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This skill-building session will focus on writing; a written final product is critical for all types of special education dispute resolution. We are among many other things professional writers. Hearing officers must write a decision; mediators and resolution session participants will likely need to draft a settlement agreement if the dispute is resolved; and state complaint investigators must write up the report of the investigation. In this interesting and interactive session, those in attendance will participate in the session and will learn about the common factors and the differences...

The presenters will discuss cloud-based case management and the use of electronic communication in dispute resolution generally. The presenters suggest that “we are all online dispute resolvers” and that dispute resolution is becoming more a “choreography of communication” than a discrete physical event. Various modalities of communication will be considered along with the issues of confidentiality and security, asynchrony, digital accountability and the digital divide.

OSEP will discuss trends, innovative practices, and pitfalls identified through its review of States’ dispute resolution systems. The discussion will focus on the importance of establishing and implementing accurate tracking systems to ensure valid and reliable dispute resolution data, ensuring alignment of any alternate dispute resolution practices with IDEA requirements, and consistently implementing and disseminating clearly written dispute resolution policies and procedures. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions, since the majority of the session will involve a dive into...

This session will provide an update on the policy letters related to dispute resolution since the 2013. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a questions and answers on session with OSEP staff focused on dispute resolution.

To review the session handout(s), click on the icon below: Presenters: Charlotte Price , WI FACETS, Milwaukee, WI Nelsinia Ramos Rojas , WI FACETS, Miwaukee, WI Don Rosin , Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council Native American Family Empowerment Center, Lac du Flambeau, WI Jan Serak , WI FACETS, Milwaukee, WI Patricia Williams , WI Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison, WI One year of program evaluation data from the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System’s Facilitated IEP Pilot Project will be shared by WI Dept. of Public Instruction staff (invited). Staff from WI FACETS and Great Lakes...

One year of program evaluation data from the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System’s Facilitated IEP Pilot Project will be shared by WI Dept. of Public Instruction staff (invited). Staff from WI FACETS and Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council Parent Training and Information Centers will discuss their perspectives. Topics to be covered include: parent involvement in a broad stakeholder-designed system, impact on parents of a neutral intake process and external facilitation, parent-educator stakeholder awareness, helping parents understand when to request a FIEP or mediation, preparing and...

This presentation will focus on strategies to create a culturally responsive school climate that will efficiently and effectively resolve special education disputes. Special attention will be paid to the possible contributory factors of inter-cultural conflicts that may occur during the IEP process and during the course of mediation. Cultural proficiency continuum will be explored and analyzed for best practices. Practical strategies will be identified and discussed using a sampling of case studies to facilitate IEP meetings, mediations as well as resolve cultural conflicts that might evolve...

Respectful relationships and clarity of communication are the foundational building blocks to functioning and forward thinking as a team. Teams often come to an impasse when there is a breakdown in communication or they get stuck in a stance. Everyone has an opinion and emotion behind a proposal. The best decisions are made when they are child-centered, evidence-based, and data-driven. Mistakes will be made, and the key to resolution and failing forward is the ability to have a discussion where people are heard and valued. This presentation will: teach techniques to re-frame conflict as...

Parents often come to the facilitated IEP meeting or to a special education mediation at a distinct disadvantage or power imbalance. They frequently 'know' what they know from listening to other parents, service coordinators, or private service providers. Those third parties may have no more accurate information or successful strategies than the parent. It is similar to being asked to play a game not knowing the rules, how to prepare, the strategies, or even how the outcome will be determined. This presentation will provide a framework by which parents may play the game. The framework can be...

The presentation will be a synopsis of the following research and a discussion of how to effectively apply the results to the creation of an IEP training program for teachers. Parent participation in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings is a requirement of the IDEA. While the goal of this stipulation is that parents are meaningfully involved in their children’s educational planning, the reality has often been quite different. The current study aims to discover if teachers can speak to parents in a way that encourages them to participate more actively. Furthermore, in what ways can...

This presentation will give attention to recent research findings from FINE (Harvard)Center for Social Organization of Schools and CADRE, as well as the Joyce Epstein Model of Parent Involvement. Legal mandates for parent involvement will be reviewed. The Parent Mentors will speak on the topic of successful family-school partnership including barriers and benefits to partnerships. The parent perspective of coming to the table with educators will be presented, including cultural issues of Hispanic families. The process of empowering parents and strategies to increase and improve family...

Presenter: Michael Opuda , Special Education Consultant, Drummond, Woodsum & MacMahon , Portland, ME Special education has been described as a “wait to fail” model for educational intervention. Similarly, special education mediation can be described as a “wait for crisis” model of dispute resolution. A challenge for schools is to prevent legitimate education concerns from escalating into legalistic disputes. This presentation will identify indicators of dispute escalation and offer solutions to prevent and de-escalate the conflict.

Special education has been described as a “wait to fail” model for educational intervention. Similarly, special education mediation can be described as a “wait for crisis” model of dispute resolution. A challenge for schools is to prevent legitimate education concerns from escalating into legalistic disputes. This presentation will identify indicators of dispute escalation and offer solutions to prevent and de-escalate the conflict.

This presentation will discuss the relative merits of the IDEA's current due process structure and some proposals to reform the structure.This presentation will focus on both mandated and voluntary dispute resolution mechanisms. Particular areas to highlight are (a) the use of IEP facilitation as an "upstream" dispute resolution mechanism; (b) the efficacy of the mandated resolution session as an early dispute resolution mechanism; (c) the relative merits of a one-tier v. two-tier due process structures; and (d) proposals to add new dispute resolution mechanisms such as voluntary, binding...

This session will include overviews of powerful, forward-looking dispute-resolution initiatives and partnerships unfolding in Pennsylvania, including a new Parent Engagement Project, collaboration with the community-based HUNE (Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales), hearing officer settlement conferences, and “virtual hearings”—the use of videoconference technology in conducting due process hearings. As a state with a high volume of complaints, Pennsylvania continually seeks ways to promote engagement and efficiency in dispute resolution. Each initiative/partnership has presented unique...

This presentation will explore the applicability of special education mediation to the Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) process. A Manifestation Determination Review occurs when a student with a disability is suspended in order to determine whether the student’s disability, or the failure of the school district to provide the services required by the student’s IEP or 504 plan, was the direct cause of the actions for which the student was suspended. Under the IDEA and state laws, a student with an IEP or a 504 plan who is removed from her current educational program for more than ten...

Due process hearings are financially and emotionally straining, yet very few studies have investigated previous hearings for the use of proactive planning. This session will present a descriptive analysis of 575 hearings from 41 States during the 2005-2006 year. Participants will explore trends with petitioner, disability, dispute, and outcome data. Following this discussion, data from a qualitative study about facilitated IEPs will also be described and discussed as an alternative to due process hearings. Participants will walk away with a good understanding of the special education climate...

Presenters: Brenda Brown , Special Ed Parent, Washington, DC Kelly Evans , Executive Director, State Enforcement and Investigations, DCPS Hearing Office, Washington, DC Sheldon Krantz , Piper Rudnick LLP, Washington, DC Marshall Peter , Director, CADRE, Eugene, OR Deborah Spitz , DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Washington, DC Joseph Tulman , Professor of Law, U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington, DC Ellen Wayne , Assistant Professor, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD District of Columbia Public Schools have exceptionally high use of due process hearings when...

District of Columbia Public Schools have exceptionally high use of due process hearings when compared to other education agencies in the nation. Recognizing the resultant enormous costs and administrative challenges, a number of private individuals and entities conducted an extensive analysis of the underlying issues and developed an action plan to begin to shift conflict resolution to less adversarial processes. This session will trace the evolution of this effort and identify future directions.

When we understand what is happening in the brain during conflict, and how empathy helps to regulate both parties within a conflict, we can see the blocks to mutual understanding with more clarity. This helps us to strategize early conflict management with an eye to our ultimate goal: an outcome with maximum response to the needs of both child and education provider. In this session we will explore a more precise understanding of empathy and begin to see where it occurs in the negotiation process. We will experience the empathy approach provided by Nonviolent Communication, and investigate...

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