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
>M had a good week over all. I told the speech therapist not to engage M in any power struggles. Talked with Protection and Advocacy (P and A) on Friday. Signed a bunch of releases so that they can look at his school, psych, and probation records. Faxed copies of the Sheriff report to their office, as well as our copy of the IEP, witness statements, and other information we thought important. She made the comment that it sounded like the school needed an education in how to work with someone like M. Spent some time talking to the school counselor. He didn’t understand why three different stories were told by the people who were there the day M experienced his break down. Evidently the aide that was working in Special Ed with M has been released from employment at the school. I wonder if this is in retaliation for