2021 NASISP Congressional Briefing

The Value of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel in Improving School and Student Outcomes Post COVID-19

Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) provide and support school-based prevention and intervention services to address barriers to educational success, ensure positive conditions for learning, and help all students achieve academically. SISP work with teachers, administrators, and families to ensure all students are successful in school. The services SISP provide are critical to address the impact of the COVID-19 instructional disruption on student’s learning and physical and mental health to ensure every student has the supports needed to thrive.

    Moderator: Phyllis Wolfram, Executive Director, Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)

  • Dr. Julia Szarko, NCSP, NASP 2021 School Psychologist of the Year, Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA
  • Dr. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, EdD, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Associate Dean, College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • Natalie Generally Kirk, MMEd, LPMT, MT-BC, President-Elect, Southeastern Region, American Music Therapy Association, Music Therapist – Fulton County Georgia Schools
  • Laurie Combe, MN, RN, NCSN, President, National Association of School Nurses, Consultant for School Nursing & School Health, serving the Texas Region 4 Educational Service Center