The facilitator is not a member of the IEP team.
The facilitator keeps the IEP team focused on the task of developing or revising an IEP. The facilitator models and helps maintain open and respectful communication among team members as well as offering ways to address and resolve conflicts that may arise in the meeting.
Although the district is still in charge of the meeting, some districts request that the facilitator take an active role in running the IEP facilitation. With other districts, the facilitator is more of a support person to the participants and the process, helping as needed to keep the facilitation productive and student-focused.