Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
What is Alternative
Collaborative IEP Process
Many districts have administrators and teachers trained in the Collaborative IEP Process – this is a very structured, clear process where agreement is reached at each point in the IEP before moving on. Often parents and districts find they agree on many more things than they disagree on and can build on those areas to reach a compromise.
Expert Teams/SELPA ADR Coordinator
There are professionals throughout Tuolumne County SELPA who have been deemed experts in their field of practice. If a parent/district is having challenges and wishes a team to come in and review the assessments/IEPs/concerns and offer their opinions, that is possible. The Parent or District Representative may contact the SELPA Intake Coordinator* to coordinate that effort on the part of the requesting party. The Coordinator follows up to ensure that the Team assists in the process.
The Local Intake Coordinator can help locate a trained IEP Facilitator to help an IEP team build and improve relationships among team members by using pre-meeting preparation and follow-up tasks. This Facilitator is a neutral party that clarifies the agenda and meeting outcomes, enforces working agreements, keeps the group focused on the IEP process, encourages problem-solving, monitors time, and encourages participation by all team members. The goal is to achieve a signed IEP that all team members feel represents all the issues needed to educate that student.
Local Resolution-Mediation Sessions
Parents and districts will participate in no-cost, impartial local mediation when desired. Local mediation uses an effective problem-solving method through a Mediator who will discuss possible solutions and develop mutually acceptable agreements for both parties. It is a safe, low-pressure process. The final agreements will be committed to writing in a facilitated or collaborative IEP.