Meditation & Conflict Resolution
TSBA is pleased to announce a new service that is available to Tennessee School Boards called Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
What is Mediation and Conflict Resolution?
- A process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict
- A flexible process that can be used to settle disputes in a whole range of situations
- A way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects
- An effective way of resolving disputes
How Does Mediation Work?
- Mediation involves an independent third party – a mediator** – who helps both sides come to an agreement
- The mediator** acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process
- Mediation is becoming a more peaceful and internationally accepted solution to resolve conflict
- Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude
Why is TSBA Offering Mediation Services?
- Boards of Education often find they have no real means of dealing with the conflicts that so often arise on elected bodies
- A Board in conflict is rarely able to be as effective as it should be
- Providing this service* is another way TSBA fulfills its mission: To Assist School Boards in Effectively Governing School Districts
*This service will be offered by Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, Randall Bennett at $250 per hour plus expenses.
**Mediator has met the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 and has been trained as a Civil Mediator at the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management, and is listed by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission as a Rule 31 Civil Mediator. Additionally, he has had previous training as a negotiator.
TSBA Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel
800-448-6465, ext. 3902