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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.

Presenter: Jennifer Harris , Ombuds and Policy Analyst, Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds, Seattle, WA This presentation makes the case for using ombuds to resolve conflicts in special education and features Washington State’s independent, state-level Office of the Education Ombuds(OEO) model. OEO encourages an approach to providing conflict resolution services that aligns systemic goals in special education with related goals to improve cultural competence, language access, non-discrimination and equity. OEO's model pursues these values primarily by facilitating parents and educators...

Justice afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), is largely dependent on: 1) the parent’s and educator’s knowledge of the responsibilities and limitations under this law and others, and 2) the parent’s and educator’s ability to effectively advocate their respective positions for the student and work together productively to either prevent disputes or resolve them when they arise. While IDEA specifically requires the dissemination of “procedural safeguards” and school district personnel are specifically trained in special education, little importance is given to...

This fast paced interactive workshop is for anyone who participates or facilitates challenging meetings ( i.e. IEPs, Resolution Sessions, Mediations, etc.). This workshop will provide conflict resolution, negotiation and team building strategies using 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 high prevalence of juveniles with disabilities ending up in the justice system shows that it is impossible to address the School-to-Prison Pipeline without considering the needs of students in special education programs. The Center for Dialogue and Resolution (CDR) runs a Restorative Peer Court Program, where youths who have received citations are diverted from the traditional justice system to voluntarily participate in a restorative justice process. CDR has adapted its program to meet the needs of students with disabilities by offering flexible and reasonable accommodations. By way of...

This session will showcase a grant-funded collaborative project between the Eugene 4J School District Community Transition and Connections Program and the Eugene-based research and development company Cognitopia, in which secondary transition students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities are using prototype web based self-management applications to manage their IEP goals, do their own ongoing progress assessments, and use that information to direct their own IEP meetings. Empowering students to be actively involved in the development of their IEPs and transition goals goes hand in...

This presentation will address the tracking systems currently being used by the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services (ODRAS) to track state complaints, due process hearings, and mediation sessions. Information on each of these dispute resolution processes is tracked from initial receipt of the complaint and due process hearing or mediation request and tracked through issuance of findings or results of the due process hearing or mediation session. Additionally, data collected includes information identifying the specific issues in each...

Any time you find yourself in a meeting where communication is strained, barriers to ideas and suggestions keep getting in the way of moving forward, people are repeating themselves, discussions become unfocused and frustration abounds, grabbing a marker can be the beginning of helping participants work through their differences and problem-solve to a mutually agreeable outcome. No talent necessary! This hands-on and interactive session explores why and how the role of visual problem-solving can offer another tool to aide in creating a successful collaboration.

Presenter: Homer LaRue , Howard University, Columbia, MD This workshop will look at the strengths and weaknesses of the use of voluntary binding arbitration in the special education system. Is it an effective means for resolving issues related to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of a child? Can voluntary binding arbitration assist the parties in finding an efficient and fair method for providing a free appropriate public education to such children?

This workshop will look at the strengths and weaknesses of the use of voluntary binding arbitration in the special education system. Is it an effective means for resolving issues related to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of a child? Can voluntary binding arbitration assist the parties in finding an efficient and fair method for providing a free appropriate public education to such children?

Mediators and facilitators are often confronted with a vexing stew of challenging dynamics in the sessions they conduct. Issues including power disparities, culturally relevant problem solving approaches, ethical dilemmas, option generating bareness, and good old fashioned participant impasse are all within the life of a dispute resolution specialist. Those who serve in the role of a neutral as well as those who train and supervise them will benefit from this workshop that will tap into the collective wisdom of the participants. Bring your most amazing successes along with confounding...

All children love to play "I Spy"--trying to find an object hidden in plain sight among many other objects. This interactive session will include conversations about some of the dispute resolution areas the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) reviews during continuous improvement visits. Participants will have the opportunity to analyze scenarios and "Spy" potential problems in fictitious dispute resolution systems. Participants will then have the chance to talk about difficulties they have encountered implementing the dispute resolution provisions under IDEA.

This interactive presentation will address the unique challenges and logistical needs of students attending his/her facilitated IEP/ETR team meetings or mediation, and how to empower the students to engage in a positive way to help develop the most effective Individualized Education Program or Evaluation Team Report. At the end of the presentation, the participants will be able to: State reasons it is helpful for student involvement in the development of an IEP or ETR; State strategies to engage the student during the development of an IEP or ETR; State steps to adequately prepare the parent...

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