Mission Statement:The mission of the Instructional Support Team Process is to identify the learning needs of students experiencing school difficulties or who are at risk of failure and to provide them with academic, emotional, and/or behavior support needed to succeed in school.Frequently Asked Questions:The Owen J. Roberts School District is committed to the Instructional Support Team (IST) Process as a collaborative team effort to facilitate success for all students.What is the Instructional Support Process?
Instructional Support is a process to maximize individual student success, while at the same time serving as a screening process for students who may be in need of specialized education services. Instructional Support is a positive, success-oriented program which uses specific assessment and intervention techniques to help remove educational or behavioral stumbling blocks for all students in the regular classroom. The process consists of a team working together to identify the student’s needs, set goals, and develop an intervention plan to achieve those goals. Administrators, faculty, and parents are all members of the Instructional Support Team. An Instructional Support Facilitator is assigned to each elementary school and the middle school.
What is the Function of the Instructional Support Facilitator?
The Instructional Support Facilitator provides informal collaborative support to parents, teachers, and students. Once a formal “Request for Instructional Support Team Collaboration” has been made, the Instructional Support Facilitator works with the referring teacher, parents, and student to implement the process.Duties may include:data collection and maintenance of recordscurriculum-based assessmentsperform classroom observationsconduct interviews with parents, teachers, and studentsestablish meeting schedulesassist the Team in identifying concerns and goalsmonitor the intervention plancoordinate efforts of teachers, parents, and outside agenciesmodel strategies for students, teachers, or parents coordinate referrals for available services
What Are the Benefits of Instructional Support?
Identifies students in need of academic, emotional and/or behavioral support.
Identifies students at risk of failure through a variety of screening methods and referral procedures.
Provides initial and timely assistance to teachers, students, and parents.
Uses a team approach that always encourages parent participation.
Systematically searches to identify and prioritize problems as well as strategies to assist students.
Monitors the progress of the student.
Evaluates progress and determines recommendations.