Whether you are new to your Dispute Resolution (DR) coordination and leadership role or not, you may find the content housed in this online suite of resources helpful in the administration of the required IDEA DR processes, as well as the implementation of other prevention and early resolution practices along the CADRE Continuum.
Know the Basics
Understanding IDEA, including its purpose and provisions, is critical to anyone in a dispute resolution coordination or leadership role. Visit OSEP’s About IDEA and Topic Areas webpages for more information. You may also wish to check out the Essential Components of the Special Education Process Modules at the Idaho Training Clearinghouse to learn more about the IEP process overall.
IDEA requires each State to establish, implement and maintain procedural safeguards related to mediation, written State complaints and due process complaints. While States must adhere to the federal requirements under IDEA, there is variability in how States fulfill these requirements. To assist States in implementing effective and efficient dispute resolution systems that align with IDEA, CADRE has developed or curated a number of resources for each required process, including customizable manuals and slide decks based on the 2013 OSEP Dispute Resolution Q&A, links to commonly used OSEP resources, and much more.
Understanding how dispute resolution relates to other aspects of special education, and how each of the required processes work together and fit within a larger continuum of dispute resolution options is important. Check out the customizable slide deck below.
Optional Prevention & Early Resolution Practices
CADRE strongly encourages States to have infrastructure in place to support the prevention and early resolution of special education disputes. Strong infrastructures include well-defined policies and procedures, sufficient resource allocation, trained staff and practitioners, and mechanisms for access and delivery of services, and more. Many States have adopted alternative dispute resolution options and implemented training and supports to help families and educators effectively work together and through conflict.
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