What is Instructional Support?

  • What is Instructional Support?

    • Instructional support for each child in the classroom.  Classroom teachers monitor daily performance and provide support as necessary.  Support may be necessary in academics, behavioral, emotional, social, speech and language, or work habits.
    • If students do not make adequate progress with classroom based strategies and interventions, a teacher may proceed forward the the Instructional Support Team.
    Who is the Instructional Support Team?
    • Members of the Instructional Support Team include:  parents, classroom teacher, IST teacher, principal, guidance counselor, reading specialists, speech teacher, and school psychologist.  Occasionally, upper level students may be invited to meetings to help them take an active role in their learning process.
    What is the Instructional Support Team Process?
    • If it is determined that a child should move forward with the IST process, the IST teacher will consult with the classroom teacher.  The classroom teacher will fill out the Request for Collaboration Form.  Information is also gathered from specialists and other school personnel.
    • A summary report is generated.  This report will include the student's strengths, needs, and measurable goals.
    • A meeting date and time is scheduled.  Classroom teachers will notify parents if a student is referred to the Instructional Support Team.
    • Consultation regarding alternative strategies and interventions will result in the creation of an action plan designed specifically for the child. 
    • A reconvene date may be scheduled based upon need.  Parents will receive a copy of the action plan.
    • For students who do not adequately respond to a variety of strategies and interventions that have been implemented with fidelity, the IST team may suggest additional testing.  This testing would help to determine potential eligibility for special educational services.