Marquette Alger
Resolution Service
The path to productive dispute resolution.

Marquette Alger Resolution Service provides Special Education mediation, facilitations and training at no cost for Marquette and Alger county schools and residents through the Special Education Mediation (SEMS). These services are federally funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and paid for by a grant from the Michigan Office of Special Education. 

SEMS provides services in the earliest stages of intervention and educational planning 

and beyond: 

Meeting Facilitation. Facilitation can help the parties develop the best intervention plan 

or educational program for the circumstances. A neutral facilitator helps the participants 

work through communication issues so the participants can focus on and resolve the 

issues. 

Mediation. Mediation aids the parties in resolving disputes that may arise between 

families of students with disabilities and schools. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. 

The neutral mediator fosters a cooperative discussion. The parties alone make the 

final decisions. A successful mediation can result in a written, signed agreement that can 

be incorporated into an IFSP or IEP. 

Training. Learning collaborative communication and dispute resolution techniques can 

make parents, educators, and service providers more effective in planning and decision 

making. Workshops can be adapted to the needs of organizations, staff, or parent groups. 

Outreach. The more people know about facilitation and mediation services, the more 

they can benefit from them. Presentations can be made around the state, supported by 

materials that explain the benefits of collaborative methods. 

For more information please call 833-KIDS1ST or 833-543-7178 or 

visit: https://www.mikids1st.org. Requests for services are processed through the SEMS 

central office with local service delivery coordinated with Marquette Alger Resolution Service.