Name: Joan C. Pray
Location: Statewide Availability for Mediations Only
Why Special Education Mediation Is Helpful:
Sometimes the plan for a student’s success doesn’t work as expected and the participants don’t notice until issues are serious. Both the family and school are aware that they may have a long-term relationship and may have to work together for a number of years. Teachers and families want to avoid rising conflict and may need the time to ask difficult questions.
Mediation provides for an agreed upon time and a safe, private place to address the needs of the student. Mediation is also place where everyone can talk about new ideas, plans, and solutions that everyone can try.
As a mediator, I will try to:
When we get a complete picture of all the issues:
Education and Training:
Professional Experience: I began my career in 1978 as a special education teacher in northern Milwaukee County and worked with Kindergarten through 12th grade students. I then moved to diagnostics testing students for Learning Disabilities and Emotional/ Behavioral Disabilities in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties as an independent contractor. I have supervised teachers working toward advanced degrees Special Education at Cardinal Stritch University. I also served on the New Berlin Board of Education where I represented all interests of district and families). In addition to statewide special education mediation, my other mediation experiences include: Waukesha Small Claims Court; Mortgage Modification Mediation for the Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court; and Northwest Milwaukee Mediation Program including outreach with the Milwaukee Police Department and the Boys & Girls Club of Wisconsin. I was part of the Wisconsin Lemon Law Arbitration system for four major auto manufacturers and Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors dispute resolution. As part of my current business, ASCENT CONFLICT SOLUTIONS, LLC, I also do special education IEP Facilitation (WSEMS), Peer Mediation Training, Conflict Coaching, Business Facilitation, Small and Family Business Conflict Training and Mediation.
A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor-English Proverb