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Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System – Burns Mediation Services
The Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS) has been helping parents and schools resolve disputes about special education since 1996. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) contracts with the WSEMS to implement this statewide special education mediation system. WSEMS is responsible for: maintaining, supporting, and improving the WSEMS to ensure statewide availability of a high quality system of mediation and facilitation to parents and educators for resolving disputes in special education; coordinating case intake, screening, and referral; explaining the process and benefits of mediation to parties; providing training and technical support for the mediators; modeling collaboration and promoting awareness about the WSEMS and early dispute resolution options; offering training in Wisconsin and nationwide about WSEMS and the stakeholders’ based model, mediation and early conflict resolution for parents, schools and others; developing awareness about mediation, the WSEMS, and early conflict resolution through dissemination of materials in English and Spanish; collecting, evaluating, and disseminating data, including the identifying of trends and the effectiveness of the WSEMS.
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