Trisha Bergin-Lytton, M.Ed.
Mediator, IEP Facilitator, Trainer & Consultant
Training: IEP/IFSP Facilitation Process with the Facilitator as the
Guardian of Team Collaboration with Chairperson Support
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office for Dispute Resolution
25 Participants (Mediators and IEP Facilitators)
the participants agreed that after attending this presentation, their
overall understanding of this IEP/IFSP Facilitation model was improved.
of the participants agreed that the content of the materials provided
during this training was practical and helpful.
participants agreed that after attending this presentation if called
upon to facilitate an IEP/IFSP meeting their knowledge and skill level
had been enhanced to accomplish the task.
What the participants shared that was useful about the training:
demeanor: open, honest and willing to share her expertise.
written materials are a very helpful reference: well organized,
practical, clear, comprehensive.
group activities throughout the entire day's presentation kept the
"what if case scenarios" and "you be the judge" activities were very
useful and allowed us to
apply the concepts we discussed from the
all of the large group discussions after quick small group activities
responses which allowed for numerous exchanges of ideas and
Practices Checklist to guide and monitor the entire IEP/IFSP process.
potential value and power of preparation activities before the
IEP/IFSP meeting is convened.
chart and discussion about the differences between mediation
and IEP/IFSP facilitation.
facilitator, remain focused on the process as the "guardian of team
collaboration" and allow
the participants to be the experts of the
the facilitator's role with responsibilities.
and consensus building is critical for IEP participants to understand
value of asking questions to solicit options instead of sharing
facilitator ideas with the team.
techniques for managing challenges of the facilitation process.
of the IEP/IFSP process from start to finish was extremely informative
Requirements of the
Prior Written Notice of Actions was a good refresher,
very useful worksheet.
excellent presentation that truly pulled everything together for me.
feel more confident with a new understanding of my role as the IEP/IFSP
training, I learned a lot about process, content and techniques!
training helped bring concepts, protocols and skill together.
styles and procedures were eye opening.
of parents having access to all drafts and allowed to review all documents
IEP/IFSP meeting in order to be equal team members.
of brand new ideas for our facilitation model!