Fran Fletcher was interviewed recently by the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. In an interview posted on the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) website, she shares strategies, her advice, typical mistakes made and lessons she's learned from facilitating Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.
The interview took place during the Fifth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, with support from the JAMS Foundation. CADRE's director Marshall Peter conducted interviews with Fletcher and nine other nationwide representatives from the field of dispute resolution and special education.
The interview comprises the following questions.
You've done a lot of really wonderful work in the area of IEP and IFSP facilitation. Are there strategies that you believe work particularly well in those meetings?
As you think about a new special ed teacher who is headed out to host and facilitate their first IEP meeting, is there advice you would give them?
What are some of the mistakes that people are likely to make at IEP meetings?
As you think about your career at the University of Delaware and your years of experience in facilitation and dispute resolution, are there lessons that you've learned that particularly sing to you?
Any remaining thoughts?