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What is IST?


Mission Statement:  The Council Rock Elementary Support Teams are committed to fostering the educational and personal growth of our children by removing the barriers to life-long learning.  We strive to meet each child's needs through a strengths-based process that addresses social, emotional, academic, and vocational development.


IST Philosophy:  The IST process represents a system of problem-solving driven by students' needs.  At the core of the process is the belief that all students can learn and all students matter.  IST maximizes the teaching resources by incorporating the best in education in A SYSTEMATIC SEARCH FOR WHAT WORKS.


The Instructional Support Team (IST) is a positive, success-oriented program which uses specific assessment and intervention techniques to help maximize individual student success in the regular classroom.  The team looks to answer the question, "What resources can we use to increase the student's chance of success?"


The IST concept is based on teamwork.  Collaboration and joint planning occur throughout the entire process.  Each member of the team has input and decision making power to determine which methods, learning strategies, special techniques, or programs best address the student's needs.