Facilitating Difficult IEP Team Meetings

Tue, Nov 5, 2019  8:30am - 3:30pm

Contact: Denise Lavoie - dlavoie@nhasea.org

Facilitating challenging IEP Team meetings requires a unique set of skills.  Join Michael Opuda and Penelope Wheeler-Abbott, Consultants from Drummond Woodsum in a session designed to prepare for and make the IEP team process work efficiently and effectively.

Topics:

Participants will be asked to identify issues and concerns they would like addressed in advance of each session in order to maximize learning and meet specific needs.

Proposed Topics:

Conflict Resolution Strategies

  • Active listening
  • Consensus building
  • Interest based vs. positional bargaining
  • Getting to yes – finding common ground

IEP Team Issues:

  • Agenda setting/timing and terminating meetings
  • Sticking to the agenda vs. flexibility to triage and address emergent needs
  • Preparing for an IEP meeting – draft IEPs, communicating with parents, pre-meetings
  • Dealing with challenging advocates/parents
  • Non-attending parent/non-engaged parent/parent walk outs
  • Who really needs to attend/excusing IEP team members?
  • Unfinished business and parking lots
  • When do you need to meet vs. alternative strategies
  • Documentation within the written notice

Goal:

To provide participants with proactive, in the moment and follow-on strategies to prepare for and address common issues which frequently occur in IEP meetings.

Process:

Combination of lecture, role playing, brainstorming, and fishbowl activities that permit participants to learn about and try different strategies for addressing common conflicts within IEP meetings.

Targeted Audience:

School personnel with responsibility for chairing or facilitating IEP meetings (special education teachers, case managers, IEP coordinators, instructional strategists, building principals, etc.)

Facilitators:

Michael Opuda and Penelope Wheeler-Abbott, Consultants – Drummond Woodsum

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Training Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301