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Board Meetings

November 20, 2007

Shared Solutions

Shared Solutions:  A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students With Special Education Needs, 2007’ was published by the Ministry of Education as a resource guide intended to helps parents, educators, and students with special education needs work together to prevent conflicts, resolve them quickly, and allow students to develop their full potential and succeed in school.  The publication of this document follows one of the recommendations from the ‘Special Education Transformation: The Report (2006)’.

Key messages from ‘Shared Solutions’:

A focus on conflict prevention strategies can be an exercise in building relationships of mutual trust and respect.
Strategies within the guide are intended to enhance the abilities of parents, students and educators to work constructively together to address concerns early.
A “culture of collaboration” and a positive school climate can help parents and educators work constructively together to address concerns related to programs and services before they become sources of conflict.
Achieving and maintaining a positive school climate requires teamwork on the part of educators, parents, and students.

The sections of the document include:

16112007_94734_0.png        Understanding Conflict
16112007_94734_0.png        Preventing Conflicts
16112007_94734_0.png        Resolving Conflicts
16112007_94734_0.png        Collaborative Approaches to Resolving Conflicts.  

‘Shared Solutions’ incorporates practical examples for using informal conflict resolution techniques.  Although the document is intended to address conflicts affecting students with special education needs, the strategies it discusses can be used to resolve conflicts for all students, as well as conflicts that arise in contexts outside the education system.

Presented for information to:                                   For further information please contact,
Bluewater District School Board                                 Lori Wilder, Superintendent of Student Services
November 20, 2007

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