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The Alternative Dispute Resolution Project at CDE

In 2013, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) recognized, from parent and educator feedback, the need for more options to prevent IEP’s from moving into contentious and costly dispute processes AND result in better outcomes for students. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Board was formed to look at best practices across the United States in alternative dispute resolution and decide where Colorado should start. As a result of the Advisory Board work, it was decided that Special Education Facilitation was a highly promising practice that could work well in Colorado’s local control model. Use the buttons below to learn more about the project.

 ADR Office Hours

Come and learn about the Alternative Dispute Resolution work at CDE and how it can support your IEP meetings. Drop in to our Alternative Dispute Resolution Office Hours, every Tuesday, from 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. and ask your questions!  We can also support you in using the tools/skills in your virtual IEP meetings.  Office hours will run until May 31st 

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Additional Resources

Our Partners Who Help Us Help You:

Peak Parent Center [Exiting CDE]

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Thrive [Exiting CDE]

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Disability Law Colorado [Exiting CDE]

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Mary Anne Fleury, Ph.D.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist
Exceptional Student Services Unit
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 866-6649
Email Mary Anne Fleury

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