Objectives for this Symposium

Symposium participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Examine collaborative dispute prevention and conflict management strategies within the expanding continuum of dispute resolution practices in special education and early intervention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Learn about innovations, initiatives, and current research in the field of dispute resolution.
  • Receive information, resources, and guidance related to the design, implementation, and improvement of dispute resolution processes and systems with a focus on virtual environments.
  • Enhance communities of practice, and connect dispute resolution coordinators, practitioners, educators, and parent leaders with each other and nationally renowned experts in the field.
  • Acquire advanced conflict management skills and knowledge critical to the effective resolution of disputes.

Keynote Speaker

Announcing Paul K. Chappell as CADRE's Keynote Speaker for the 8th National Symposium

Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and founder of Peace Literacy. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. Realizing that humanity is facing new challenges that require us to become as well-trained in waging peace as Photo of Paul Chappellsoldiers are in waging war, Chappell created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world.

Chappell grew up in a violent household. Born in 1980, he was raised in Alabama, the son of a Korean mother and a Black father who was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. These experiences were part of what compelled him to forge a new understanding of war, peace, rage, trauma, and our shared humanity.

This understanding is conveyed in his seven-book Road to Peace series. The first six books are Will War Ever End? (2009), The End of War (2010), Peaceful Revolution (2012), The Art of Waging Peace (2013), The Cosmic Ocean (2015), and Soldiers of Peace (2017).

The Peace Literacy Institute offers free curriculum for pre-K through college and adult education. Paul K. Chappell also facilitates professional development workshops with the following learning outcomes: 

Identifying our human needs and the tangles of trauma

Understanding the anatomy of aggression

Building strong and resilient communities

Resolving conflict and learning the power of respect and calm

Understanding emerging digital technologies in terms of human needs 

More information is available at peaceliteracy.org.

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