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National Community of Practice on Creating Agreement

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Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

This Creating Agreement Workgroup is a collaboration between the IDEA Partnership, the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) www.directionservice.org/cadre and representatives (see list below) from national and state organizations who share a fundamental interest in the prevention and early resolution of special education disagreements. Fundamental to this collaboration is the belief that training and technical assistance is more effective when there is meaningful stakeholder involvement - content is developed by stakeholder groups and delivered to blended audiences that represent different perspectives. The Workgroup developed a basic presentation and skill-building activities on conflict resolution with the purpose of reaching and informing a wider network of people. The information is also disseminated deeper into their own networks and presented to other organizations where early dispute resolution is an important issue. Important Underlying Assumptions of Our Work: • Training acquires power when developed by a broad cross-section of stakeholders representing varying organizational interests. • Training is more effective when delivered to blended audiences (parents, school personnel and other groups). • Training is more likely to be trusted when delivered by teams of presenters who represent the stakeholders who are present in the audience. • Precious financial resources are best applied to conflict prevention and early dispute resolution reducing the demand for expensive, adversarial processes. • When families, schools and other providers are working well together, students’ programs are more effectively designed and delivered. Ultimately, learning and behavior is enhanced. Stakeholder Group: • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)- Sandra Schefkind, Carol Gryde, Remy Pai • American Association of School Administrators (AASA)- Carol Auer • CADRE- Marshall Peter, Phil Moses, John Reiman, Dick Zeller • Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)- Luann Purcell, Nissan Bar-Lev • National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)- Maureen Hollowell • National Education Association (NEA)- Judy Richards • National Fiesta Educativa- Lorena Morales • School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)- Steve Button • New Jersey Region 1 PTAC@SPAN/NJ- Diana Autin • New York /Long Island Families Together- Helene Fallon • WI FACETS- Charlotte Price, Nelsinia Ramos • Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS)- Jan Serak, Nissan Bar-Lev We encourage you to join our e-mail list. This Creating Agreement Workgroup was formed as a result of the collaboration between the IDEA Partnership and the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution for Special Education (CADRE) national center. The Workgroup is made up of various national and state organizations with the intent of modeling cross stakeholder collaboration around a common issue—early dispute resolution. The Workgroup developed a basic presentation and skill-building activities on conflict resolution with the purpose of reaching and informing a wider network of people. The information is also disseminated deeper into their own networks and presented to other organizations where early dispute resolution is an important issue.

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