TIES Inclusive Practices Series (TIPS): Tip #2: Using Collaborative Teams to Support Students with Significant Communication Needs in Inclusive Classrooms

Jacqui Kearns, Jane Kleinert, Terri L Vandercook


A tip sheet explaining how regular team meetings that include related service providers improve the effectiveness and efficiency in the inclusive classroom as they taps into and maximize the expertise of all the team members. This collaboration directly benefits students with significant communication needs, but also can support other students as well. Successful teams maximize their planning time together by creating an agenda, problem-solving, using team norms, and evaluating their work together.

Suggested Citation

Kearns, J., Kleinert, J., & Vandercook, T. (2019). Using collaborative teams to support students with significant communication needs in inclusive classrooms (No. 2). Retrieved from TIES Center website: https://publications.ici.umn.edu/ties/communicative-competence-tips/using-collaborative-teams-to-support-students-with-significant-communication-needs-in-inclusive-classrooms


Tip Sheet 
TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Inclusive education
    • Accommodations and supports
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Students with Disabilities
    • Alternate Assessments