Since coming online with the new blog and website on January 3rd, I have made an incredible number of new friends. Some really fantastic people are connecting with me. How lucky am I? ==== Back to the topic for the night. Have you ever experienced a Facilitated IEP? According to the website http://www.directionservice.org, a facilitated IEP is: “A facilitated IEP meeting is an IEP meeting that includes an impartial facilitator who promotes effective communication and who assists the IEP team in developing an acceptable IEP. The facilitator keeps the team focused on the proper development of the IEP while addressing conflicts that arise. IEP Facilitation is not used to resolve disputes unrelated to the IEP.” In the state of North Dakota, the facilitator is paid by the state, which in turn enforces the impartiality of the facilitator because they can’t be influenced by either the school district or the parent.
When my wife came home from work and checked her personal email, she discovered a copy of the prior written notice had been emailed to her. And evidently it had been emailed to me as well. To an account that I never use to communicate with the district. Very frustrating. As to the content of the PWN… well, let’s just say that it is adversarial in nature. We are trying to figure out what the principal is attempting to do. First, the PWN isn’t from the Special Education teacher that our son would work with. It is from the school principal. Second, no contact was made with either my wife nor I regarding a date or time for the meeting. No effort was made to contact our advocate or any of the other staff from outside the district who works with our son. I did learn that the principal is
Good morning friends… Well, actually it is afternoon, but I have been up and about for about 6 hours. Cheers to you on this glorious morning. A couple of things to start our day. Last night, David had an incredible meltdown, his first since being in the residential facility. I admit, I did not handle it well. I apologised to him for my response to his meltdown. It happened, we are moving forward. Today, we are working on school work since there is still no apparent movement by the school district to resolve our impasse about David returning to public school. But, then a short while ago, I got a call from one of our care coordinators for David. She received a hand written Prior Written Notice (PWN) from the school district. I called up our advocate to see if she had received one as well. Never in my life