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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

May 1-2 Seattle WA
Seattle, WA Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Sprecial NeedsYouth
Got Problem Kids? Here's your Problem Student Problem-Solver Conference. You name the problems and this workshop delivers hundreds of immediate, problem-stopping answers. You will leave with innovative, more effective strategies for school failure, truancy, dropping out, work refusal, violence, delinquency, bad attitudes, depression and more. College credit and clock hours available. Free sample interventions, and free monthly Problem Student Problem-Solver magazine available at our web site,, or via email (, or call toll-free to 1-800-545-5736. Work-study financial aid available for all classes. Call for details. Coming to many cities around the US. Also available as distance learning. Call 1-800-545-5736 for information and a workshop flyer. College credit and clock hours for many disciplines offered for both live and recorded classes. On-site workshops can also be scheduled for your school, agency or conference. This class also makes a terrific fund raiser if you host the event and invite area professionals to attend. Call us at 1-800-545-5736 or visit our web site at for more details. If you have problem kids, we can help.
Youth Change
Ruth Wells
Phone: 503-982-4220

Special Education Resources
June 11-16 Fairfax VA
International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE): Developing & Implementing Culturally Inclusive Conflict Resolution Education Policies & Practices in K-12 & H.E.

George Mason University’s Undergraduate Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution is partnering with schools, colleges, universities and governmental and non-governmental organizations around the globe to host the next International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) June 11th - 16th, 2014 in Fairfax, Virginia. This year’s conference focuses on culturally inclusive CRE related policies and practices that are being applied at a local level, such as within individual schools, colleges , or universities, and at a more macro level, within countries. Work which takes into consideration the various important aspects of cultural identity specific to the communities in which the policies and practices are implemented will be highlighted. These aspects of cultural identity may include, but are not limited to, race, religion, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, ability, gender, and/or sexual orientation. On-site events include a networking meeting for colleges and universities developing peace and conflict studies programs, June 12th, 6:30PM - 9:30PM and a capacity building seminar for colleges and universities developing peace and conflict studies programs on June 15th - 16th, 2014.

The 2014 conference builds upon prior conferences in 2004 - 2013 in Ohio, which brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and around the globe and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in conflict resolution education and related fields. The annual audience includes college/university educators and students, K-12 educators, prevention specialists, and state, local, national and international policy makers.

International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)
Jennifer Batton
Phone: 1-703-993-1300

Conflict Resolution Conferences
June 26-27 Bethlehem PA
Special Education Law Symposium/ALJ/IHO Institute

ALJ/IHO Institute

  • The two-day inaugural ALJ/IHO Institute is open only to individuals who serve as administrative law judges or impartial hearing officers in IDEA cases.
  • The ALJ/IHO Institute offers twelve hours of content, subject to Pennsylvania CLE credit. Topics include a) National Case Law Update; b) Prehearing Procedures; c) Conducting the Hearing I: Efficiency; d) Conducting the Hearing II: Pro Se Parents and Lay Advocates; e) Remedies, and f) Decision Writing.
  • Featured presenters: Deusdedi Merced (former chief hearing officer, Washington, DC), Edward Bauer (administrative law judge, Florida), Justyn Bates (chief review officer, New York), and Dr. Perry Zirkel (former review officer, Pennsylvania). Featured ALJ/IHO panelists: Tom Badway (Connecticut), Lucius Bunton (Texas), Dr. Robert Doyle (Arkansas), Bernadette Laughlin (Ohio), Erin Leff (New Mexico and Washington, DC), Ann Lockwood (Texas), J. Bernard McClellan (Maryland), Barry Moscowitz (New Jersey), Lynn Rubinett (Texas), Cathy Skidmore (Pennsylvania), and Dr. Linda Valentini (Pennsylvania).
  • The Institute is available on two alternative bases – 1) on-campus registration for both days, one day, or for the week-long symposium; or 2) via webcast to states for remote participation and for archived on-line use.
  • The cost for the first option is a special Institute two-day rate of $535, or the following regular symposium registration rates: $295 for one day, or $995 for the entire week-long symposium.
  • For the webcast option, the cost to states is $1,950 for two days or $1,100 for one day, no matter how many individuals view the webcast (which includes text-chat interaction) and/or subsequently view the archived sessions on-line through December 2014.
  • Twelve CLE credits are available for the ALJ/IHO Institute (application pending) through the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.  As many states have reciprocal agreements with PA for CLE credits, please check with your state's CLE board to determine if credits will be accepted.

Lehigh University
Perry Zirkel
Phone: 610-758-5557

Special Education Conferences

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