The Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System helps parents and schools work together to resolve disputes about special education.
We do not provide legal advice or advocacy for either parents or districts, and we do not mediate 504 plan disputes.

Cheryl L. Stinski, Appleton, WI

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Name: Cheryl L. Stinski

Location: Appleton, WI

Education: Bachelor of Science (Human Services), University of Wisconsin; Basic Mediation Training – Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center; Advanced Mediation Training – WSEMS/Marquette University, University of Wisconsin, CDR Associates, Iowa Peace Institute, Michigan Supreme Court. IEP Facilitation Training – WSEMS/Marquette University. More than 700 hours of continuing mediation education.

Current Position: Alternative Resolutions, Inc., Owner, Private Practice Mediator and Trainer; Community Restorative Justice Project, Co-coordinate Community Mediation and Victim-Offender Conferencing programs; Wisconsin Assoc. of Mediators (WAM), Public Education Committee Chair and co-coordinator of Annual Peer Mediation Conference.

Past Positions: Outagamie Conflict Resolution Center, Executive Director; Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Assistant to the Director; Wisconsin Farm Mediation Program – Mediator Trainer; Wisconsin Dept. of Justice/Wisconsin State Bar Assoc., PEACE trainer; Conference presenter, National Assoc. for School Counselors, National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, WAM “Emerging Issues Conference.” Co-developed the Collaborative Community/School Conflict Resolution Model chosen for presentation and published by the National Safe Schools Conference.

Mediation Experience: More than 600 cases since 1991, including special education, employment, family, workplace, community, environmental, church, civil and small claims disputes. Roster mediator: WSEMS (1998-present), U. S. Postal Service REDRESS program (1998-present), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (2000-present), Wisconsin Farm Mediation Program (1995-present), and Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center (1991-present).

Perspective on the Mediation Process: I believe that mediation is a process that offers opportunity and hope. My role is to provide opportunities for open dialogue, greater understanding, creative exploration, collaborative problem-solving and self-determined resolutions that are doable. Hope comes from building positive working relationships that enable families and schools to continue to work together to determine and meet the needs of the child.