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.

What are the similarities in the role of the facilitator and mediator?

  • Modeling good communication skills for parties and districts for future conversations without the neutral.
  • Ensuring that active listening is taking place.
  • Helping parties look at common goals
  • Keeping the process moving forward
  • Keeping the process forward focused
  • Keeping the process focused on the student
  • Helping parties avoid blaming, shaming, “zingers,” and attacks by both parties
  • Manages group dynamics

    Contact WSEMS

    888-298-3857 (Toll Free Voice)
    608-283-9106 (Fax)

    PO Box 829
    Madison WI 53701-0829