The NewtonPAC will host a session on Mediation with Board of Special Education Appeals Mediator Myrto Flessas. Have you ever wondered what mediation is about, and what it can accomplish in special education? The BSEA website says:
Special Education Mediation is a voluntary and confidential dispute resolution process available at no cost through the BSEA. When school personnel and parents disagree about the educational needs of a student with disabilities, either party may request mediation.
In mediation, an impartial mediator helps parents and school staff clarify the issues and underlying concerns, explore interests, discuss options and collaborate to reach mutually satisfactory agreements that address the needs of the student. The mediator does not decide how to resolve the dispute. When the parties resolve all or some of the issues, they work together with the mediator to put their agreement(s) in writing. What do you need to know in deciding if mediation is a good option for you? What should you do to be prepared for mediation?
Myrto Flessas, the BSEA mediator who works with Newton, will be coming to speak to the NewtonPAC to answer these kinds of questions.
The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 15th starting at 7:30 pm., with refreshments and networking starting at 7:15, in room 210 of the Education Center at 100 Walnut Street in Newton. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Eileen Sandberg at Eileen.firstname.lastname@example.org.