Carlo Rossi

(707) 478-4717

I have been involved in Special Education advocacy and mediation for over forty years. I recently retired from spending twenty years as the Independent Child Advocate (Ombudsperson) for the Sonoma County SELPA. I have been an instructor in the Special Education Department at San Francisco State University for twenty-five years and previously worked for the California Department of Education Compliance Department, United Cerebral Palsy Association, and Community Alliance for Special Education. I have been a frequent presenter for the State of California Statewide Dispute Resolution Conference, CADRE and LRP. I am passionate about parents and districts working collaboratively and cooperatively together while meeting the needs of student’s with unique learning challenges.

Areas of Expertise

  • ADR
  • ADR Best Practices
  • Changing the School Culture for ADR
  • COVID-19 Related Issues
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creating Systems (e.g., ADR Continuum)
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Due Process
  • Facilitated IEPs
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Parental Relationships & Advocacy
  • Resolving Complaints (e.g., Resolution Sessions)
  • Training Parents for ADR Processes