This searchable database contains bibliographic information for literature (research-based and policy/practice) relating to dispute resolution in special education.

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Evaluation of Family Empowerment Centers.

This report synthesizes the quantitative and qualitative evaluation data related to Family Empowerment Centers (FEC) in California. Data was obtained from surveys of parents and professionals, parent focus groups, and interviews with FEC center directors, center personnel, and other professionals...Learn more

Facilitated IEP meetings help special education students.

The article reports on the significance of facilitated Individual Education Plans(IEP) meetings among parents of special education students and representatives of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Often IEP meetings conclude to heated arguments, Spectrum K12 School...Learn more

Facilitated IEP meetings: An emerging practice.

To help special education planning teams reach agreements, several State Education Agencies (SEAs) provide the option of facilitated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. The use of externally facilitated IEP meetings is growing nationally. When relationships between parents and schools...Learn more

Families and schools: Resolving disputes through mediation.

This publication attempts to answer common questions that parents, teachers, administrators, and others have about mediation as a means of resolving conflicts between parents of a child with a disability and the school district. Four real life stories are used to show how experienced mediators use...Learn more