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Many disagreements can be avoided or resolved early by using skills that promote collaboration. These skills include active listening, framing issues in a neutral fashion, “I” statements and brainstorming.

Special Education Mediation Services offers workshops that teach these skills for use in IEP and other special education meetings. The workshops can be taken individually or as a series. They also can be tailored to fit the needs of specific school districts and parent groups.

The workshops in the series are:

  • Essential Skills for IEP Team Meetings
  • Collaboration in the IEP Process
  • Collaborative Leadership for IEP Team Meetings
  • Sustaining IEP Team Meeting Skills

SEMS also offers workshops on the following subjects:

  • Diversity Awareness & Nonverbal Communication
  • Transition: How to Plan, Implement & Succeed
  • Conflict Resolution in Special Education

To schedule a workshop, complete the online Training Services Request form.

Related Resources

Recent publications and videos from the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) and other research organizations can help families and educators understand and prepare for collaborative dispute resolution.

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