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Data Analyst and Dispute Resolution Training Specialist

Diana serves as the Data Analyst and Dispute Resolution Training Specialist, providing training and technical assistance to state agencies, lead agencies, parent centers and other stakeholders nationwide. She brings considerable experience working at the LEA level, fostering home school partnerships, and employing child-centered decision making. Diana has expertise in IEP facilitation as a means for early dispute resolution and is a certified trainer in Conflict Resolution and IEP Facilitation.

Prior to working for CADRE, Diana was Broward County’s District Coordinator for Due Process. In this role, she was responsible for writing and implementing local policies and procedures in response to legislative mandates and case law trends. Diana was also responsible for the management of all dispute resolution complaints filed on behalf of students with disabilities, and was instrumental in establishing the use of facilitation district-wide. Under her leadership, 98% of due process cases in the Broward County School District were resolved using a variety of resolution methodologies, including IEP meeting facilitation. She was also responsible for the design, delivery, and monitoring of compliance-related professional development to site-based LEA designees at each of the district’s 345 public and charter schools.

Diana also served as a Compliance Program Specialist for the School District of Osceola County, providing oversight of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Programs and compliance monitoring for multiple schools within the district. In addition, she has provided specialized instruction in both a general education setting as well as a self-contained classroom where she taught students with a variety of significant behavioral and cognitive disabilities. Diana received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Miami in elementary education and exceptional student education.