Schools are Communities – Conflicts are Natural
Like all communities, public and private K-12 schools will naturally experience conflicts arising from competing interests, limited resources, and inherent imbalances in power, authority, and responsibility. Students, teachers, administrators, and parents are all essential to the community, each depending on and supporting themselves and each other in fundamental ways.
This interdependence can lead to deeply fulfilling experiences and connections that enrich everyone’s lives and transform groups into communities. But it can also lead to feelings of vulnerability, frustration and even anger that pit individuals and groups against each other and erode the trust that holds the school community together.
We help public and private K-12 school communities navigate conflicts, solve problems, rebuild relationships, and restore trust. Here are some examples of common conflicts we can help you resolve:
Institutional Decision-Making and Policy Matters
My mediation and dispute resolution practice focuses exclusively on conflicts arising in public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. I chose this focus because I am a product of public and private school education, and because I have dedicated my entire professional career to education and education law.
My empathy and efficacy in educational conflict resolution comes from my professional and personal experience and expertise as:
A Public and Private School Student
A Private School Apprentice Teacher
A Public Elementary School Classroom Teacher and Union Representative
An Attorney for Students and Parents
An Attorney for Colleges and Universities
A Public and Private School Parent