SchoolTalk sees the ‘power with’ approach as the key to effective special education conflict resolution. SchoolTalk recognizes that empowering all voices within and beyond the District of Columbia disability community to create positive change will ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and successful future for all youth with disabilities.


SchoolTalk helps the DC special education community (including students, families, schools, government agencies and community organizations) constructively address each stage of conflict, from prevention to whole systems change.


Conflict Resolution Continuum




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Power with partners is the heart of SchoolTalk’s work. Whether you are a student, teacher, parent or community member, we invite you to reach out so we can collaborate.

  • DC high school special education teacherSpeaking about the VSA SmART Skills residency

    "The kids had a great time! Thank you for the opportunity!"

  • Youth leader Speaking about the youth-led workshops at the Annual Voices of Change Conference

    "It's fun to do something with your peers and learn from peers because they understand where you are coming from."

  • High school principalSpeaking about a SchoolTalk special education conflict resolution training

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the training.  It gave me some additional tools to effectively communicate and manage conflict.  It was one of the best trainings that I have ever attended."