This partnership between South Dakota Parent Connection, the federally-funded parent center, and the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is funded through a grant from that office.
Working with a Navigator is an informal, time-limited problem-solving process and does not limit a parent's right to use formal processes such as the help of an advocate, filing a complaint, request a facilitator or mediator assigned by the state or filing for a due process hearing. Navigators remain objective and neutral as they help both parents and school personnel to:
- Locate and utilize information and resources
- Improve family-school communication
- Build (or re-build) partnership
- Reach or make progress towards agreement
Navigators have included "Partners in Policymaking" graduates, experienced educators and recently retired educational administrators.
Peer Navigators are located across South Dakota, and have expertise in issues relating to special education, disabilities, communication and conflict resolution.
The program is funded through a partnership between the South Dakota Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs and South Dakota Parent Connection.
Information on Peer Navigation may be requested by phone or email from the South Dakota Parent Connection.