The number one thing that has helped inclusion work for the classroom teachers and myself seems to be joint planning. Our school could not budget this but my creative instructional assistant Karen Clarke suggested she substitute at dismissal time once a week (3-3:30) so we can plan. The classroom teacher sends me a short form with a rough sketch of her upcoming week. We both bring our materials and ideas for lessons and use this time specifically to plan. We try to limit extraneous conversations. On the rare week that we do not get to plan, there is a significant difference on the delivery of services and the quality of team teaching.