Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack again introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives that would designating the week of April 16-20, 2018 as National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) Appreciation Week. Loebsack’s resolution will honor the importance of SISP and the critical role they play in education. SISP includes school counselors, school nurses, psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, school social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, art therapists, dance/movement therapists, music therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

“Specialized Instructional Support Personnel help students access critical services in order to better address their non-academic needs,” said Loebsack. “As someone who grew up in poverty, I know firsthand how important outside factors can contribute to the success of the student in the classroom. The Specialized Instructional Support Personnel in our schools help teachers and administrators focus on providing education in the classroom, while providing needed assistance to students and help them achieve academic and social success. I applaud the hard work of SISP in Iowa and across the nation.”

More than one million SISP work in schools across the country, providing school-based prevention and early intervention services to reduce academic, behavioral, and social-emotional barriers to learning. As part of a multidisciplinary education team, SISP consult and collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents to ensure positive learning conditions for all students.

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