Special Education Mediation

     Mediating Special Education Disputes (6 CE Credits) Mediation is now an option for parents dissatisfied with school district decisions about their children with special needs. Learn to help parents and schools come to a solution that provides an optimal educational benefit for these special children. (Online and on-site Classes Available - See Below)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles children with disabilities to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Parents and school officials sometimes disagree on what special education services and placement a child should receive under this right. Mediation, which has an overall success rate of more than 85% is the preferred approach as it is more likely to repair rather than damage relationships between parents and the school district attended by their child.

Q: What is mediation?

A: Mediation is assisted negotiation which the parties have voluntarily chosen. The discussion is confidential, allowing people to speak in an unguarded manner, without being concerned about being quoted at a later date. This allows a flexibility in the negotiation process which conflict usually removes. The parties in the mediation self-determine the outcome. What does this mean? You select the process and you are in charge of the outcome.


Q: How does mediation work

in special education issues?


A: Mediators seek to interrupt old and unproductive cycles of interaction. One of the mediator’s tasks is to ensure that each person at the table has a full voice and is heard. They pay attention to the comfort level of the participants, providing what is needed for people to be at their best as negotiators. They work to focus the discussion by asking questions and summarizing key points, identifying the issues, framing them carefully. They manage the issues and attend to sequence, timing and development. They facilitate a methodical process for people to move from voicing and revisiting a student’s circumstances to evaluating the usefulness and benefit of possible outcomes. They carefully conduct a process without directing the outcome. Bringing a mediator into the review of a student’s needs changes the way people communicate with each other, changes the process and, as a result, brings new possibilities for outcomes.

Q: Are Online Mediation Sessions Available?

A: Yes. We provide both Online Mediation Services and On-site Mediation Services. The benefits of holding mediation sessions online include (1) the elimination of travel time and travel costs for all attendees; and (2) participation from a comfortable location, which often lessens anxiety.

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Q. What should Parents and School Districts 

expect from a mediator?


A: A mediator should act in a way which doesn’t leave anyone with a perception of bias or unequal attention or treatment. Participants should feel no coercion from the mediator. A mediator should be competent to conduct a process where people can feel comfortable discussing difficult issues which concern them. The mediator should be knowledgeable of federal special education law and regulation, state education law and regulation as well as key case law. This is important to make sure that rights and obligations are fairly represented. Mediation provides some degree of flexibility in a highly regulated area. However, mediated agreements should reflect the guarantees in the framework of law and regulation.


Q: When should mediation be requested?


A: Mediation must be jointly requested by parents and a school district. The earlier it is requested, the better. Continuing to bring the IEP Team back to the table with the same participants, same room, same agenda, same format, bears decreasing returns. Bringing in a mediator introduces a skilled and impartial facilitator to the table. A mediator helps people re-examine their thinking, assumptions and conclusions and encourages fresh thinking.

Special Education Mediation Training

Conflict Resolution Training offers Special Education Mediation Training for special education teachers and professionals interested in resolving organizational disputes in government settings and IEP disputes in educational settings. The best part is that we offer both live interactive online courses as well as on-site classes to make earning credits toward your certification easier than ever.

Whether online or on-site, our mediation training courses for special education professionals feature an exciting combination of group exercises, live interactive lectures and collaborative learning. Conflict Resolution Training is the only mediation training company approved for Continuing Education Units in every state in the U.S.

If you complete our online Special Education Mediation program, you'll be able to offer mediation services in any U.S. state, not just your home state.

Benefits of Becoming a Special Education Mediator

When you become a special education mediator, you can provide valuable services to parents, students and school districts. CRT offers online mediation courses for special education teachers in every state. Our instructors have expertise in multiple grievance processes, negotiation techniques, conflict resolution systems and litigation. 

As a special education mediator, you'll make sure that every individual's voice is heard — whether they're parents, students, teachers or other education professionals. As a mediator, you'll bring an unbiased perspective to the table and help all involved re-examine their ideas as well as come to new conclusions. 

When you enroll in mediation training for special education professionals at CRT, you'll have the option to take live online courses from experienced instructors and be able to work in any U.S. state. If you're a professional looking to receive Continuing Education Units or CEUs to put toward licensure maintenance, you can do that as well.

In our mediation training courses for special education professionals, you'll learn about:

  • Federal special education law and regulation

  • State education law and regulation

  • Key case law 

How Can I Start Mediating IEPs?

To start mediating IEPs, you must first complete CRT's Special Education Mediation Training either online or at one of our locations. 

Special Education Online Courses for CEUs

CRT is approved for Continuing Education Units in every U.S. state, and our online Special Education Mediation courses go toward licensure maintenance for special education professionals. Conflict Resolution Training offers online mediation courses for special education teachers in the morning, afternoon and evening at various times throughout the year to accommodate a wide range of schedules. 

Special Education Mediation Training Events

If you'd rather learn about Special Education Mediation Training from an on-site instructor, we offer in-person courses throughout the year. We provide Special Education Mediation Training courses in various U.S. cities, including:

  • Hershey, PA

  • San Francisco, CA

  • Sonoma, CA

  • Bloomington, IL

  • Fairfax, VA

  • Decatur, GA

  • Atlantic City, NJ

  • Washington, DC

  • Kennebunkport, ME

  • Chicago, IL

  • Albany, NY

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Reno, NV

  • Syracuse, NY

  • Long Island, NY

  • Boulder, CO

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • St. Louis, MO

  • Allentown, PA

Register for a Class and Start Mediating IEPs Right Away!

Are you ready to grow your employment opportunities or learn how to successfully and empathetically mediate IEPs? If so, enroll in CRT's mediation training for special education professionals by reserving your spot today!

For more information about our Special Education Mediation Training and other online mediation courses, feel free to contact a representative online or by phone at 800.306.1020 today.