CMCSS Support Team
This page includes an overview of the entire support team process, which means it is lengthy and contains a wealth of information. If you are looking for specific forms or a particular part of the process, please click on the appropriate subheading/pages (located on the left side of the screen) for a more detailed view of that area, as it may be more time efficient to look within the subheading, rather than search this entire page for one specific piece of information for which you are looking.
The Support Team - Purpose and Background
It is the purpose of this wiki to help teachers with the Support Team process. Here you will find forms, resources, and other helpful links in finding effective solutions that may help students become more successful with grade level expectations. Grade level representatives can help guide you with this process also.
What is the Support Team?
The support team is a regular education process that identifies and plans alternative instruction and strategies for children in need of assistance. The support team is a group of teachers that meet to help find solutions that can help struggling students with reading, math, speech/language or behavior. It is the job of the S-team to act as a "THINK TANK" to help analyze and solve the puzzle of what is going on with a student so that he or she may be more successful in the classroom. It is also the job of a S-team to revise, review and monitor the effectiveness of interventions in order to produce the desired change. For a brochure explaining the Support Team process, please click Parent Information Tab at the top.
Why do we have this process?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that makes provisions for children with disabilities to receive special education services. The law began as the Education for all Handicapped Act in 1975. It has gone through many changes and it was reauthorized by Congress in 2004. This process is designed to ensure appropriate instruction and intervention for any student who requires something beyond the general core curriculum. The intent of the process is dual-fold -- it supports the student and his/her needs and it offers support to instructional staff working with a student.
Why has the process changed in the past few years?
For years, schools had to wait for the student to fall behind in their grade level to receive special education services, but now with changes and regulations in the IDEIA, schools are encouraged to find ways to determine when a child needs extra help (intervention). The process encouraged and implemented nationally is called Response To Intervention or RTI.