Conference Participation and Presentations

photo of Kathy Wian presenting at SCUPSO '07The Conflict Resolution Program staff have presented at conferences nationwide and in Europe.  Below is a partial list of conference presentations.

Policy Consensus Initiaive (PCI) University Conference
Collaborative Governance and Civic Engagement from a University Center's Perspective was the focus of this conference in Jupiter, Fla. CRP staff were invited to make a presentation about the role of a service center housed within a university.

Southern Consortium of University Public Service Organizations (SCUPSO) Annual Conference
Held in Baltimore, Md., in 2007, CRP staff were invited to present on the topic Collaborative Governance and Civic Engagement from a University Center's Perspective.

Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution in Education
Staff were invited to present details about CRP's education-oriented programs in conflict resolution, specifically special education, in Delaware. This conference was organized by and held at Cuyahoga College in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Fourth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education for (CADRE) Consortium for Appropriate Dispute in Special Education (Washington, D.C.)
One staff member designed and delivered a workshop session entitled, Defining and Marketing an IEP Meeting Facilitation Program. Another staff member designed and delivered a workshop session entitled, The Making of an IEP Meeting Facilitator. This conference brings together an international group of attendees reflecting on all aspects of special education and dispute resolution practices. This is the third time both CRP staff members were requested to present at this conference by the program organizers.

Women’s Leadership Group
A CRP staff member was a luncheon speaker and discussed Basic Conflict Resolution Skills for Your Personal and Professional Life to graduates of the Women’s Leadership Development Program.

The National Symposium on IEP Facilitation for (CADRE) Consortium for Appropriate Dispute in Special Education (Eugene, Ore.)
A CRP staff member designed and participated in a panel presentation entitled “5 Years of IEP Facilitation – The Good, the Bad, and the Not so Ugly.” In addition to a CRP staff person, other members of the panel were the Director for Exceptional Children and Early Childhood Education from the Delaware Department of Education, the Executive Director of the Parent Information Center of Delaware and the Educational Diagnostician/ School Psychologist from Polytech School District. This session offered the unique perspective of those who are knowledgeable and experienced in the delivery and utilization of an external IEP facilitator.

The National Symposium on IEP Facilitation for (CADRE) Consortium for Appropriate Dispute in Special Education (Eugene, Ore.)
A CRP staff member presented a session entitled Expanding the Conflict Resolution Continuum: The Design and Delivery of an Effective IEP Meeting Facilitation System. This conference was the first of its kind and brought educators, parents and advocates together to discuss ideas for improving IEP meetings.

The Northeast Region 1 Summit and Conference (Quincy, Mass.)
A CRP staff member presented a workshop on IEP meeting facilitation skills for parents and advocates attending this special education conference.

7th Annual National Adults Family Care Organization (NAFCO) Conference
Designed and delivered a presentation on conflict-management styles to caregivers, consumers, and agencies that provide support to people with disabilities
and aging adults.

Vermont Council for Exceptional Children
The Vermont Council for Exceptional Children and the Vermont Department of Education/Project BEST sponsored a one-day conference on Resolving Conflicts in Special Education.   A CRP staff person presented a workshop on “Facilitating EffectiveIEP Meetings.”  The workshop covered pre-meeting preparation, participant roles, meeting process, meeting evaluation and dealing with difficult dynamics.

Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
CRP staff presented at a regional annual retreat on domestic violence on May 5, 2003, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center at Rehoboth Beach, Del.  The first presentation was an overview of Alternative Dispute Resolution, entitled “Got Conflict?”  and the second  was a presentation on the five conflict-resolution styles and communication, entitled “Almost Everything You Need to Know about Conflict-Management Styles.” 

Siberian Academy for Public Administration Intermediation in Labor Relations Resolution Conference
A CRP staff member wrote and presented a paper, entitled “Appropriate Dispute Resolution Methods Used by Public Authorities in the USA,” and taught a one-day masters class in dispute resolution at the Intermediation in Labor Relations Resolutions conference in Novosibirsk, Russia.