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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.

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.

The State Performance Plan (SPP) process has contributed to an increased focus on improving State Dispute Resolution Systems. CADRE’s DR SIPE (Dispute Resolution System Integration and Performance Enhancement) provides a mechanism for evaluating and improving state performance across functions for dispute resolution systems (complaints, mediation, due process hearings, etc.). This session will offer a broad overview of DR SIPE and describe recent application of this process in Texas involving partnerships with CADRE and the Southeast Regional Resource Center. This effort has led to the...

As globalization continues to transform our world, effective cross-cultural dispute resolution is a necessity. However, cross-cultural relationships are often characterized by uncertainty and miscommunication. To succeed in the face of profound difference, parties in conflict must work especially hard to effectively communicate and seek understanding. This presentation examines how the obvious and not-so-obvious cultural difference impacts resolution of inter-personal and inter-state (international) disputes. Specifically, the presentation will bring an international perspective to...

Scientific learning about the brain and how it influences the thinking processes about conflict has increased significantly in recent years. How this new information impacts the conflict process is the purpose of this workshop. “Conflict resolution is an art not a science” is something conflict resolution trainers and practitioners often say. This workshop will explore this exciting new arena of the science in order to better understand the art. This new arena gives us a chance to understand the science of conflict resolution and how we can use this learning to encourage cooperation,...

conflicts of everyday life and be accepted as a viable mode of conflict management, then the approach taken must be active, strategic and calculated to constructively redirect the energy of the conflict. Instead of hoping for, or expecting people to be reasonable and thoughtful in the face of conflict, mediators must non-judgmentally accept their more base motivations for power and control as well. If there is an assertive sensibility to this approach, it is because the force and energy that most conflicting parties bring to a dispute must be met by a sufficient counter force if the energy is...

This session will focus on techniques to ensure that a hearing officer meets the IDEA requirement of conducting a hearing in accordance with appropriate, standard legal practice. The presenter will explain his 8 Rules for conducting a Hearing. There will be a discussion of management of the timelines, including monitoring the resolution meeting and recalculating the timelines. Techniques for dealing with difficult attorneys and pro se parties will be explored. Case management strategies will be discussed.

As State complaint investigators know, State complaints can range from expertly-drafted documents that clearly articulate legal issues to barely-legible, incoherent statements alleging wrongs unrelated to the IDEA. This will be a working session where we start by briefly reviewing the requirements related to State complaints. Participants will then dig into hypothetical State complaints and work together to identify approaches to effectively address the complaints, while still meeting the requirements of the IDEA. We will work through complaints such as the “he said, she said” complaints,...

This workshop is intended to help participants understand WHY parents sometimes appear to be “fixated” or “hung-up” on events in the past that appear to others to be irrelevant to the ongoing decision making process of the child’s education, and HOW to get them to focus on the current educational decision making process that all parties need and want to participate in for the benefit of the child.

presenter: Lyn Beekman , Special Education Solutions, Okemos, MI Mediation is good, but can only go so far. Most parents and districts perceive hearings as too costly, too lengthy, and unfair. Lyn will propose an alternative dispute resolution mechanism where the parties develop their own dispute resolution process, which includes addressing the parent-district relationship on an ongoing basis. Step-by-step instructions, as well as sampel agreement provisions, will be provided. (Repeated on Saturday)

Mediation is good, but can only go so far. Most parents and districts perceive hearings as too costly, too lengthy, and unfair. Lyn will propose an alternative dispute resolution mechanism where the parties develop their own dispute resolution process, which includes addressing the parent-district relationship on an ongoing basis. Step-by-step instructions, as well as sampel agreement provisions, will be provided. (Repeated on Saturday)

Mediation is good, but can only go so far. Most parents and districts perceive hearings as too costly, too lengthy, and unfair. Lyn will propose an alternative dispute resolution mechanism where the parties develop their own dispute resolution process, which includes addressing the parent-district relationship on an ongoing basis. Step-by-step instructions, as well as sampel agreement provisions, will be provided.

Public figures making apologies has become a national trend and are so frequent that they can be construed as ritualized. Apology books are common and airlines have created “Apology Officers.” During the last decade, the medical profession has begun the process of institutionalizing apology to respond to “medical errors.” Internet sites, such as “Sorry Works” teach medical staff how to apologize. Literature has been written and programs developed by medical facilities and insurance companies on how to use apologies to reduce lawsuits. This presentation will take the “lessons learned” from the...

This guided discussion will focus on the field markings of a solid mediation program. We will distinguish the working relationships which characterize a trusted and useful program. The presenter is a mediator who has been enmeshed in special education issues for the last thirty six years and has worked as a trainer of mediators often during this period in twenty-one states, Canada and Kenya. He has a keen interest in the development of mediators, which will be a major focus of this discussion. We will pay attention to the coaching and evaluation of mediators.

This interactive presentation will expose the participants to a unique component of the FIEP/FIFSP process that allows the facilitator to gather and exchange issues from both the family and the school district prior to the FIEP/FIFSP meeting in an effort to begin to gain some agreements and orient the FIEP/FIFSP team toward resolution.

This workshop will focus on a PowerPoint that was designed by the Wisconsin Special Education System with input from both parent and district perspectives; including parents, parent groups, advocacy organizations, teachers, and district representatives, as well as the WSEMS mediator/facilitator roster. The workshop will discuss how to make IEP meetings more productive and friendly and is divided into four key areas: People, Process: Preparation and Meeting, Outcome, and Follow-through. Comments by parents and schools will be included in the slides and the presentation will focus on practical...

This will be an interactive workshop on early conflict management practices and innovative training models pioneered at Student Advocacy, Inc., a small agency in suburban New York City that has been in existence for almost 30 years. It serves approximately 1,000 children and teens almost all of whom need special education advocacy. The objective is to showcase a program that combines legal and educational expertise in an effective advocacy approach that has a long track record of resolving disputes at the IEP team level, discuss how a program can be developed on a district by district level,...

This presentation is a 90-minute, interactive training designed to inform participants of a research-based one day training session developed by the Minnesota Department of Education - Special Education Mediation Service, aimed at lessening the number of conflict events which necessitate state intervention.

To review the session handout(s), click on the icon below: Statewide & Districtwide Assessments.pdf Presenter: Cynthia Bryant , Education Program Specialist, OSEP, This session will review changes in IDEA 2004 related to the IEP process. Attention will also be devoted to understanding the implications for the IEP process of some special education students being eligible under NCLB for modified achievement standards and alternate assessments. Time will be afforded for questions from session attendees. A complete version of the "Alternate Achievement Standards for Students with the Most...

This high-energy presentation is for the intermediate case manager/facilitator who facilitates IEP meetings. In this seminar, you will learn 20+ practical and useful tips and techniques to facilitate an IEP meeting, such as avoid common mistakes, deal with difficult personalities, anticipate pitfalls, how to proactively organize the IEP meeting to achieve consensus, and the ever-popular "what do I do when .... " section. This presentation assumes you understand and utilize: (1) conflict resolution skills (Le. neutral reframing, I Statements, interest based negotiation skills) and (2)...

To review the session handout(s), click on the icon below: Brenda Rogers Session 2.2 - Presentation.ppt Presenters: Brenda Rogers , Executive Director, Access Center for Education, Irvine, CA Linda Simpson , Access Center for Education, Irvine, CA This IEP/IFSP participation training helps fill the gap between professionals and parents in IEP/IFSP meetings. This 3-hour skill-building workshop targets parent advocates, dispute resolution coordinators, school personnel such as teachers, administrators, and school psychologists and others interested in effective IEP/IFSP facilitation...

This seminar explores the inherent differences between an internal district member and an external non-district facilitator facilitating an IEP meeting. The advantages and disadvantages of each model will be discussed with an emphasis on determining which model is best for particular situations. Additionally, this seminar will also address which facilitation tools are best applied to either the internal facilitative leader model or the external facilitator model. IEP Facilitation checklists will also be provided for the internal facilitative leader and the external facilitator models.

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