Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

The National Center on Dispute Resolution (CADRE) serves as the National Center on Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education on behalf of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. CADRE works to increase the nation’s capacity to prevent and resolve special education and early intervention disputes by fostering productive home/school/provider partnerships and the use of collaborative processes to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. CADRE assists states with implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) procedural safeguards provisions and the development of high-performing dispute resolution systems through the identification and dissemination of exemplary practices related to program design, implementation, evaluation and improvement.

Director(s): Melanie Reese, Ph.D.

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Specialty Area

  • Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • Families
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies


  • Assessment Tools
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise



All States

Level of Support


Additional Information

Other Services Provided: Communication; relationship building workshops; and trainings; Systems analysis and improvement

Other Specialty Areas: Dispute Resolution; Conflict Prevention