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This workshop will cover the use of logic modeling in dispute resolution design and evaluation. Speakers and participants will engage in the design of logic models for program planning and evaluation [instruments and their application], and will review sources of comparative data for analysis of state systems of dispute resolution. Discussion, exchange, and problem solving among participants re-current practices and issues will be included.

Having a “Yes And” culture is an essential element for restoring focus on the child. This fast paced interactive workshop is for anyone who participates or facilitates challenging meetings (I.e. I.E.P.’s, Resolution Sessions, Mediations, etc.). This workshop will provide conflict resolution, negotiation and team building strategies using applied improvisation as a tool for positive communications and outcomes. While learning new valuable skills and techniques, participants will receive specific exercises that can be used in meetings as well as in trainings. The four key principles of this...

During the 5th National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education in October 2011, CADRE recorded keynote and plenary presentations as well as a number of breakout sessions. Topics range from Exemplary Practices, Mediation, Building Trust, and more. KEYNOTE AND PLENARY SESSIONS Symposium Opening Address from Hilary Tabor, Education Program Speciliast, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs: Video of HillaryTaborSymposiumOpeningAddress HillaryTabor - Transcript.pdf Marshall Peter, Director, CADRE CADRE & the Future of Exemplary Practices: Video of...

During the Sixth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education in October 2015, CADRE recorded keynote and plenary presentations as well as a number of breakout sessions. Topics range from Appreciative Inquiry to IEP Meeting Facilitation, Restorative Justice, Ombudsing, and more. Welcome from OSEP Tina Diamond Video of Tina Diamond - Welcome from OSEP ******** Welcome from CADRE Marshall Peter Video of Welcome from CADRE - Marshall Peter ******** OSEP Update Ruth Ryder Video of Update from OSEP - Ruth Ryder Keynote Addresses Appreciative Inquiry: Harvesting a System’s...
During the Seventh National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education in October 2017, CADRE recorded keynote and plenary presentations. These four videos are available to view below. Keynote Addresses Ann Turnbull: Creating Win-Win-Wins through Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships Video of Ann Turnbull Keynote: Creating Win-Win-Wins through Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships ******** Howard Zehr: The Call of Service: A Restorative Vision to Sustain Us Video of Howard Zehr Keynote - The Call of Service: A Restorative Vision to Sustain Us - CADRE 2017 Symposium ********...

In this session, several dispute resolution studies conducted by Drs. Judy and Howard Schrag, as well as other national researchers will be reviewed. Findings from the recently completed National Study of the Use and Effectiveness of Dispute Resolution will be specifically discussed. Session participants will discuss the National Study recommendations as well as implications for improving practices.

Presenters: Howard Schrag , NASDSE and Education and Human Services Group, Port Orchard, WA Judy Schrag , NASDSE and Education and Human Services Group, Port Orchard, WA In this session, several dispute resolution studies conducted by Drs. Judy and Howard Schrag, as well as other national researchers will be reviewed. Findings from the recently completed National Study of the Use and Effectiveness of Dispute Resolution will be specifically discussed. Session participants will discuss the National Study recommendations as well as implications for improving practices.

This session will consider best practices for managing your special education dispute resolution program “in the cloud.” This session will include consideration of such issues as access, intake, assigning matters, scheduling, confidentiality, and reporting. Importantly, cloud-based case management allows for the easy development of “meta data” supporting ongoing program improvement.

Over the last five years Orange County Public Schools has demonstrated a concentrated effort on streamlining dispute resolution practices amongst district administrators and the legal department. As an integral part of the process, collaboration with key stakeholders including parents, school administrators, teachers, state level administrators, attorneys, and advocates has provided opportunities for improvement in dispute resolution practices district-wide. The OCPS presentation team, including two Exceptional Student Education Directors and an Attorney will share information demonstrating...

Let’s become more aware about how our different cultural backgrounds and roles create barriers or build bridges in the special education process. This session focuses on possible strategies for families, educators and other professionals that draw upon their strengths to develop successful working relationships for the benefit of children with disabilities. Presenters will share baseline information and experience from the field as well as provide an opportunity for participants to share their own.

This highly interactive session will integrate conceptual and practical insights about conflict coaching, an invaluable process to support decision-making and improve relationships among students, their parents, teachers, counselors, principals and others. Conflict coaching is training-for-one; a way to better understand conflict and to manage it effectively in special education and beyond. We will emphasize both classic and emerging coaching approaches, including peer coaching and reciprocal coaching, as well as programmatic considerations to integrate coaching with existing supports.

Over the past few years, we have heard from States that the frequency of phone calls, emails and State complaints coming from “frequent filers” has increased heavily. Frequent filers are individuals who file complaint after complaint after complaint (informal and formal), often on overlapping issues and with increasing frustration evidenced in each subsequent filing. They may be extremely difficult to talk to because they don’t just want a Cadillac, they want a Rolls Royce. However, if and when you are able to get past the angry façade and get to the underlying information, there are often...

Presenters: Sharman Davis Barrett , Co-Director, Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers, Minneapolis, MN Jan Serak , FACETS, Milwaukee, WI Parent perspectives are critical to both the effective provision of dispute resolution processes as well as informing and preparing family members to participate. This session is designed for parent leaders interested in creating a Dispute Resolution Community of Practice. Participants in this session will develop ways in which parent centers can leverage the experience and expertise of other centers in developing resources and methods that...

Parent perspectives are critical to both the effective provision of dispute resolution processes as well as informing and preparing family members to participate. This session is designed for parent leaders interested in creating a Dispute Resolution Community of Practice. Participants in this session will develop ways in which parent centers can leverage the experience and expertise of other centers in developing resources and methods that better inform and prepare parents for dispute resolution processes. Additionally, participants will explore ways they can apply their knowledge of...

The District of Columbia is characterized by historically high levels of special education disputes. Such disputes are compounded by the challenges faced by an urban community. This interactive session will explore the implementation of the Student-led Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) demonstration project in Washington, DC, the expansion of this initiative, and the impacts of self-advocacy and student engagement as a driver of change. As part of the initiative, the project team produced a film highlighting the efforts of DC students, families and schools to increase the involvement...

Presenter: Dudley Weeks , Trainer, Mediator and Consultant, Great Cacapon, WV Building and sustaining effective relationships, resolving conflicts, improving the workplace....these are only a few of the applications of the LifeSkills. Particpants in the workshop will also be able to practice the LifeSkills in role play scenarios taken from real life.

The workshop presents The Partnership LifeSkills , practical, proven tools for effective living. Building and sustaining effective relationships, resolving conflicts, improving the workplace....these are only a few of the applications of the LifeSkills. ParticIpants in the workshop will also be able to practice the LifeSkills in role play scenarios taken from real life.

This session offers a practical approach to starting a program or refining an existing one. This presentation will assist participants in defining their scope of service and measurements of success, identifying their target audience and some do's and don'ts of marketing.

The session will explain the process that TEA undertook in building the Correspondence and Dispute Resolution Management System (CDRMS) which tracks state-level dispute resolution activities related to special education. The session will also explain the system itself and will explain how the state utilizes the system to track and use dispute resolution data on issues reviewed and substantiated through special education complaints and due process hearings, mediation requests and agreements, resolution sessions and agreements, and IEP facilitations. Using CDRMS, TEA is able to run detailed...

Mediators continue to debate the goals and interventions that should characterize the mediation process. But isn't mediation supposed to serve the needs of the parties? Shouldn't their voices influence the "look" of the mediation process that is institutionalized? This workshop will present empirical data--drawn from questionnaires, in-depth interviews and observations of parents and school officials participating in special education mediation--to discover what these parties value most about the process and the mediator. The data also will be examined to find areas of concern. Ultimately,...

This session will feature a panel discussion or Socratic Circle with interested members of the Oregon Department of Education's IDEA Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee (DRC). The group will discuss its history, purpose, and role in dispute resolution and provide examples of topics that are discussed with the state department of education along with action items that have improved the dispute resolution process for all stakeholders.

In 2016, CADRE published the nine-year national average special education mediation agreement rate of 69%. Wisconsin (one of the four exemplar programs identified by CADRE) has a nine-year average mediation agreement of 88% - 19% higher than the national average – with some years over 90%. We will discuss various reasons we see for this higher rate – including the screening and convening process; pre-mediation work by both the system administrator and the mediators; party participation, autonomy and freedom of choice in the selection of the mediator; involvement of the student in mediation...

One sure way to restore focus on the child is to ensure that Special Education mediators and facilitators exhibit high ethical standards and always "do the right thing." But what is it? Ethics questions can be complex, nuanced and situational. Professionals often have to sort out what to do under tough circumstances, guided sometimes by Codes of Conduct, sometimes only by personal or organizational values. All participants in an ADR process - from students to educators, and administrators, to parents and advocates - need to understand ethical duties and decisions. This interactive session...

As families and communities, we entrust schools with our "great resource and tangible investment in the future: our children" (Melaville & Blank, 1998). Yet educators alone cannot help children develop all the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will need to become productive citizens and caring individuals. Education to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century requires families, school, and communities together to meet these needs. This session will present evidence-based practices and strategies utilized by a variety of schools nationwide to promote family involvement...

Do you ever leave a conversation with your child’s teacher or IEP team, family member, or other loved one and wonder, “How did that conversation happen?” or think, “That person did not understand what I was trying to say at all!” Communicating clearly and effectively is not an inherent skill - it is something that we need to learn and practice. Using the remarkable work of Marshall Rosenberg and non-violent communication, we will explore the fundamentals of what it means to be an effective communicator by learning a 4-step communication process and then practicing that process throughout the...

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