Benefits of Using Mediation for Special Education Conflict Resolution

Focus remains on the student and finding a workable solution.
Parties control the outcome.
Participants feel it is worth the effort to maintain a working relationship for the sake of the student.
May lower the financial and emotional costs of conflict.
Parties more likely to reach a workable agreement that is individually tailored to the parties’ needs.
Facts, feelings and desired outcomes can be discussed.
Parties identify new options to resolve their issues.
Mediation provides an opportunity for creative, win-win solutions.
A trained and experienced neutral party, who is not a decision- maker, creates a safe environment that allows parties to communicate their points of view.
Points of agreement and disagreement can be clarified.
Mediation is provided at no cost to the parties.