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Straus Institute Partners with SELPA Administrators to Provide Alternate Dispute Resolution Training

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law has partnered with Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Administrators of California to offer training on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practices for special education professionals across the state of California. In this innovative collaboration, the institute will bring its world-class training and deep knowledge of conflict resolution processes and mediation techniques to SELPAs, Special Education Administrators with the Local Education Agency (LEA), and other education-related professionals to support their capacity to resolve and prevent disputes around special education. The Straus Institute’s faculty will design and implement trainings geared towards participants in a variety of roles in the education field and serving diverse stakeholders across the state. 

Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh, who serves as the Judge Danny Weinstein Managing Director of Straus Institute, added, “We are honored to collaborate with the SELPA Administrators of California and share our expertise in conflict resolution with education professionals across our state. During a time when these professionals have faced unprecedented challenges, it is our privilege to equip them with the skills and knowledge that can enhance their day-to-day efforts.” 

"The SELPA Administrators of California are excited to partner with the Straus Institute in providing leadership in special education dispute prevention and resolution,” said Patty Methany, Ed.D., Chair-Elect and ADR Committee Chair of the SELPA Administrators of California. “SELPA administrators have long been leaders in bringing the practices of alternative dispute resolution to resolving conflicts in special education. This partnership will enable educators to learn from internationally-renowned experts in conflict resolution so that they can positively impact students with disabilities and their families during these challenging times,” 

The interactive trainings will begin on December 6, 2021, and will continue through 2022. Participants will be trained in the foundations of the mediation process, unique negotiation styles, and facilitation of problem-solving around education-related disputes, among other topics. 

This partnership is made possible through a grant by the State of California.