WSEMS: Mediation

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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It is important for parents and school staff to resolve IEP-related issues quickly when they arise.  Mediation is one helpful way to address an impasse or dispute. This workshop includes information about the free mediation services available from the WI Special Education Mediation System (“WSEMS” for short); federal and state laws related to mediation; when and how to request mediation; who are the mediators; participation in mediation; and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a better understanding of the Wisconsin Special Education System and how to access the system’s services.
  • Create a better understanding of what mediation is and what types of situations it is best for.
  • Create a better understanding of what a mediation participant can expect from the beginning of the process to the end.

Nissan Bar-Lev is the Director of Special Education for CESA 7 & is one of 3 Partners who administer the WI Special Education Mediation System. Nissan co-chairs the Special Projects Committee for WCASS. He serves on the Governor’s Autism Council, Children’s Long-Term Support Council & chairs the State Superintendent's Blind & Visual Impairment Education Council. He serves on the SAA Assessment Team, the WI RtI/PBIS Advisory Council, & National IDEA Partnership “Creating Agreement” team. He is a co-author of Special Education in Plain Language.

Courtney Salzer is the Executive Director of WI FACETS. She also serves as the Director of the OSEP-funded Region C Parent Technical Assistance Center and of the WI Parent Training and Information Center. Courtney has spent most of her career working on systems change efforts related to children with disabilities, including serving as the former Director of WI FACETS’ State Professional Development Grant and WI FACETS’ Youth Mentoring Programs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree and Law Degree from Marquette University and possesses a Professional Certificate in Non Profit Management from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to her work at WI FACETS, Courtney was an attorney in private practice, where she did a variety of civil litigation. Courtney is the mother of two school-aged children with disabilities and the sister of a young adult with a disability.

Workshop Registration Form

Workshop Registration Form

Registration is required for all WI FACETS–sponsored workshops. You may use the form below to register or you may register by calling us at 877-374-0511. If you use the form, please make sure to include the title and date of the event you are registering for.

All WI FACETS-sponsored workshops are free.  Requests for any special accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the event. Please list any accommodations requested in the “Special Request” box below.