ERIC Number: ED399735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Mediation in Special Education: A Resource Manual for Mediators. Revised and Updated.
Schrag, Judy A.
This resource manual presents information on mediation practices in special education disagreements between the school and parents. The manual provides an overview of requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and gives definitions for alternative dispute resolution processes, such as arbitration and litigation. A chart shows the differences between mediation, due process hearings, and litigation. The manual explains the benefits of mediation and the qualifications, skills, and abilities a mediator should possess. Information is provided on how to prepare for mediation and how to conduct the mediation. The different phases of the mediation are described. They include: (1) the introduction/opening statement (a sample is provided); (2) fact finding, with statements by each mediation party; (3) collaboration and discussion; (4) the caucus; and (5) reconvening the joint session. Finally, information on how to conclude the mediation is provided. Commonly asked questions about mediation are answered. Appendices include sample mediation agreements, sample evaluation forms, and rules of mediation. (Contains 15 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.