Jeanne Asherman was an Attorney and Mediator in Silver Spring, Maryland. She served as a Mediator to the World Bank, Circuit Courts in Maryland, the D.C. Special Education Panel, and private parties and conducts training/workshops on conflict resolution. She had a B.A. in Psychology, a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center, advanced mediation training and studied aspects of conflict resolution at the University of Maryland. During her more than 20 years of law practice, she has represented over 400 children in legal matters, including special education, custody, adoption, juvenile delinquency, and abuse and neglect proceedings. Her past positions include Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Gallaudet University, Assistant Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, and Instructor of Law at N.Y.U. School of Law. She has published in a number of fields, including juvenile delinquency, child welfare, comparative and international law.
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Conflict Resolution under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. 1401 et. seq (IDEA) is overall an extremely well-written statute designed to improve education results by ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for those with disabilities. In the important area of conflict resolution, however, substantial revision is needed.
Decreasing Violence Through Conflict Resolution Education In Schools
In an effort to address the fear of parents, “Zero Tolerance
Policies” are being applied in schools in such a way as to penalize minor conflicts. Research has consistently shown conflict resolution training to be a far more effective means of decreasing violence. This
article concludes that schools can not avoid being involved in teaching
children methods of conflict resolution and have a responsibility to
consciously insure that appropriate methods are being taught.