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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 Calendar/Announcements

September 29-October 1 Portland OR
31st Annual Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the Law

Join us at the Red Lion Hotel Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, September 29-October 1, 2014.

September 29 – Optional Mini-Courses
September 30 and October 1 - Institute

New Speakers:

  • Sue Ann Bube, Director, The Center for Change in Transition Services, Seattle, Washington
  • Mary Schillinger, Assistant Superintendent Las Virgenes Unified School District, Simi Valley, California
  • Wayne Stewart, Attorney at Law, Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Old Favorites:

  • Art Cernosia, Attorney at Law/Education Consultant, Williston, Vermont
  • Dave Richards and Jose Martin, Attorneys at Law, Richards Lindsay; Martin LLP, Austin, Texas
  • Julie Weatherly, Attorney at Law/Owner, Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., Mobile, Alabama

New Topics:

  • Fast, Easy Effective FBA: The Underpinnings of Effective BIPs
  • Inclusive Versus Exclusive Practices: Race, Discipline; Disabilities
  • Residential Placements- Current Issues and Trends in Residential Placements

The Red Lion Hotel Jantzen Beach is offering the government per diem room rate to PNW Institute on Special Education and the Law registrants. This discounted rate ends September 10, 2014 or until the room block fills, whichever comes first.

Link to our website for presenter bios and a detailed schedule.

University of Washington, College of Education
Mary Jane Shirakawa
UW Conference Management
Box 359490
Seattle WA 98195-9490
Phone: (206) 221-3936

Special Education Conferences
November 19-20 Newark DE
The Dynamics of Facilitating IEP Meetings

In Two Days You Will...

Learn the role and responsibilities of a facilitator and how to:

  • Prepare for an IEP meeting.
  • Design a collaborative meeting agenda.
  • Facilitate a meeting process that encourages full participation and effective communication.
  • Build agreement and gain consensus.
  • Manage challenging meeting dynamics.

At the conclusion of this training, you will leave with materials that can be modified to enhance your team's productivity.

The trainers have extensive knowledge in special education and dispute resolution.  This training is based on reserach, draws on the trainer's expertise, practice and lessons learned as observers and facilitators in hundreds of IEP meetings, and includes tips that have a proven track record.

Note: Legal issues and system design are not addressed in this training.   

Registration ends October 24, 2014 after which late fees will apply.



University of Delaware
Fran Fletcher, Assoc. Policy Scientist/Co-Trainer
177 Graham Hall
Newark DE 19716 USA
Phone: 302-831-6812

IEP Facilitation Training

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