We talk about the idea of “community” often in education. But what is that really? The word “community” has its roots in Latin (communitas) and is defined as a social group of any size who share common goals and values. Educators create a feeling of community within their classrooms by having their students develop the ground rules for the group. Community fits in nicely with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. A sense of belonging to the group is closely tied to self-confidence, achievement, and mutual respect. But “community” within Special Education doesn’t stop there.