding best practices and examples. You will find example forms, guiding documents, suggestions for program design and improvement, voices from the field, and much more!

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The IDEA provides for a team meeting in which parents and educators will bring together their best ideas and thinking to design an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for a child receiving services.

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Whether you are making improvements to an existing program or building a new program from the ground up, assessing your program needs is crucial to your success.

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Successful facilitation programs have in common strong organizational structures and well-considered systems in place.

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Building a successful facilitation program requires significant planning, preparation and support.

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A successful facilitation program is defined by the quality of the practitioners who deliver the services.

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Even a well-planned system to house and deliver facilitation to parents and schools will be ignored if not marketed. 

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All facilitation programs, whether in the pilot stage or after decades of implementation, will benefit from having a systematic plan for evaluating program effectiveness as well as implementation.