Anita Engiles has been involved in providing formal dispute resolution services since 1982. Her training and experience in conflict resolution and management of disputes encompasses a wide range of settings including special education, workplace, divorce, family, community and cross-cultural. She has been a trainer in court, community and university environments.
Ms. Engiles has mediated cases which have included cross-cultural issues arising from differences of race, gender and class. She has taught a bi-lingual Head Start class in California, a special education class in rural North Carolina, and English as a Second Language in Korea. She designed and taught a conciliation training for a multi-cultural group of mediators to resolve disputes and rebuild relationships between educators and parents of children with special needs.
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Encouraging the Use of Mediation by Families from Diverse Backgrounds
School systems and families sometimes have different
perspectives about the education of children with
disabilities. When a family files for a due process hearing,
the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Amendments of
1997 [P.L. 105-17] requires state departments of education to
provide access to mediation to help resolve these differences.
For some families mediation is a viable and relatively easily
understood process. For many families, however, mediation is
an unknown process and may seem inaccessible or