Collaborative communication between the core classroom team is essential in providing an individual receiving special education services with the support he or she needs. All individuals who play an active role in monitoring and implementing goals, working with students on a regular basis and/or are included within IEPs should be a part of the core classroom team. This may include: general educators, paraprofessionals, job coaches, and related service providers including therapists, consultants, and support staff. Effective collaboration requires intentionality and training. It helps build relationships and creates effective teams that work together to foster greater opportunities for inclusion. When the team collaborates, student involvement and potential for growth in academic and functional skills increases. Consider using the following document to assist in setting the foundation for collaborative communication with your team.
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