Request for Proposals

RISE to the Challenge: Resolve, Innovate, Support, Engage
CADRE’s 8th National Symposium on
Dispute Resolution in Special Education

October 28-29, 2021

CADRE, the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, is seeking proposals to present at RISE to the Challenge: Resolve, Innovate, Support, Engage, CADRE’s Eigth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. This year's event will be virtual. Keeping the theme in mind, CADRE is seeking proposals with a focus on processes emphasizing strategies and techniques that support educators and families to work collaboratively to meet the various challenges surfaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Symposium participants include OSEP staff, state dispute resolution coordinators, directors of special education, dispute resolution practitioners, parent center staff, parents, parent leaders, attorneys, educators, service providers, and researchers.

Proposals must be received by May 15, 2021 to be considered.

Objectives for this Symposium

Symposium participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Examine collaborative dispute prevention and conflict management strategies within the expanding continuum of dispute resolution practices in special education and early intervention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Learn about innovations, initiatives, and current research in the field of dispute resolution.
  • Receive information, resources, and guidance related to the design, implementation, and improvement of dispute resolution processes and systems with a focus on virtual environments.
  • Enhance communities of practice, and connect dispute resolution coordinators, practitioners, educators, and parent leaders with each other and nationally renowned experts in the field.
  • Acquire advanced conflict management skills and knowledge critical to the effective resolution of disputes.

In order to provide an accessible virtual learning experience to our participants, CADRE is seeking proposals from individuals or panels in the following format:

  • 60-minute live interactive presentation
  • 60-minute pre-recorded presentation

Proposals should relate to the Objectives and Theme of the Symposium. Proposals that specifically focus on supporting the needs of families and educators in light of the COVID-19 pandemic will receive favorable consideration.

The following criteria will be considered during the proposal review process:

  1. The extent to which presentation objectives and takeaways are clearly specified.
  2. The level of knowledge and experience of the presenter(s).
  3. The extent to which program evaluation data or research is present.
  4. The level of attention to collaborative, culturally-competent practices.
  5. The relevance to special education and early intervention dispute resolution.
  6. The extent to which innovative practices and methods are shared and demonstrated.

Proposals must be submitted no later than May 15, 2021.

Noella Bernal, Symposium Chair
(541) 359-4210

Request for Proposals