* IST stands for Instructional Support Team which includes the instructional support teacher, the classroom teacher, the building principal, and numerous educational specialists.
* The IST teacher will work with students one-on-one or in small groups to deliver instruction as needed to help students make progress toward meeting specific learning goals.
* The team makes a decision on how to best assist a child based on data, observations, and needs.
* Consistent data collection, team effort, and use of research-based resources help guide students to success.
IST, or Instruction Support Team, is part of a Multi Tier Support System or MTSS. Simply put, it is a process of systematically documenting the performance of students in regards to academic progress, behavior and or social emotional needs, as evidence of the need for additional services after making changes in classroom instruction. The purpose is to consider the whole child and how to best support each student as best we can.
Bridges Intervention provides targeted instruction and assessment for essential K–5 mathematics skills within a tiered system of support. The small-group instruction and ongoing progress monitoring are consistent with a Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework.
Intended to complement regular math instruction, Bridges Intervention is ideal for small groups and can also be used with individuals. Students work with models that spur thinking and build confidence—starting with manipulatives, moving to two-dimensional representations and then mental images. Organized by content rather than grade, progress monitoring is key to the program. Each focused, 30-minute session is matched to student needs.