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

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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

Family perceptions of student centered planning and IEP meetings.

Given the documented benefits of family involvement in educational planning, engaging families throughout the school years is strongly advocated. However, barriers continue to impede families from collaborative partnering in educational planning. In this qualitative study the perceptions of six...Learn more

Family-school conflict: implications for the family.

Family responses to family-school conflicts may be manifested in family interaction and/or work performance and are influenced by numerous factors including socioeconomic status, child's grade level, family structure, cultural background, financial or structural stress, and rigidity of functioning...Learn more

Framing the Future: SelfDetermination

This article offers reflections and recommendations on self-determination of students with disabilities. [Abstract] "There is an established and still-growing evidence base that promoting self-determination has positive school and post-school benefits for students with disabilities, and yet efforts...Learn more

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on mediation.

This publication has been developed by the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) to respond to the host of questions that many parents, teachers, administrators, and others have about mediation. From basic questions such as, "What is mediation?" and "How does it...Learn more

GAO: Mediation can help solve special education disputes.

This article discusses the U.S. General Accounting Office's (GAO) report on benefits of mediation in solving special education disputes. The role of mediation in providing viable resolutions to disputes between parents and schools over the education of disabled students is discussed as well as...Learn more

Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education

[From publisher's website] This book brings together for the first time research informing leadership practice in special education from preschool through transition into post-secondary settings. It provides comprehensive coverage of 1) disability policy 2) leadership knowledge, 3) school reform,...Learn more