Mediation and Conflict Resolution

The Virginia School Boards Association is pleased to announce a new service that is available to school boards in Virginia 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 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 VSBA Offering Mediation Services?

  •  School Boards often find they have no real means of working through conflicts that can arise on elected boards
  •  A board in conflict distracts the work of the board away from its mission, to serve the students of the division
  •  School Board members may find that mediation services can help the members of the board work together when other means of board development are not successful

For additional information on VSBA Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services, please contact Gina Patterson, executive director at 1-800-446-8722 or

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