Working Collaboratively

The majority of students with disabilities spend most of their day learning in general education classrooms. General and special education teachers, as well as related service providers such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, counselors, paraprofessionals, and other professionals, must develop strong collaborative relationships to seamlessly support students in maximizing their learning and achievement of CCRS.

The resources below provide resources on how to develop and strengthen collaboration across all professionals working with students who receive special education services. 

IRIS Center offers a wide variety of free, online resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices, including modules, case studies and research summaries developed in collaboration with nationally-recognized researchers and education experts, to support the education of all children, particularly those with disabilities. 

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning provides resources to promote collaborative decision-making to ensure equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and
  5. transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.  

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition provides a “Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community- Business Partnerships”. It includes information about the roles and benefits of various partners, as well as strategies for engaging these partners.