LINDA M. BAMBARA
Throughout this book, we advocate a collaborative team-based approach for designing positive behavior support (PBS) plans. This chapter is about teaming, or how school personnel, other professionals, and families can work together to design individualized supports for students who engage in challenging behaviors. We begin by providing a definition and rationale for collaborative teaming, followed by a discussion of essential elements of a good team. The remainder of the chapter illustrates how team-building strategies can be infused into the five-step PBS process introduced in Chapter 3.
In its simplest form, a collaborative team consists of two or more people working together to meet a common goal (Snell & Janney, 2000; Robbins & Finley, 2000; Thousand & Villa, 2000). A team may consist of a parent and teacher working together to design supports for the home; in the case of more comprehensive supports across settings, a team may involve many people, such as parents, teachers, school administrators, behavior special-