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  • Michigan Special Education Mediation Program Receives Positive Evaluations
    facilitating the listening of all participants to each other so that concerns could be discussed I would recommend that if people are hesitant I would gladly lend support the use of mediation Recent mediation participants wrote these comments on the evaluation form that the Michigan Special Education Mediation Program MSEMP provides to all mediation participants The results of these evaluations are compiled quarterly and used to assist program staff with maintaining high quality mediation services for special education disputes The evaluation asks several questions with short prompted answers as well as gives participants the opportunity to provide longer written feedback The evaluation also allows participants to identify themselves by title During the first 3 quarters of the 2000 2001 program year July 1 2000 March 31 2001 for example 50 of the evaluation respondents were school employees 24 2 were parents 16 7 were advocates or attorneys 1 5 were students and 7 5 were others such as other family members therapists or consultants The evaluations demonstrate that mediation participants find out about mediation in many different ways During the current program year 36 6 of respondents first heard about special education mediation from their local school 21 1 from the ISD 22 5 by other which often means they were invited to participate in mediation through the intake process 8 5 from a parent advocacy organization 5 6 from a presentation 2 8 from this newsletter and 2 8 from the Department of Education The following summarizes answers to other key questions on evaluations received during the July 1 2000 March 31 2001 time period from 66 mediation participants The question as it appears on the evaluation is listed below followed by answers in percentage terms Please note that due to rounding all answers may not add up to

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  • Preparing For Mediation
    For Mediation Email this Print this I have been having serious disagreements with my son s school district over his educational program and placement I m scheduled to go to a mediation How might I best prepare We are very supportive of your desire to resolve differences with the school district through mediation Our strong belief is that parents educators service providers and ultimately children and youth benefit when adversarial encounters are avoided and differences are resolved through positive communication and collaboration While mediation is typically an informal process especially compared to a due process hearing we strongly recommend that you take some time and prepare in advance Here are some suggestions we hope will assist you in your preparations Make sure you bring documents that you think will be helpful to the mediation Organize the documents in a way that makes sense to you and so that they are easily located It might help to arrange the documents by date Your file might include copies of evaluations IEP s correspondence medical reports and other information One of the powerful aspects of mediation is that any concerns you have about your child s education are open for discussion The mediation is an opportunity for you and the school to address any issues related to your child s education program and make suggestions for your child s IEP team to consider and adopt It may be helpful to create an outline of the issues or areas of concern you wish to raise with the school or even to compose a complete narrative or story Having your thoughts and the important points you hope to share written down and in front of you will help you communicate your concerns in a meaningful way and ensure that you don t leave out any

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  • ADR Options
    Members Español Additional Resources For Mediators IDEA Legal Locate Professionals Locate Trainers Preparing for Dispute Resolution Processes Research Evaluation State Information Systems Design Training Resources Part C Early Intervention CADRE Products State Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase Parent Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase CADRE Webinars Calendar This document does not offer formal policy guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education Subscribe to The CADRE

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  • Five Steps to Choosing a Qualified Mediator
    disagreements about special education and early intervention programs CADRE Resources Home CADRE Continuum Literature Database For Family Members Español Additional Resources For Mediators IDEA Legal Locate Professionals Locate Trainers Preparing for Dispute Resolution Processes Research Evaluation State Information Systems Design Training Resources Part C Early Intervention CADRE Products State Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase Parent Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase CADRE Webinars Calendar This document does not offer formal policy guidance from

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  • Sample Mediation Ground Rules
    Español Additional Resources For Mediators IDEA Legal Locate Professionals Locate Trainers Preparing for Dispute Resolution Processes Research Evaluation State Information Systems Design Training Resources Part C Early Intervention CADRE Products State Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase Parent Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase CADRE Webinars Calendar This document does not offer formal policy guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education Subscribe to The CADRE Caucus WHAT S CADRE CAUCUS Share CADRE Tweet This site is funded by Subscribe to CADRE s Practitioner List Serve WHAT S PRACTITIONER LIST SERVE Sample Mediation Ground Rules Email this Print this We will take turns speaking and not interrupt each other We will call each other by our first names not he or she We will not blame attack or engage in put downs and will ask questions of each other for the purposes of gaining clarity and understanding only We will stay away from establishing hard positions and express ourselves in terms of our personal needs and interests and the outcomes we wish to realize We will listen respectfully and sincerely try to understand the other person s needs and interests We recognize that even if we do not agree with it each of us is entitled to our own perspective We will not dwell on things that did not work in the past but instead will focus on the future we would like to create We will make a conscious sincere effort to refrain from unproductive arguing venting or narration and agree at all times to use our time in mediation to work toward what we perceive to be our fairest and most constructive agreement possible We will speak up if something is not working for us in mediation We will request a break when we need

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  • CADRE Webinar ~ Moving Research to Practice: Lessons Learned Regarding Meaningful Home-School Collaboration
    Legal Locate Professionals Locate Trainers Preparing for Dispute Resolution Processes Research Evaluation State Information Systems Design Training Resources Part C Early Intervention CADRE Products State Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase Parent Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase CADRE Webinars Calendar This document does not offer formal policy guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education Subscribe to The CADRE Caucus WHAT S CADRE CAUCUS Share CADRE

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  • A Tale of Two Conversations
    Locate Professionals Locate Trainers Preparing for Dispute Resolution Processes Research Evaluation State Information Systems Design Training Resources Part C Early Intervention CADRE Products State Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase Parent Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase CADRE Webinars Calendar This document does not offer formal policy guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education Subscribe to The CADRE Caucus WHAT S CADRE CAUCUS Share CADRE Tweet This site is funded by Subscribe to CADRE s Practitioner List Serve WHAT S PRACTITIONER LIST SERVE A Tale of Two Conversations Email this Print this These two videos which were developed by the Office for Dispute Resolution http odr pa org in Pennsylvania feature Dixie Trinen and Suzanne McDougall The first video shows an example of two people having a difficult conversation using poor communication skills The second video shows how the same conversation can be conducted in a way that leads to significantly enhanced communication both require Adobe Flash player a free download We recommend that you view the Listening video and Understanding Positions Interests video in our Working Together suite of resources before viewing A Tale of Two Conversations If you are interested in more in depth

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  • Listening
    Design Training Resources Video Resources The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs CADRE Resources Home CADRE Continuum Literature Database For Family Members Español Additional Resources For Mediators IDEA Legal Locate Professionals Locate Trainers Preparing for Dispute Resolution Processes Research Evaluation State Information Systems Design Training Resources Part C Early Intervention CADRE Products State Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase Parent Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase CADRE Webinars Calendar This document does not offer formal policy guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education Subscribe to The CADRE Caucus WHAT S CADRE CAUCUS Share CADRE Tweet This site is funded by Subscribe to CADRE s Practitioner List Serve WHAT S PRACTITIONER LIST SERVE Listening Email this Print this Flash video Listening This video is 07 57 requires Adobe Flash player a free download Transcript of flash video in Adobe PDF Format Please note that this presentation will not start until it has completely loaded onto your computer This could take a minute or more depending on the speed of your Internet connection Captions The video is

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