Below you will find the sessions for each day of the Symposium. Materials associated with each session are accessible by clicking on the session title. Recordings for select sessions from Days 2 and 3 are now available! Note: Transcripts of videos can be made available upon request:

Full Agenda for In-person Event

Full Agenda for Virtual Event (Days 2 & 3)

 A recording of this session is available.

Title Speakers
8:30am - 9:45pm MDT
Breakfast & Plenary - Keynote Address from Kiran Singh Sirah, Storytelling: A Gift of Hope Kiran Singh Sirah
10:00am - 11:30am MDT
ADR in California: The Use of Federal Grants to Expand and Enhance the Parent-School Relationship   Rick Homutoff, Ed.D.
Jennifer Brooksby, M.S.
Building Educational Systems that Anchor Trust: It's More Than a Vision Statement! Dr. Darlene Sampson
Creating and Leveraging a Community “Partnership Continuum” Kathy Clayton
David Carrales
IDEA Hearing Officers- Stages and Phases in a Hearing Officer's Career Path Claudette Rushing, J.D
Terri Hagen
PROGRESS Center: Supporting Educators in Responding to the Endrew Supreme Court Decision   Tessie Rose Bailey
Restoring Family-Professional Partnerships: Lessons Learned From a Qualitative Inquiry of Families of Children w/Sensory Loss Silvia M Correa-Torres
Sandy Bowen
Tracy Gershwin, PhD
Lanya McKittrick
Using Trauma Informed Systems Thinking to Ensure Quality Outcomes from Alternative Dispute Resolution   Veronica Coates
Elizabeth Engelken
Aubrie Fulk
Anjanette Pelletier
1:15pm - 2:45pm MDT
Accessing Justice Equally: Building Opportunities for Culturally Sensitive Mediation to Diverse Participants in Special Education Dispute Resolution    Lenore Knudtson
Stephanie Weaver
Addressing Special Education Disputes at the Lowest Level Appropriate: Avoiding Due Process Dr. Angela Balsley
Dr. Janet R Decker
Behavioral Barriers in Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution Jason A Harper
Building Inclusivity and Trusted Community Through Alternative Dispute Resolution   Adriana Aro
Mildred Browne
Ombuds Programs: A Flexible and Responsive Resource for Families and Schools Dr. Timothy Hedeen
Partners in Practice: The Development of a “Complaint Toolkit”    Heather Olivier
Reviewing Recent Guidance from OSEP
3:00pm - 4:30pm MDT
Addressing Equity in the Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Network   Julie Durando
Megan Cote
Effective Partnership with Diverse Families Joy Sebe
Jennifer Stanton
How to Navigate and Conduct Meaningful Equity-Based Conversations   Robin OShea
Cassie Velasquez
Introducing the IEP Team Relationship Reset Dr. Rob Keiter
Leveraging Conflict Management Tools to Sustain an Inclusive Parent-School Partnership Odilla Sidime
Massachusetts Innovation: How Notification, Content-Specific Mediators, and Emphasis on Accessibility Promotes Dynamic and Effective Mediation Myrto Flessas
Rebecca Stone
SEVA (Special Education Volunteer Advocates): Building Family Capacity and Creating Agreement through Value-Add Collaboration   Diana Autin
Jeannette Mejias
Michele Tyler
Title Speakers
8:30am - 10:00am MDT
Breakfast & Plenary - Keynote Address from Dr. Darlene Sampson, We are the RIGHT People at the RIGHT time to CHANGE the World!
10:15am - 11:45am MDT
Exploring the Cultural Expectations in Special Education and their Impact on CLD Families Diana Cruz
Goals Together for Partnership: A Multiple-Case Study Implementation Project of a School-Wide Family-School Partnership Model   Tracy Gershwin, PhD
Kathleen Kyzar
IDEA ADR OS Upgrade: 1.5 to 2.1 Greg Abell
Carlo Rossi
Prevention of Disputes through IEP Facilitation: A Collaborative Project between an SEA and LEA Mary Anne Fleury
Geralynn Olvey, Ed.D.
Pulling Back the Curtain on Motives: Discovering the Whys Behind Conflict Behaviors    Randall Reese, M.S., C.P.M.
Training IEP Meeting Participants for Family-Friendly and Culturally Competent IEPs Using Simulations Natalie Holdren
Emily Evanstein
Desirae Maier
What Does the Child Really Need? Moving Beyond “Medically Necessary” Versus “Educationally Appropriate” Service Conflicts Edward Feinberg, Ph.D.
Deborah Badawi, M.D.
Jonathan Beyer
Rene Averitt-Sanzone
1:15pm - 2:45pm MDT
Due Process in a Quarantined World: The Nuts & Bolts of Effective Virtual Hearings Jake McElligott
Cathy Skidmore
Expanding Special Education Advocacy: Replication of the Volunteer Advocacy Project by Community-Based Family Support Organizations   Samantha Goldman
Amy A Holbert
Let’s Deal with Conflict! Bridging the Research to Practice Gap for Collaborative IEP Team Outcomes   Tracy Gershwin, PhD
Amy Kilpatrick
Preparing the Soil for Conflict Engagement: Mediator Tools, Techniques, and Tenets to Grow By Randall Reese, M.S., C.P.M.
Routes to Resolution within the Scottish Education System Sandra Mitchell
Elaine MacLennan, B.A , C.Q.S.W , MSc, LLB
Using Applied Improvisation to Building Successful Partnerships Marc Purchin
Fran Goldfarb