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This library contains CADRE resources as well as State, Lead Agency and Parent Center resources. Please note that CADRE makes no endorsement of the State, Lead Agency and Parent Center resources included here, nor of any policies, procedures, processes, or documents specific to any item.

About the Webinar: This webinar will present the results of a systematic analysis of a representative sample of complaint procedure decisions and hearing officer decisions in five of the most active states. The comparison will be not only between these two systems for the total sample but also among the five state subsamples. The three dimensions of the comparison will be (a) the issue categories, (b) the outcomes, and, for the parent-favorable outcomes, (c) the remedies. About the Presenter: Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he...
Video of Beyond Mediation and Facilitation: Exploring Early Resolution Options About the Webinar: Across the nation, states are developing innovative ways to respond to and prevent conflict. This webinar will showcase three early resolution practices that have been adopted by SEAs in Washington State, Georgia, and Louisiana. These practices attempt to minimize conflict by increasing the capacity of systems and individuals to meaningfully collaborate and problem solve. Participants will hear Scott Raub speak about Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Parent Liaison...
CADRE’s Exemplar Initiative: Identifying, Profiling and Showcasing Resources from High-Performing State Special Education and Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Systems State System Profiles Between Fall 2008 and Summer 2010, CADRE undertook a process to identify state special education and early intervention dispute resolution systems that are particularly effective and to characterize those systems and their components in ways that would be useful to other states that are considering improvement activities. Four state systems - Iowa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - were identified...
Introduction The introduction to this sourcebook stresses the need for schools, communities, and families to work together to educate children to be productive and caring 21 st century citizens. American families are described as more diverse than ever before, spanning cultures, languages, levels of education, and socioeconomic and demographic differences. Family involvement is defined in an expansive way to include and recognize the value of a broad spectrum of activities that involve family members and/or guardians helping children to learn, both at home and at school. Barriers that limit...
About the Webinar: Increasingly, restorative approaches to discipline are being recognized as promising alternatives to suspension and expulsion. Focusing on the field of special education, this webinar will explore the use of restorative practices beyond school discipline. Members of School Talk/Restorative DC will join us to talk about the different ways that restorative practices are being used in DC area schools, including how restorative approaches may be valuable in IEP meetings. In addition, we will explore the potential of restorative approaches for preventing and resolving special...
This document was published in July 2002. More information on IDEA 2004.
Esta publicación ha sido desarrollada por el Consorcio para la Resolución Apropiada de Disputas en la Educación Especial (CADRE) para responder a las preguntas que tantos padres, profesores, administradores y otras muchas personas tienen acerca de la mediación.
Video of Let’s Work Together! Building Local Capacity with CADRE’s Online Learning Resources A captioned version of this webinar, along with a transcript, will be available shortly. Join CADRE in exploring our Working Together Online Learning Series and companion Facilitator Guide ! This Series of five interactive courses was developed to provide families and educators with a number of strategies for working together and through conflict. Anyone supporting children or youth with disabilities may benefit from this series, however the setting in which collaborative problem solving takes place...
Video of Managing Truth Decay in the Intersection of Logic and Emotion A transcript of this webinar will be available shortly. About the Webinar : Clients and parties spin when the law and their emotions collide. This is especially challenging given the erosion of civil discourse and the disengagement of individuals from civic institutions. The ability of participants to make good decisions declines and they often blame others for the situation. Learn practical tips, techniques, and tools from a lawyer and social psychologist, who both mediate. Learn how to counsel folks through the...
This article suggests that the adoption of a maximizing mediation approach by the mediator is permissible and advised. There are no barriers to mediators moving beyond the world of barely sufficient processes and barely sufficient results to stimulate maximized processes and maximized results.
During 2011-2013, staff members from seven Lead Agencies joined CADRE staff, along with representatives from ECTA, WRRC, and ITCA, to convene an Early Intervention dispute resolution workgroup. The group met quarterly by teleconference and web meeting, and focused on identifying and developing dispute resolution training resources, model policies, and forms specific to Part C of IDEA. This page is a repository of shared resources from the group's work together. Use or reproduction of any of the materials on this page is allowed and permission to copy is not required. Please give recognition...

Perfect Together: Aligning and Leveraging State Education Agencies and Parent Centers in Shared Work

Video of Perfect Together: Aligning and Leveraging State Education Agencies and Parent Cent This webinar focuses on practical, implementable strategies leading to effective and sustained collaboration between Parent Centers and State Education Agencies. The presenters provide examples of practices across the Collaboration Continuum that have led to successful, authentic engagement. Characteristics of a partnership that has continued over time, survived changes in personnel, and endured across short and long-term initiatives, are described. Presenters: Helen W. Post is the Executive Director...
Video of Webinar: Productive Conversations Through Empathy Note: A captioned version and transcript will be available soon! About the Webinar: EMPATHY, not ownership. Is it possible for you to support others through difficult moments, demonstrate authentic compassion, or connect through kindness without owning the beliefs, issues, or problems of others? YES, with EMPATHY. Empathy is an amazing gift -- to others and to yourself. The ability to help others without owning their problems is energizing. The willingness to widen your circle of concern to include people unlike you is empowering...
Video of Self-Care Strategies for Families with Children with Disabilities ( El video en español ) About the Webinar : Self-care for the caregiver of a child with disabilities is a complicated topic that fellow caregivers find frustrating. The reality is simply most of us cannot fathom having the time or the capability to address our own needs ahead of a child with complex needs. This presentation encourages us to redefine what self-care really means for the parent of a child with disabilities. How do we reframe self-care in the context of our challenging lives? How do we discover achievable...
Video of Skilled Dialogue Revisited - Joining & Harmonising: Diverse Perspectives About the Webinar : As a follow-up to their live webinar, Skilled Dialogue: Minding and Mining the Riches of Differences , Drs. Barrera and Kramer dive deeper into specific skilled dialogue strategies through example scenarios and explanations of collaborative language. Please rate this resource! About the Presenters : Drs. Barrera and Kramer bring a rich professional as well as personal history. They have taught diverse student populations at the university level for over 20 years. Their model, Skilled...
Video of Skilled Dialogue: Minding and Mining the Riches of Differences MAR 2018 About the Webinar : In an increasingly diverse environment, it is not rare to find ourselves facing the challenges of needing to communicate and collaborate with others whose opinions and perspectives differ significantly from ours. It is no longer viable to hold on to an “either-or” approach that requires diminishing or devaluing one set of opinions and perspectives in favor of another. In this webinar, Barrera and Kramer focus on how diversity can—and should—enhance and unite rather than diminish and divide...
Art Stewart has trained mediators in 22 states, Kenya and Canada. He has testified before Congress on the use of mediation for special education issues. He wrote: “When Parents and Educators Do Not Agree: Using Mediation to Resolve Conflicts About Special Education 1995,” “Preparing for Mediation and Resolution Sessions 2009,” and contributed a chapter on “Building Trust and Resolving Conflict in Special Education” to The Handbook for Administration and Leadership in Special Education 2012. He coordinated the special education mediation program in Massachusetts for fifteen years and is...
Cindy Swain coordinates special education complaint investigations for the Texas Education Agency. She currently manages the state's IEP facilitation initiative in Texas and serves on the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and the State Task Force for Children with Special Needs. As a member of CADRE's Intensive Facilitated IEP Project, Cindy is especially interested in improving school outcomes for students with disabilities through facilitated IEP team meetings. She served as a classroom teacher, administrator, and college professor for 25 years before coming to the Texas...
Diana Autin is the Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), NJ’s Parent Training and Information Center. She also co-directs NE-PACT, the Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center, providing technical assistance and capacity-building to the federally-funded parent training and information centers and community parent resource centers in the Northeast United States. Clip 1: As you think about stakeholder involvement in decision making, are there particular benefits that you believe come as a result and any advice about how you can most effectively engage diverse...
Fran Fletcher is an Assistant Policy Scientist in the Conflict Resolution Program of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration. She manages Delaware's Special Education Mediation program and assists in the design and delivery of training and provides consultative services for parents and school districts on the topic of special education. Clip 1: You've done a lot of really wonderful work in the area of IEP and IFSP facilitation. Are there strategies that you believe work particularly well in those meetings? Clip 2: As you think about a new special ed teacher who is...

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