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    1. 1. THE PERFECT MEETING Andrea DiBartolomeo EEX 6524
    2. 2. KEYS TO A PERFECT MEETING 1 • Respect Different Viewpoints 2 • Value the contribution of each participant 3 • Be realistic and understanding
    3. 3. BEFORE THE MEETING BEGINS  Decide – “Do we really need to have this meeting?” (Dettmer, Knackendoffel, &Thurston, 2013, p. 162)  Reasons to call a meeting:  Fulfilling legal obligations (such as an IEP)  Brainstorming to generate ideas  Problem-solving with multiple people in various roles to explore options  Reconciling conflicting views among school, students, and home  Providing a forum for all to be heard  Building a team to make and implement educational decisions (Dettmer et al., 2013, p. 162
    4. 4. PREPARING FOR THE MEETING  Use a planning checklist to prepare for the meeting  Request attendance from those who can contribute to the topic at hand  Stick to the rule “concerning meetings that the more who are involved, the shorter it should be” (Dettmer et al., 2013, p. 162).
    5. 5. PREPARING FOR THE MEETING  Develop an agenda and allow appropriate time for each agenda item  Decide the meeting place  Comfortable chairs  Interactive seating arrangement where all members can face each other  Make sure each participant knows his/her role  Have someone be the chair, recorder, and/or timekeeper, if needed
    6. 6. DURING THE MEETING  Introduce all participants by name and role  Listen attentively  Think creatively and stay on task  “Each participant in a meeting should be thinking at all times about what will move the group ahead” (Dettmer et al., 2013, p. 165)  Encourage opposing views to be discussed in the meeting so the best solution can be reached  Stay within the meeting’s time limit and refocus the discussion when needed
    7. 7. AT THE END OF THE MEETING  Review key decisions  Set the time and place for the next meeting, if needed  Review the minutes of the meeting  Make sure that accurate notes were taken on who was designated for each responsibility, what the decision was, and the projected date to be completed  Assess the progress made as well as the effectiveness of the meeting
    8. 8. REFERENCES  Dettmer, P., Knackendoffel, A., & Thurston, L. P. (2013). Collaboration, consultation, and teamwork for students with special needs. (7th ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Pearson Education, Inc.