Lisa Keith, Psy.D., assistant professor of special education, presented at “The Evolving Landscape in Special Education Dispute Resolution,” October 20-22, 2015, in Eugene, OR. This was the sixth annual symposium hosted by CADRE (the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education. The presentation was titled “Restorative Justice: Evolving Practices for Special Education Students,” and Keith gave it with Prudence Hutton, a local attorney and advocate.
From the abstract: “Discipline in schools is rapidly backing away from Zero Tolerance, full of contention and misunderstanding, towards Restorative Discipline. Opportunities are ripe for these newly emerging restorative discipline systems to be considered as part of the continuum of dispute resolution practice. Participants will learn the basic techniques to implement Discipline That Restores (DTR) successfully. Further discussion will focus on how restorative discipline can build trust and improve the important student/family and school relationship along with opportunities for other stakeholders to collaborate with schools administrators and school boards to develop effective restorative discipline systems to avoid conflict or resolve disputes early for Special Education students.”
More at directionservice.org/cadre.