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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.

What, if anything, reasonably provides mediation consumers with confidence about the quality of mediators’ services? The expansion and maturation of mediation as a practice has understandably (and laudably) led many to begin to focus attention on questions of quality assurance. Those who care about mediation might wisely look to other practices or professions for indicators of what mechanisms are most effective. Why are we confident that the doctor we have chosen will not be lousy? The lawyer? The plumber? The tattoo artist? It turns out that, regardless of the context, whatever confidence we...

A hearing officer and state level representatives discuss the benefits and challenges of facilitated resolution meetings, to include how personality and work style of the parties, as well as the culture of the particular state, impact the success (or failure) of this early resolution tool.

CADRE’s second Facilitated IEP Workgroup has proven successful in spurring growth and results for states involved in the project. This panel presentation will explore the initiation, implementation, future directions and lessons learned of four states: Georgia, New Jersey, West Virginia and Missouri. Time will include a chance for audience questions.

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IEP facilitation related to locus of control and conflict management issues can become necessary due to issues embedded in IEP Team makeup as a result of regulatory expectations and LEA training issues. Special education legislation originated in Massachusetts, and over the past 10 years prior learned practices in districts have had to be extinguished and new processes put in place to meet IDEA requirements and OSEP findings. This presentation will involve an overview of how practices internalized by organizations combine with regulatory expectations to move the focus from IEP development to...

During this three hour skill-building interactive presentation the participants will: Explore the goal, purpose and best practices of the IEP/IFSP Facilitation process. Understand the role of the IEP/IFSP Facilitator with associated responsibilities. Investigate the principles of an innovative style of the IEP/IFSP facilitator as the Guardian of Team Collaboration with Chairperson Support. Recognize the value of some best practice preparations of the IEP/IFSP Facilitator and participants. Identify the support level of the Facilitator before, during, and after the Facilitated IEP/IFSP Meeting...

With the new ADR options mandatory as part of the Reauthorization of IDEA 2004, the Facilitated IEP/IFSP is an early intervention option that can be extremely effective if implemented correctly. During this 3 hour skill-building interactive presentation the participants will: Explore the goal, purpose and requirements of a facilitated IEP/IFSP meeting; Recognize the role of the Facilitator to include what a Facilitator is and is not; Recognize the role of the participants; Identify the before, during, and after steps along with associated tasks of the Facilitated IEP/IFSP Meeting process;...

This presentation will provide attendees with specific information on the highly successful Independent Child Advocate Program. We will include detailed information on all aspects of the program's design and implementation including referral, intake, case management, data gathering, intervention strategies, historical resolution data and case tracking forms. This information will allow attendees to replicate this model that embraces the values of collaboration, cooperation and effective communication while focusing on maintaining respectful and effective working relationships between parents...

As one of the components of the SELPA’s ADR program, the Independent Child Advocate has had an eleven year track record of resolving ninety percent of all cases referred. This model program (administered by a local not-for-profit community based advocacy organization) has been embraced by the community (forty school districts) as an effective, efficient and highly trusted program that focuses on reaching mutually agreeable solutions to complex and contentious special education disputes, thereby avoiding costly state level intervention. Emphasis is placed on directing the conversation towards...

The culture in which a person lives impacts their attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Offering culturally responsive services to a broad range of individuals takes mindfulness and intentionality. No matter the cultural context, all individuals must be valued and honored for who they are. The presentation will focus on the use of asset vs deficit based language, and building meaningful relationships. The speaker will share promising practices for working in rural, suburban, and urban settings using a culturally responsive trauma-informed lens and share strategies for self-care and...

As humans we are wired for empathy and the need for interpersonal connections. Empathy begins developing in early childhood but must be actively practiced over a lifetime. Based on current research, leading with empathy can assist individuals and teams in dealing with internal and external conflict. Empathy encourages individuals to approach interactions with an attitude to connect and understand, rather than to win. This interactive session will allow participants the opportunity to explore empathy as a tool for improving human connections and assisting in the team process.

In this highly interactive session, special education law expert Jim Gerl will present an update on major developments in the law including the two recent supreme court decisions as well as certain select hot button issues in special education law including the following: bullying; seclusion/restraint; bad economy; autism; mediation; etc. Rather than present hundreds of cases about special education, this session will focus on a much smaller number of leading decisions on the more interesting hot topics. Participants will participate in the session and will learn about the Supreme Court...

Presenter: Jim Gerl , Special Education Law Blog, Lewisburg, WV In this highly interactive session, special education law expert Jim Gerl will present an update on major developments in the law on certain select hot button issues in special education law. Among the issues that will likely be covered are the following: bullying; seclusion/restraint; bad economy; autism; mediation; parents' right to participate; LRE; discipline; etc. Rather than present hundreds of cases about special education, this session will focus on a much smaller number of leading decisions on the more interesting hot...

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), NJ’s PTI, worked with NJ’s early intervention system and the Boggs Center, NJ’s UCEDD, to develop a framework, policies, and procedures for NJ’s early intervention system’s dispute resolution system. The dispute resolution system includes Family Support Coordinators at Regional Early Intervention Collaboratives and an EI Procedural Safeguards Office that includes regional parent dispute resolution support and a Statewide Procedural Safeguards Coordinator. SPAN, the UCEDD, Disability Rights NJ (the P&A), and EI system staff have provided...

Presenters: Anita Engiles , Mediation Specialist, CADRE, Eugene, OR Melissa Mueller , Social Worker, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC While there are established programs and a growing dialogue regarding student-led IEP’s, youth involvement in peer mediation and parent/teen mediation, relatively little information has surfaced on the inclusion of students with disabilities in their special education mediations. How does a student’s presence affect the relationship between the parties? Does the student’s presence impact the power of the mediation agreement? What role does the...

While there are established programs and a growing dialogue regarding student-led IEP’s, youth involvement in peer mediation and parent/teen mediation, relatively little information has surfaced on the inclusion of students with disabilities in their special education mediations. How does a student’s presence affect the relationship between the parties? Does the student’s presence impact the power of the mediation agreement? What role does the student’s age play in determining the appropriateness of his or her participation? This interactive session will explore the benefits of and...

This presentation will encompass the following skill development: 1) How to determine needed skills for high quality local IEP meetings. 2) How to distribute training in those skills in a manner which includes stakeholders. 3) How to replicate specific skills (communication, collaboration and conflict management)taught in MDE's latest state trainings for local lEP members. 4)The context of those trainings, referencing a past training and future areas of need. Participant outcomes: Participants will leave MDE's three-hour seminar able to replicate MDE's ability to develop training for IEP...

Many times the IEP form and the short amount of time allotted for IEP meetings are what drive the process. This can lead to parents feeling like their voices haven’t been heard and educators frustrated that their professional input is not appreciated. Team members need to be able to Think Outside the IEP Boxes and instead allow for Possibility Thinking time prior to the IEP meeting. Parents and educators can have collaborative problem solving sessions prior to IEP meetings and then transfer the ideas and solutions to the IEP document during a formal IEP meeting. This interactive session will...

The three presenters each work as consultants and/or employees for school districts throughout California with the purpose of identifying disputes early and working to resolve them or preventing disputes by developing training and programs for all stakeholders to assist in relationship-building and improved processes. This 90 minute workshop will provide an overview of the approaches used by each presenter, with the strengths and pitfalls of each program. Together they will provide insight into the needs they observe for creating even more capable school sites, Districts, and SELPA’s. The...

IEP meeting facilitation has been around since 1998 when JDL Associates developed the process. Participants will learn about IEP Meeting Facilitation and the benefits for utilizing the facilitation process to build and improve strong relationships among the IEP team members so that a high quality IEP is developed and implemented. Specific tools and techniques will be presented so that participants can walk away and implement those techniques. Discussion about eliminating conflict and resolving it when it occurs will be presented. When school districts implement the facilitated IEP meeting...

Objectives for the session: 1. Provide an awareness and understanding of trust types as they relate to organizational effectiveness. 2. Provide an opportunity for participants to examine the trust types as they relate to their mutual efforts with their clients and with each other as colleagues. Research provides strong evidence that schools and organizations with a high degree of trust among educators/staff and staff to parent/client are far more likely to make and sustain the kinds of changes that help them reach their goals and outcomes – than those organizations where there is little or no...

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