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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.

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...

One key characteristic of any effective meeting is clarity of purpose. The IEP process is intended to provide the structure that supports shared decision-making for families and school districts focused on children with special needs. The objective of this collaborative teaming process is the identification of innovative, specially designed, instructional strategies.

This presentation will focus on ensuring that IEPs and BIPs effectively address the best interests of the student, how to appropriately utilize available resources, and how to get participant buy-in for ARD* core principles. We will discuss helping participants understand the purpose of ARDs and meet the objectives of engagement from all stakeholders. We will also address implementing a tracking system to monitor the student's progress and engage or re-engage teachers and others who are critical to the success of the IEP and BIP. At the end of this presentation, attendees will be more...

How do we put "noise in the system" that creates an atmosphere of antipathy and distrust, and results in conflict? What steps can we take to create a culture that promotes cooperation and collaboration? How do we return to our roots of quality education for students and service to families to avoid disputes and conflict? This presentation will present ideas on special education's customers, our students and families, and how we can provide exemplary service to them. We will explore best practices in customer service and discuss how we can utilize and adapt these practices to special education...

The formula is tried and true! This presentation will provide tips and tools on how to support parents' meaningful participation in their child's education and team meetings and how increased parent engagement deescalates conflict, harnesses the energy of shared vision, resulting in greater student outcomes

Presenters: Jeanne Bowman , Technical Assistance Coordinator, MATRIX, Novato, CA Margaret Burley , Director, Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities, Marion, OH Susanne Carter , Grant Writer, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO Jan Serak, FACETS, Milwaukee, WI Parent perspectives are critical to designing, implementing and evaluating dispute resolution systems at all levels. School systems that demonstrate a commitment to broad stakeholder involvement and collaborative problem solving with families can go a long way toward preventing the onset and escalation of...

Parent perspectives are critical to designing, implementing and evaluating dispute resolution systems at all levels. School systems that demonstrate a commitment to broad stakeholder involvement and collaborative problem solving with families can go a long way toward preventing the onset and escalation of adversarial school-family relationships that inevitably detract from the mission of helping children learn. Presenters at this session will discuss their involvement with dispute resolution systems at the state, regional and local level and explore strategies for enhancing parent involvement.

Disputants and mediators together determine a mediation’s success, sometimes only in retrospect. This interactive plenary will explore opportunities prior to and during a session, when the mediator may support-even enhance-parties' abilities to make the most of their mediation experience. Drawing on the academic and professional literature as well as extensive experience across civil, community, restorative justice and public policy contexts, this plenary will consider promising practices regarding case screening and client preparation before mediation. The thorny ethical issues of pressure...

Have questions about program evaluation – such as how to hire (or fire) an evaluator, how to get the best value from an external evaluation, what kind of evaluation you really need, how much money to spend, how to deal with negative results, or what to do with the 100 page report you receive? After a brief introduction to the concept of program evaluation, experienced program evaluators will respond to these frequently-asked questions and more. The focus of the session will be on your own questions. Come equipped with a list of problems, questions, or concerns you’ve always wanted to talk...

IEP facilitation has grown in practice over the last decade, with the number of states offering IEP facilitation statewide increasing from 9 states in 2005 to 30 states in 2014. Idaho, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, and Texas participated in a three year (2011-2014) IEP facilitation workgroup with CADRE aimed to either start an IEP facilitation program or improve an existing one. Presentations will include highlights of the work done in four of the states, two with new programs (Illinois and Texas) and two with existing programs (Idaho and Ohio). Time for audience questions will be included.

Presenters: Aimee Taylor , Technical Assistance Specialist, CADRE, Eugene, OR Richard Zeller , Senior Policy Advisor , CADRE, Eugene, OR State Annual Performance Reports include data on dispute resolution activities in states. These data form the core of CADRE’s national dispute resolution database. This session will provide a summary and initial analysis of the first year of these data from states. Participants will be asked to discuss how the further development of this database could be helpful to states in their efforts to improve dispute resolution systems.

State Annual Performance Reports include data on dispute resolution activities in states. These data form the core of CADRE’s national dispute resolution database. This session will provide a summary and initial analysis of the first year of these data from states. Participants will be asked to discuss how the further development of this database could be helpful to states in their efforts to improve dispute resolution systems.

The Partners Program trains and matches volunteers (Partners) with parents wanting support at their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), Mediation or High School Transition meeting. Partners are parents and others who have gone through a two-day intensive Partner Training Program. Partners are volunteers for the program. Partners are not at the meeting to speak for the parent. Their role is to help you prepare for the meeting, plan an agenda, identify the issues, write out proposals, etc. At the meeting they will take notes and act as a trained listener who is familiar with special...

During this session, Parent Center staff from different states will demonstrate tools to help parents to be more prepared for Mediation and Facilitated IEP’s. Participants will also recognize issues they may need to consider before, during and after mediation and/or facilitated IEPs. The workshop will offer tips on helping parents to clarify their thinking, to explain their viewpoints effectively and to identify new ways to resolve special education disputes. A copy of a training manual on "Effective Participation" and a "Glossary" that includes dispute resolution terms for interpreters will...

To review the session handout(s), click on the icon below: Kathy Wian Session 3.4 - Handout.doc Presenter: Kathy Wian , University of Delaware, Conflict Resolution Program, Newark, DE The objective of this presentation is to share ideas and discuss components of an effective IEP meeting facilitation system. The presentation will give an overview of key questions and areas that should be addressed when developing a system. Participants will be given time to ask questions, offer suggestions and exchange ideas.

The objective of this presentation is to share ideas and discuss components of an effective IEP meeting facilitation system. The presentation will give an overview of key questions and areas that should be addressed when developing a system. Participants will be given time to ask questions, offer suggestions and exchange ideas.

Participants in this Hot Topic discussion will have an opportunity to discuss and hypothesize about the impact the Endrew decision may have on IEP meetings, local and state level procedures, and overall dispute resolution activity. Both facilitators will bring their longstanding knowledge of dispute resolution and legal perspectives to encourage participants to think about what possibilities exist to resolve conflict in alternative and appropriate ways.

This interactive presentation will share the results of a study conducted regarding the implementation of facilitated IEP (FIEP) throughout the United States. Background information on facilitated IEP (FIEP) will be shared and trends in FIEP use across the United States will be identified. The use of participant feedback in FIEP program evaluation will be examined and current research in the field of FIEP outcomes will be shared. Information and resources to guide the future implementation of FIEPs, including practice creating web-based surveys to gather participant feedback will be...

Presenters: Nissan Bar-Lev , Director of Special Education, Special Education Cooperative Education Service, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Chilton, WI Jan Serak , FACETS, Milwaukee, WI Eva Soeka , Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System, Milwaukee, WI The President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education recommended using a facilitated IEP as a method of early conflict prevention between parents and educators. What is that and how is it implemented? The Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System reports on data collected in over 50 cases using a neutral facilitator at IEP meetings. The...

The President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education recommended using a facilitated IEP as a method of early conflict prevention between parents and educators. What is that and how is it implemented? The Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System reports on data collected in over 50 cases using a neutral facilitator at IEP meetings. The data also suggest the method for utilizing stakeholder feedback in designing the process and integrating the facilitation process with an existing mediation system.

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