ADR-Alternative Dispute Resolution
The East Valley SELPA embraces the tenets of resolving differences in a collaborative and meaningful manner. To do so, in place is a SELPA-wide ADR initiative and accompanying processes. The focus of the initiative is to build a foundation for strong relationships between all stakeholders based on intentional and proactive planning. The SELPA provides training to parents and educators to support the initiative; the cornerstone of the which is the EV SELPA ADR Cadre and a SELPA program manager who facilitates the Cadre.
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Steps for Enabling ADR at the East Valley SELPA
EV SELPA ADR Plan
Stage I focuses on using multiple communication, engagement, and training tools and strategies as preventive measures. Communication is enhanced through the use of online, social media mechanisms, parent meetings, and stakeholder trainings.
Stage II addresses managing disagreements and misunderstandings through the use of assistance programs as well as technical advisors and coaches. This involves parent-to-parent and teacher-to-parent assistance options so that parents and teachers trained in communication strategies related to dispute resolution as well as knowledgeable about the distance learning options within a district are available to assist parents who do not feel heard or do not feel their concerns are addressed. In addition, technical advisors and coaches can assist all involved as they manage disagreements.
Stage III is managing the conflict. The current EV SELPA ADR Cadre and program manager supports as outline above are in place. In addition, consultants and professional mediators can be made available to assist districts with working through the most challenging conflict situations and those that remain unresolved.
EV SELPA has created a specific social media platform entitled @specialeducationadrconnections, showcasing ADR strategies and special education resources to parents and staff in the local plan area. If you would like to engage with @specialeducationadrconnections, please scan the QR code by pointing your phone camera at the code to explore.
For information regarding the ADR services available from the East Valley SELPA, please call (909) 252-4507.