Facilitated Individualized Education Program (FIEP)
Facilitation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is a method of resolution that involves the use of a trained facilitator to assist an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee in developing an IEP for a student with a disability. The use of facilitated IEP meetings is an increasing statewide trend and can be an essential part of assisting the ARD committee in reaching agreements that lead to educational programs with beneficial outcomes for students with disabilities. The facilitator uses techniques to help all committee members communicate and collaborate effectively. The Texas Education Agency encourages the use of IEP facilitation as an alternate means of dispute resolution.
A facilitator supports collaboration and communication, by assisting the ARD committee with the following:
  • Establishing an agenda and setting a time frame for the meeting.
  • Designing a set of guidelines for the meeting.
  • Guiding the group discussion to remain focused on the development of a mutually-agreed-upon IEP.
  • Ensuring that each ARD committee member has an opportunity to participate.
  • Resolving disagreements as they are encountered.
  • Keeping the ARD committee focused on the tasks to be accomplished.
FIEP at ESC-20
The ESC-20 FIEP program provides professional development designed to build capacity among all stakeholders in an ARD meeting to understand and utilize the facilitation process. Professional Development topics include:
  • Effective Collaboration in the IEP Environment
  • Conflict Resolution
  • IEP Facilitator Training
Click to search iLearning for online Collaborative IEP training modules conducted by Nicholas Martin and on site FIEP professional development and training.
Local & State Facilitation
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) website contains information about local and state facilitation in accordance with requirements of the Texas Education Code §29.020. TEA has established a program that provides independent IEP facilitators by request of school and parent. Both parties must complete the Request for a State Facilitated Individualized Education Program Meeting form and submit it to:

Texas Education Agency
Division of Federal and State Education Policy
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin TX 78701-1494
Fax: (512) 463-9560


English Request for a State Facilitated Individualized Education Program Meeting Form 

Spanish Request for a State Facilitated Individualized Education Program Meeting Form

Resources
Texas Education Agency Facilitated IEP
Video Overview of FIEP by Nicolas Martin
The Center for Accord
(A non-profit educational organization serving school personnel and parents to promote collaboration in special education among those working together on behalf of children with special needs)
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
(CADRE's mission is to encourage the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs)
Education Service Center Region 13 – FIEP online resources
Education Service Center Region 20 Parent Training Resources and online modules.
Contact:
Amy Strauch
Evaluation Specialist
(210) 370-5440
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