Major Initiatives - Dispute Resolution Consortium

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Comprehensive and Affordable Professional Development

SUMMARY

Special education dispute resolution specialists and State Education Agency (SEA) staff need to keep current on legal issues in special education. The Dispute Resolution in Special Education (DRSE) Consortium at the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) provides ongoing professional development opportunities for mediators, complaint investigators, due process hearing officers, and SEA staff. TAESE has developed an affordable option to ensure that dispute resolution specialists and SEA staff are properly trained and current on legal issues in special education.

DRSE CONSORTIUM

The DRSE Consortium States join together to provide affordable and relevant ongoing trainings for dispute resolution specialists and SEA staff. The following are Consortium States:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

During each calendar year, TAESE provides the following services:

Mediators/IEP Facilitators

Complaint Investigators

Due Process Hearing Officers

4 Conference Calls

1-2 Trainings

4 Conference Calls

1-2 Trainings

4 Conference Calls

1-2 Trainings

WHY JOIN?

There is an expectation that SEAs provide ongoing training for their dispute resolution specialists to continue building their capacity to perform their responsibilities under IDEA and State special education regulations. The Consortium provides an excellent opportunity for dispute resolution specialists and SEA staff to network with other “job alike” individuals in Consortium States. The conference calls and training topics are determined by Consortium members. All events use a conference call or webinar format, saving on expenses associated with travel and registration.

SEA responsibility

Each member State enters into an agreement with TAESE. States can enter into a contract with TAESE or be invoiced at the end of each service period (one year). The SEA provides a list of contractors and SEA staff they want to participate in each workgroup. TAESE provides a mechanism for members to communicate, register for events, and receive training announcements.

Role of TAESE

  • Hire trained attorneys/facilitators for the calls and trainings.
  • Serve as fiscal agent for the Consortium.
  • Arrange technology for conference calls and trainings.
  • Create and maintain the host website and listserv.

How much will it cost and how do we join?

The annual membership fee is $8,500 per State for each fiscal year.

contacts

For more information, please contact us

Amanda Davis, Dispute Resolution Coordinator | Tel: 435.797.9008 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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