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A Community Conference is a conflict resolution process that uses a restorative justice framework to address incidents of harm in schools, communities and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems. 

A neutral facilitator convenes the Conference and brings together all those involved in, and affected by, an incident or conflict in order to:

  • Hear what happened directly from those involved.

  • Tell how each individual has been affected by the situation.

  • Create a written agreement that addresses what needs to be done to repair the harm and to look at how to decrease the chances of it happening again. Everyone is part of the solution.


It is a confidential process between the facilitator and the participants.


Nothing is lost by trying a community conference. If an agreement is not reached, or participants do not comply with their agreement, the case is returned to the referral source to be dealt with in the usual manner. Participation in the conference is voluntary.


CMCC uses a model developed by the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, MD. For more information email


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An Independent Facilitator talks to the parents and the IEP Chair in advance to support the development of a meeting agenda. The facilitator also helps make sure that everyone has a chance to speak and be heard while keeping the discussion focused.


Our facilitators are highly trained volunteers and staff from our mediation Center. The facilitators are not members of the IEP team and do not have a relationship with the school or the parents and remain neutral. 


The purpose for the facilitated IEP meeting is to help IEP team members communicate effectively and develop an education program to meet the student's needs. Some benefits include:

  • Building the foundation for on-going communication and collaboration between the family and the school throughout the year.

  • The chance to for team members to develop and keep good working  relationships.

  • The service is offered at no cost as a service of our Center.

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Attendance mediation responds to the challenges of truancy by bringing together students, parents and teachers to identify underlying issues and develop a collaborative plan to address these issues. 

Attendance mediation aims to improve attendance by building communication between the family and school through mediation. Research shows that repeated chronic truancy begins during a child’s elementary years and that truancy during one academic year is highly predictive of future attendance problems. Attendance mediation can also address chronic tardiness, another indicator of future truancy.


During attendance mediations, the mediator works with families and school representatives to identify and address the complex factors that cause truancy for that particular child. Families are often made aware of resources available to support them within the school and community.

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