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Monday, March 16
 

7:30am

Check in and Breakfast
Monday March 16, 2020 7:30am - 8:45am

8:45am

Keynote: The Art and Science of an Apology: Understanding How the Best Person, at the Best Time, in The Best Way Creates All the Difference
The opening plenary will explore the many types of apologies (including full, partial, rapport, ritual, cohesion, dispersion, and transactional) as well as the effect of timing, delivery, location, and sincerity. With a more complete understanding of the intricacies of an apology, we can create more successful communication by giving and receiving apologies in a way that is more mindful and aware.

Speakers


Monday March 16, 2020 8:45am - 10:00am
EH A

10:00am

Break
Monday March 16, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am

10:15am

Improving Relationships and Mutual Understanding through Intentional Collaboration, Inclusion and Communication Strategies
Limited Capacity full

 The San Francisco Unified School District ADR Program in partnership with The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Mediation Services program and Support for Families with Children with Disabilities, continues to enjoy success because of its unique project design.  Those design elements substantively support relationship building, education and skills training and mindful communication practices.  In the three years since full implementation of the program the number of SFUSD CDE complaints filed decreased from a high of 36 to only 7 last year, or a decrease of 80%.  Such results were correlated with the availability of the ADR program and constructive facilitation provided by certificated and trained mediators with the Bar Association of San Francisco. 
The program continues to be innovative to build upon these results, with the introduction of facilitated IEP dispute resolution tiers, continued and advanced training for Supervisors in facilitating IEPs, monthly mindfulness and communication strategies training from an experienced BASF mediator for all SFUSD Supervisors, and substantive trainings relating to implicit bias, equity and inclusion. Bar Association mediators are also trained in cultural competency, parent engagement and community building. This year too, the program seeks better and closer integration of SFUSD’s Ombudsperson. The full continuum of ADR offered through SFUSD consists of the Ombudsperson, the ADR Program’s 2-hour Collaborative Conference, district and IEP team Communication Strategies sessions, to Facilitated IEP meetings.  The Ombudsperson is now included in all ADR meetings, trainings and case development information gathering as well as being a fully integrated partner for conflict resolution, attending ADR Collaborative Conferences when requested.
With the introduction of the Facilitated IEP last year and continuing this year, SFUSD staff supervisors continue to receive specific facilitation training in resolving “Tier One” level differences with respect to a student’s IEP, where a trained Supervisor from a different school cohort will facilitate the IEP for a family unknown to them, at a different school. “Tier Two” level differences, where disputants are more entrenched and where conflict intervention from an outside resource through the Bar Association of San Francisco would better move the participants to resolution, is reserved for the experience of the BASF facilitators in the project. Recognizing that participation by Supervisors in Tier Two IEPs facilitator by BASF mediators is also a type of observational and participatory training, it is hoped that all contact with dispute resolution, whether Tier One or Tier Two conflicts, will help to fortify the SFSUSD Supervisor even more to relationship build productive and healthy relations with families and with colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Mildred Browne

Mildred Browne

Consultant, SPP-TAP & Ascendency Solutions, Napa County Office of Education



Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 10:45am
Raincross Ballroom B (RC B)

10:15am

Bias, Conflict and Culture: Can Mindfulness Help?
Limited Capacity full

Our cognitive biases impact all of our relationships especially when we interact with people from cultures different than our own. When left unchecked, biases can create conflict. So what can we do? This presentation will highlight research that shows how mindfulness can help mitigate three common forms of bias. Through both small and large group discussion, participants will explore the link between cultural competence, mindfulness and conflict engagement within a dispute resolution system. Strategies to integrate mindfulness techniques into practice will be offered. Participants will also have access to tools to assess dispute resolution system-wide cultural competence.

Speakers
DC

Diana Cruz

DR Training Specialist, CADRE
Diana serves as the Data Analyst and Dispute Resolution Training Specialist, providing training and technical assistance to state agencies, lead agencies, parent centers and other stakeholders nationwide. She brings considerable experience working at the LEA level, fostering home... Read More →



Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 9 (MR 9)

10:15am

Bridging the Distance: Mindfully Approaching Conflict
Limited Capacity filling up

Bridging the Distance: Mindfully Approaching Conflict, is the story of how three stakeholders, Student Attorney, SELPA ADR Coordinator, and District Special Education Administrator, came together, despite frequent obstacles, to ensure the success of one student and her IEP team.  We will begin by sharing the outcome of our collaboration.  Then each stakeholder will share their unique perspective when resolving conflict, and the corresponding actions and behaviors they employ to maneuver through it.  We will close with thirty minutes for question and answer.  Handouts will include a sample ADR tracking sheet, resources for parents and tips for Directors.



Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Ballroom A (BR A)

10:15am

Build TRUST--the coin of the (education) realm!
Limited Capacity filling up

TRUST is necessary for excellent education.  Positive relationships between schools and families are vital. Yet, current dispute resolution approaches fail to promote either. Instead, they are costly and anxiety-producing for all, even with NO evidence that they improve student outcomes.
This interactive session will explore whether today’s due process approach, even with ADR options, is still appropriate or necessary and what mindset shifts we need going forward. Together, participants will rethink our systems for most students with disabilities and contemplate positive, innovative approaches, including a brief mention of SpedEx, Massachusetts’ trust-based child-centered ADR. It’s time for change!



Speakers
avatar for Miriam Freedman

Miriam Freedman

Attorney, owner, School Law Pro
School attorney, author, reformer. That's me! I'm passionate about improving education for all students-- and reforming dispute resolution. We need to bring educators to the fore--not regulators or attorneys (even as I am one!)Come to create a new vision and path forward.


Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 7 (MR 7)

10:15am

Communication Skills and Being Mindful in A High Stress Work Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will explore the tactics and resources available for administrators and educators to use when navigating difficult conversations with special education students and their parents. Building on the Conference theme, One Team, One Goal; Utilizing Mindfulness to Build Relationships in Education, participants will learn how to develop their communication and dispute resolution skills.  The goal of the presentation is to equip administrators and educators with the tools necessary to communicate effectively and build productive relationships in all aspects of their jobs.

Speakers

Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Exhibit Hall C (EH C)

10:15am

Facilitating LEA and Community Systems Change
Limited Capacity filling up

Special education administrators seeking systems change through conflict resolution will examine four case studies, with expanding levels of influence on district-wide systems.  Case Study #1 sets a foundation of basic theoretical constructs and tools used in a family and NPS staff conflict resolution.  Case Study #2 expands in an examination of conflict resolution between special education directors and directors of NonPublic Schools.  Case Study #3 widens to an examination of conflict resolution between a district’s special and general education teachers.  Case Study #4 culminates in conflict resolution between the special education administrators of a high school district and the local mental health agency that had been in conflict without a signed MOU for over eight years.

Speakers


Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Raincross Ballroom C (RC C)

10:15am

Learning How to Deal with Stress by Understanding Our Own Approach to Conflict
Limited Capacity seats available

Each of us has experienced conflict that has been uncomfortable or stressful. By understanding how our own “preferred” conflict style impacts how we deal with disagreement, high emotion, and difficult moments, we can explore how we can respond to different conflict styles in a more mindful, thoughtful, and strategic way. We will explore five different conflict styles and learn specific techniques to move through conflict more comfortably and effectively.

Speakers


Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Exhibit Hall D (EH D)

10:15am

Negotiate Your Way to Success at IEP Meetings
Limited Capacity full

How do schools and families make agreements that feel like a win for all?  Schools and families meet, discuss and make a series of agreements. This is epitomized in the IEP meeting process.  Making agreements that will last require negotiations, and most educators have not been taught negotiation skills.  The presenters will provide information on implementing negotiation techniques based on the work of the Harvard Program on Negotiations.  These tools can assist educators and families to make integrated agreements (win win) that truly benefit the students.  These tools can be implemented immediately by this presentation’s audience.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce H. Little

Joyce H. Little

Key2Ed & UCF
Dr. Joyce Little is a former SELPA director, and founded Key2Ed with her husband, Doug Little, also a former SELPA director, to continue their work in special education with the Facilitated IEP Meeting process, and also training in educational leadership.
avatar for Cassie Velazquez

Cassie Velazquez

Senior Associate, Key2Ed
avatar for Robin O'Shea

Robin O'Shea

Senior Associate, University of Northern Colorado



Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Raincross Ballroom A (RC A)

10:15am

Taking the Emotion out of ADR
Limited Capacity filling up

The purpose of 'Taking the Emotion out of ADR' is to help both the district and the family, get through very challenging conversations, without letting either sides emotional feelings and belief's, interfere with reaching a resolution.  This will be done through reviewing approaches and practices to ADR.  Current case studies, data, and discussion will take place during this presentation and handouts will be provided to attendees.

Speakers
MF

MaryAnn Frates

Executive SELPA Director, San Ramon Valley Unified School District


Monday March 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Ballroom B (BR B)

12:00pm

Lunch
Monday March 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm
EH A

1:30pm

ADR: Wonderbread or Sourdough?
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and listen to a story about our struggle with ADR
We support 11 districts and we help raise their knowledge bar
Then one day we thought, ADR’s a sourdough starter, and it his us magically
What other ingredients should Districts add for sustainability?
Keep it going, that is. Support. Carry on.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Scott

Susan Scott

Program Specialist, San Joaquin County Office of Education
SJ

Staci Johnson

Once upon a time, there were three talented women, hailing from varied backgrounds; Margaret, psychologist, Susan, BCBA, Staci, speech pathologist. Each were assigned very hazardous duties within special education. The SELPA took them away from all that. Now they work for SJC SELPA... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A (BR A)

1:30pm

Bringing Mindfulness to the Resolution of Conflict in I.E.P. Team Meetings and...
Limited Capacity full

There is a science to the art of conflict resolution.  Scientific learning about the brain, and how the brain impacts human relationships, communication and the successful resolution of conflict has exploded in recent years.  As a result, the value and the practice of mindfulness as it relates to conflict resolution has become an essential part of any discussion of human relationships.  Mindfulness is the systematic practice of paying attention without judgment (i.e. active listening).  Using mindfulness techniques when working with families can help lead to positive relationships.  Through hands-on learning and discussion, this session will introduce exercises and techniques that are transferable to building positive relationships with parents and colleagues alike, resulting in the building of “one team,” within and outside of an IEP.  


Speakers
avatar for Marc Purchin

Marc Purchin

Purchin Consulting
Marc Purchin is President of Purchin Consulting, a Southern California-based firm that specializes in appropriate dispute resolution (ADR). Since 1997 he has conducted more than 2,500 mediations, mostly through contracts with the California Special Education Hearing Office, the Department... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B (BR B)

1:30pm

Creating and Leveraging a Mindful “Partnership Continuum”
Limited Capacity filling up

Parent and educator partnerships are key to successful results for students with disabilities. Building trust, sharing information, and valuing the participation of all partners leads to increased engagement and results for students.  Defining proactive activities that encourage meaningful interactions coupled with alternative dispute resolution processes is the basis for establishing a Partnership Continuum.  The Continuum should be established, implemented with fidelity, maintained, and measured by design not chance.  This presentation, in dialogue format, will feature strategies and tools for creating a “Partnership Continuum” as well as developing data collection systems to measure effort and effect that leads to achieving desired results.

Speakers
avatar for David Carrales

David Carrales

Consultant, Ed21 Consulting Services
We support districts in their implementatinon of facilitated IEP (FIEP) meetings. We collect and analyze effort and effect data to help districts keep on track with their implementation of FIEP.



Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raincross Ballroom C (RC C)

1:30pm

Dispute Resolution: Improving Practice in Indiana
Limited Capacity filling up

Presentation with Q&A.  This fast-paced session will provide practice recommendations based on a mix of empirical evidence, case law, and literature.

Speakers


Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room 7 (MR 7)

1:30pm

IDEA ADR OS Upgrade: 1.0 to 2.0
Limited Capacity filling up

Over twenty years ago mediation was introduced into the world of Special
Education through its integration into the IDEA. This was followed by the introduction of Resolution Sessions, and while not mandated, FIEP’s. These resources, along with DPH’s and the CC Process make up the core of our current Dispute Resolution OS.

In this session, the presenters, sharing from our combined forty-six plus years in the fields of Education and ADR, will explore a framework for upgrading our current OS to a more robust, flexible, and innovative version 2.0, Conflict Engagement OS. Building on the topic of this conference, version 2.0 is committed to nurturing an individual’s awareness of their relationship with conflict. We will then introduce a framework for adding “customized applications” to the OS in order to build individual, collective, and organizational capacity for the effective engagement of conflict. This is fundamental to our ability to address the complex needs of the students we serve through shared learning, innovation and creativity (SDI).

Speakers
CR

Carlo Rossi

Carlo Rossi has been involved in special ed conflict resolution for over thirty-five years. He is currently the Independant Child Advocate for the Sonoma County SELPA. Carlo is also an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State in the Special Ed department and he is passionate... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raincross Ballroom A (RC A)

1:30pm

Influencing for Results: Advancing Leaders in Special Education
Limited Capacity filling up

Conflicts and politics are often experienced by those in any organization, including the organizations of PreK-12, and most notably in special education. Participants will be able to learn how to recognize unhealthy and healthy politics in their workplace and community, identify challenges and obstacles, and influence with integrity. They will delve into the attitude, skills, and tools of influencing others to reach their goals for students with needs. Through a dynamic presentation and an interactive exercise, participants will become more aware of their mindsets and influencing skills in the areas of conflict resolution, relationship building, effective communication, and reputation management.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Maurice Ghysels

Dr. Maurice Ghysels

Founder, Ghysels Group
I have years of experience and honed skills in educational leadership in PreK-12 education, Special Education, startups, universities, and companies: Superintendent, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief of Schools, and corporate executives. I also teach for LMU’s Graduate School of Education... Read More →



Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall C (EH C)

1:30pm

Learning How to Deal with Stress by Understanding Our Own Approach to Conflict
Limited Capacity filling up

Each of us has experienced conflict that has been uncomfortable or stressful. By understanding how our own “preferred” conflict style impacts how we deal with disagreement, high emotion, and difficult moments, we can explore how we can respond to different conflict styles in a more mindful, thoughtful, and strategic way. We will explore five different conflict styles and learn specific techniques to move through conflict more comfortably and effectively.

Speakers


Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall D (EH D)

1:30pm

The Energy of Wholeness and Relationship Building in Mindful Organizations: The Age of Agility
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be a facilitated dialogue centered on the cultural values, world views, individual and collective social and work behaviors, structures and practices of the Teal Paradigm.  The teal Paradigm is a research-based organizational model with strong social capital for redefining how people work together.  LaLoux (2014) in his research on the evolutionary stages of human development and organizational paradigms found that organizations that focused first on an individual’s “wholeness”, relationship building and alignment with the “rightness” of the work were incredibly successful- and had healthier and happier employees!


Speakers
CF

Cathy Fromme

Consultant, TrustWorks


Monday March 16, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raincross Ballroom B (RC B)

3:00pm

Reception
Monday March 16, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lower Level
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Tuesday March 17, 2020 7:30am - 8:30am
EH A

8:30am

Keynote: Being Mindful in Contentious Moments: How Understanding Yourself Can Lead to Breakthrough in the Moment
How we manage contentious moments has more to do with the context than the conversation. The way that emotions were handled in your family and how you feel physically in the moment can have a major impact on how you approach communication. This plenary focuses on how reflecting on those contextual and internal factors is the key to managing contentious conversations and moments when they arise.

Speakers

Tuesday March 17, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am
EH A

9:30am

Break
Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:30am - 9:45am

9:45am

Better at What you Do: Mindfulness and Other Attributes of your Best Self
Limited Capacity filling up

Life is about relationships. How we live, work and play together.  This session will cover, mindfulness and other Trustworthiness Attributes, such as empathy, gratitude, and letting go.
While these attributes are typically manifested by simple, concrete actions, implementation requires intentionality, commitment, self-awareness, a willingness to change, and consistency over time. (Fromme, 2009)
This session will cover how to be intentional about being your own best self.
The session will describe the research on trustworthiness attributes as they relate to overall relationship building and trust in organizations. This session will focus on both an individual and a system level focus as it addresses the mindful building of social capital in school districts, with staff and with parents.

Speakers
CF

Cathy Fromme

Consultant, TrustWorks


Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Raincross Ballroom C (RC C)

9:45am

Bias, Conflict and Culture: Can Mindfulness Help?
Limited Capacity filling up

Our cognitive biases impact all of our relationships especially when we interact with people from cultures different than our own. When left unchecked, biases can create conflict. So what can we do? This presentation will highlight research that shows how mindfulness can help mitigate three common forms of bias. Through both small and large group discussion, participants will explore the link between cultural competence, mindfulness and conflict engagement within a dispute resolution system. Strategies to integrate mindfulness techniques into practice will be offered. Participants will also have access to tools to assess dispute resolution system-wide cultural competence.

Speakers
DC

Diana Cruz

DR Training Specialist, CADRE
Diana serves as the Data Analyst and Dispute Resolution Training Specialist, providing training and technical assistance to state agencies, lead agencies, parent centers and other stakeholders nationwide. She brings considerable experience working at the LEA level, fostering home... Read More →



Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 7 (MR 7)

9:45am

Breaking through the Contentious Moments: Listening for Needs
Limited Capacity seats available

In the heat of the moment, we tend to resort to threats/demands to make sure we get what we feel we deserve, and the other party will do the same. The end result is that no one wins. In this workshop, participants will learn how to listen for the five universal needs underlying our demands. Listening and communicating through needs will develop empathy and transform the conversation from adversarial to a joint search for mutual gain.

Speakers

Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Exhibit Hall D (EH D)

9:45am

Bringing Mindfulness to the Resolution of Conflict in I.E.P. Team Meetings and...
Limited Capacity filling up

There is a science to the art of conflict resolution.  Scientific learning about the brain, and how the brain impacts human relationships, communication and the successful resolution of conflict has exploded in recent years.  As a result, the value and the practice of mindfulness as it relates to conflict resolution has become an essential part of any discussion of human relationships.  Mindfulness is the systematic practice of paying attention without judgment (i.e. active listening).  Using mindfulness techniques when working with families can help lead to positive relationships.  Through hands-on learning and discussion, this session will introduce exercises and techniques that are transferable to building positive relationships with parents and colleagues alike, resulting in the building of “one team,” within and outside of an IEP.  


Speakers
avatar for Marc Purchin

Marc Purchin

Purchin Consulting
Marc Purchin is President of Purchin Consulting, a Southern California-based firm that specializes in appropriate dispute resolution (ADR). Since 1997 he has conducted more than 2,500 mediations, mostly through contracts with the California Special Education Hearing Office, the Department... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Ballroom B (BR B)

9:45am

Creating and Leveraging a Mindful “Partnership Continuum”
Limited Capacity seats available

Parent and educator partnerships are key to successful results for students with disabilities. Building trust, sharing information, and valuing the participation of all partners leads to increased engagement and results for students.  Defining proactive activities that encourage meaningful interactions coupled with alternative dispute resolution processes is the basis for establishing a Partnership Continuum.  The Continuum should be established, implemented with fidelity, maintained, and measured by design not chance.  This presentation, in dialogue format, will feature strategies and tools for creating a “Partnership Continuum” as well as developing data collection systems to measure effort and effect that leads to achieving desired results.

Speakers
avatar for David Carrales

David Carrales

Consultant, Ed21 Consulting Services
We support districts in their implementatinon of facilitated IEP (FIEP) meetings. We collect and analyze effort and effect data to help districts keep on track with their implementation of FIEP.



Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 9 (MR 9)

9:45am

IDEA ADR OS Upgrade: 1.0 to 2.0
Limited Capacity seats available

Over twenty years ago mediation was introduced into the world of Special
Education through its integration into the IDEA. This was followed by the introduction of Resolution Sessions, and while not mandated, FIEP’s. These resources, along with DPH’s and the CC Process make up the core of our current Dispute Resolution OS.

In this session, the presenters, sharing from our combined forty-six plus years in the fields of Education and ADR, will explore a framework for upgrading our current OS to a more robust, flexible, and innovative version 2.0, Conflict Engagement OS. Building on the topic of this conference, version 2.0 is committed to nurturing an individual’s awareness of their relationship with conflict. We will then introduce a framework for adding “customized applications” to the OS in order to build individual, collective, and organizational capacity for the effective engagement of conflict. This is fundamental to our ability to address the complex needs of the students we serve through shared learning, innovation and creativity (SDI).

Speakers
CR

Carlo Rossi

Carlo Rossi has been involved in special ed conflict resolution for over thirty-five years. He is currently the Independant Child Advocate for the Sonoma County SELPA. Carlo is also an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State in the Special Ed department and he is passionate... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Ballroom A (BR A)

9:45am

Integrating Trauma Informed Systems Thinking and ADR
Limited Capacity seats available

In the heat of the moment, we tend to resort to threats/demands to make sure we get what we feel we deserve, and the other party will do the same. The end result is that no one wins. In this workshop, participants will learn how to listen for the five universal needs underlying our demands. Listening and communicating through needs will develop empathy and transform the conversation from adversarial to a joint search for mutual gain.

Speakers
avatar for Anjanette Pelletier

Anjanette Pelletier

Associate Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education


Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Exhibit Hall C (EH C)

9:45am

It’s A Brain Thing: The Role of Empathy, Mindfulness and Relationships In Developing Collaborative Conversations
Limited Capacity filling up

Neuroimaging provides those of us involved in neuroscience research continually evolving knowledge of brain networks enabling us to have insight into aspects of memory, expertise and attention.  Individual differences in these networks reflect a combination of biological components as well as create the opportunity when understood, to develop purposeful change.  Incorporating knowledge of neuro-functioning and using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), we will develop a new way of experiencing mindfulness while increasing our ability to strategize, experience empathy and foster communication in the interest of establishing the connectivity of relationships in education and in community.  


Speakers

Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Raincross Ballroom B (RC B)

9:45am

Negotiate Your Way to Success at IEP Meetings
Limited Capacity full

How do schools and families make agreements that feel like a win for all?  Schools and families meet, discuss and make a series of agreements. This is epitomized in the IEP meeting process.  Making agreements that will last require negotiations, and most educators have not been taught negotiation skills.  The presenters will provide information on implementing negotiation techniques based on the work of the Harvard Program on Negotiations.  These tools can assist educators and families to make integrated agreements (win win) that truly benefit the students.  These tools can be implemented immediately by this presentation’s audience.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce H. Little

Joyce H. Little

Key2Ed & UCF
Dr. Joyce Little is a former SELPA director, and founded Key2Ed with her husband, Doug Little, also a former SELPA director, to continue their work in special education with the Facilitated IEP Meeting process, and also training in educational leadership.
avatar for Robin O'Shea

Robin O'Shea

Senior Associate, University of Northern Colorado
avatar for Cassie Velazquez

Cassie Velazquez

Senior Associate, Key2Ed



Tuesday March 17, 2020 9:45am - 11:15am
Raincross Ballroom A (RC A)

11:30am

Lunch
Tuesday March 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
EH A

12:45pm

Breaking through the Contentious Moments: Listening for Needs
Limited Capacity seats available

In the heat of the moment, we tend to resort to threats/demands to make sure we get what we feel we deserve, and the other party will do the same. The end result is that no one wins. In this workshop, participants will learn how to listen for the five universal needs underlying our demands. Listening and communicating through needs will develop empathy and transform the conversation from adversarial to a joint search for mutual gain.

Speakers

Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Exhibit Hall D (EH D)

12:45pm

Bringing Mindfulness to the Resolution of Conflict in I.E.P. Team Meetings and...
Limited Capacity filling up

There is a science to the art of conflict resolution.  Scientific learning about the brain, and how the brain impacts human relationships, communication and the successful resolution of conflict has exploded in recent years.  As a result, the value and the practice of mindfulness as it relates to conflict resolution has become an essential part of any discussion of human relationships.  Mindfulness is the systematic practice of paying attention without judgment (i.e. active listening).  Using mindfulness techniques when working with families can help lead to positive relationships.  Through hands-on learning and discussion, this session will introduce exercises and techniques that are transferable to building positive relationships with parents and colleagues alike, resulting in the building of “one team,” within and outside of an IEP.  


Speakers
avatar for Marc Purchin

Marc Purchin

Purchin Consulting
Marc Purchin is President of Purchin Consulting, a Southern California-based firm that specializes in appropriate dispute resolution (ADR). Since 1997 he has conducted more than 2,500 mediations, mostly through contracts with the California Special Education Hearing Office, the Department... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom B (BR B)

12:45pm

Build TRUST--the coin of the (education) realm!
Limited Capacity seats available

TRUST is necessary for excellent education.  Positive relationships between schools and families are vital. Yet, current dispute resolution approaches fail to promote either. Instead, they are costly and anxiety-producing for all, even with NO evidence that they improve student outcomes.
This interactive session will explore whether today’s due process approach, even with ADR options, is still appropriate or necessary and what mindset shifts we need going forward. Together, participants will rethink our systems for most students with disabilities and contemplate positive, innovative approaches, including a brief mention of SpedEx, Massachusetts’ trust-based child-centered ADR. It’s time for change!



Speakers
avatar for Miriam Freedman

Miriam Freedman

Attorney, owner, School Law Pro
School attorney, author, reformer. That's me! I'm passionate about improving education for all students-- and reforming dispute resolution. We need to bring educators to the fore--not regulators or attorneys (even as I am one!)Come to create a new vision and path forward.


Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Raincross Ballroom C (RC C)

12:45pm

Communication Skills and Being Mindful in A High Stress Work Environment
Limited Capacity full

This presentation will explore the tactics and resources available for administrators and educators to use when navigating difficult conversations with special education students and their parents. Building on the Conference theme, One Team, One Goal; Utilizing Mindfulness to Build Relationships in Education, participants will learn how to develop their communication and dispute resolution skills.  The goal of the presentation is to equip administrators and educators with the tools necessary to communicate effectively and build productive relationships in all aspects of their jobs.

Speakers

Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Raincross Ballroom A (RC A)

12:45pm

Conflict Resolution: Improving Professional Relationships
Limited Capacity filling up

The presentation will begin by defining basic ADR strategies for difficult I.E.P. meetings and the role of the facilitator.  From there the presenters will share with the audience, how the same strategies can be useful in solving everyday conflict before it becomes a larger problem.   With mindfulness skills and ADR strategies, it will become clear to participants that the use of these tools create proactive team interactions that create positive student outcomes.


Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Exhibit Hall C (EH C)

12:45pm

Devising Seminars: Macro solutions to eliminate conflict
Limited Capacity filling up

Are there particular programs or schools in your SELPA that are sources of more disputes than other programs or schools?  The Devising Seminar is a process that can decrease conflict at a macro level. Attendees at this presentation will learn how to employ this process to involve the Stakeholders to use shared responsibility and collaboration to 1) define the problems causing the conflicts, and then 2) create solutions to significantly decrease conflict.  This process has been used for over 30 years to assist nations in creating treaties, and municipalities in resolving disputes, based on self-generated collaborative and innovative solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce H. Little

Joyce H. Little

Key2Ed & UCF
Dr. Joyce Little is a former SELPA director, and founded Key2Ed with her husband, Doug Little, also a former SELPA director, to continue their work in special education with the Facilitated IEP Meeting process, and also training in educational leadership.
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Cassie Velazquez

Senior Associate, Key2Ed
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Robin O'Shea

Senior Associate, University of Northern Colorado



Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Meeting Room 7 (MR 7)

12:45pm

EV SELPA ADR Cadre - A Successful Model!
Limited Capacity filling up

The East Valley SELPA began the development of a SELPA ADR Cadre in the 2016-2017 school year. The model incorporates the development of a Cadre that receives training, creates procedures and supports member districts in resolving disputes through either Facilitated IEP meetings or Informal Resolution Sessions. Those who serve on the Cadre also support member districts in building capacity in using ADR processes, strategies and tools to increase positive relationships and outcomes at the local level.  The EV SELPA ADR Cadre model has proven effective in providing neutral support to parents and districts and reducing Due Process filings.

Speakers
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Anne-Marie Foley

Program Manager, East Valley SELPA
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Jessica Lascano

School Psychologist, SBCSS



Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom A (BR A)

12:45pm

Parent Specialists & Child Advocates... The TVUSD Model
Limited Capacity full

TVUSD SELPA would like to share it's parent support model.  The team has attended the ADR Conference for the last few years and has shared its model in conversation, and attendees are always intrigued.  This year, we'd like to present in a panel format- with both District Administrators and those in the field, who work directly with parents and school sites to solve problems at the lowest level. TVUSD will share how parents call a support line, how calls are routed to a LCAPSSS (support specialist funded throught LCAP), what the LCAPSSS meetings with parents look like, how they follow up with sites and teams, and also how they attend IEP meetings as a "child advocate", with the focus of putting children first.

Speakers
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Ami Paradise

Assistant Director, Temecula Valley USD
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Elizabeth Elliott

LCAP Supplement Support Specialist



Tuesday March 17, 2020 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Raincross Ballroom B (RC B)