Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution is an informal method of settling disagreements that may arise during an IEP meeting. ADR uses specific options of this process to open communication, promote understanding, and reach agreements that support and strengthen relationships. ADR is designed to meet the interests of the parties involved that result in a mutually agreeable outcome, rather than a decision solely made by a third party, hearing officer, or judge.


    How Do I Start the Process?

    Contact the Marin County SELPA  at 415.499.5850 and ask to speak to the ADR Coordinator.

    ADR Intake

    The SELPA ADR Coordinator listens to your concerns, helps you identify your interests and identifies a process to help, coordinates meetings, and monitors ADR Activities.


    The SELPA staff is available to conference with parents or district staff to intervene early, offer suggestions, and resolve concerns.

    Facilitated IEP Meetings

    A formal IEP meeting facilitated by a neutral facilitator enables the IEP team to build relationships, focus on the IEP content and the student, honor time limits and the IEP process, and work towards a resolution by the IEP team.

    Dispute Resolution Sessions

    The ADR Coordinator schedules a session that brings the disputing parties together to reach a mutually satisfying agreement with the guidance of a trained impartial mediator. The session allows both parties to listen and express their point of view.

    The mediator will help the parties try to find a solution that is acceptable to both parties. The parties decide whether or not the dispute is settled. When an agreement is reached, the specifics are put in writing and signed by all parties to signify the commitment of both parties to uphold the resolution.

    If an agreement is not reached, either party may file for Due Process.