Name: Beverly Gladney
Perspective on Mediation/Facilitation:
Sometimes the plan for a student’s successful progress does not work as expected and there may be disagreements. When school districts and families (or ‘parties’ as we call them in mediation) disagree, mediation can be helpful for them to talk about these disagreements and search for solutions together.
Mediation can give parties a chance to talk about their disagreements, while focusing on the needs of the student and working together to resolve the issues. Mediation is also a place to explore new ideas, plans, and solutions that can better serve the student.
As a mediator, I will try to:
When we get a complete picture of all the issues:
Perspective Regarding Mediation/Facilitation:
As a mediator, I do not tell you what to do, to think, or to agree with in the process. That is up to you. I am present to help all parties express their concerns and to keep the focus on the real issue: what is best for the student; that means the stakes are high. Parties have concerns to put on the table. Disagreements need to be understood and talked about to attempt to resolve. The most important way of achieving these goals is through open communication. One of the most helpful pieces of the process is the confidential rules (you can read more about this on our website at www.wsems.us) – allowing parties to speak freely.
I encourage and help families and schools move through the steps of the process so that they make decisions that are well informed, and work through some roadblocks, if needed. When the parties are focused on the best interests of what is best for the student, they can feel less like adversaries and more like team members. The end result can be a mediation agreement that addresses the concerns of the parties and gives the student the tools to progress.
Education and Training: