Teaming and Collaboration in Special Education Programs

Join us as we discuss ways to strengthen collaboration and teaming with special education and general education colleagues. This session will share examples of ways to organize staff, meet and share information about routines, and create a shared vision of teaming. 

After viewing a PowerPoint about strategies for teaming and collaboration, participants will create a plan with 3 new ways to collaborate with colleagues.  

Includes 1 Clock Hour

Audience: P-12 Providers and Teachers

Meet the instructor:

Kristin Ainslie is a partner manager at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington.  

Kristin’s work focuses on helping program leaders and teachers create system-wide changes to confidently include diverse learners in school settings. She leads professional development trainings on inclusive best practices and coaches teachers on innovative strategies that help all children learn and thrive. 

Prior to joining the Haring Center, Kristin worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, graduate student supervisor, social skills group teacher and parent educator. She also worked as a curriculum specialist on several national projects, including the Head Start Center for Inclusion and the National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning. In addition to her work with Professional Development and Training, Kristin works on the Family Support Team at the Experimental Education Unit. 

Molly Deutsch is an education specialist at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington.

Molly’s work focuses on coaching and consulting with providers and coaches in early childhood programs. She provides training, coaching, and consultation around inclusion and individualization for Early Achievers coaches. She also works with Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) teachers, early childhood special education teachers, and preschool teachers providing practice-based coaching, consultation, and training to support best practices in their classrooms. 

Prior to joining the Haring Center, Molly worked as a BCBA with families and teachers in the home, school, and community settings. She has expertise in supporting mealtime behaviors and supporting learners in their natural environments and within inclusive, community-based settings. Molly has also worked in the Infant and Toddler Program, Preschool, and DATA Project at the Experimental Education Unit.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the UW Haring Center Professional Development and Training team at