School-Based Support Team
The School Based Support Team (SBST) provides support to teachers by recommending classroom based interventions for students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. The SBST’s mission is first and foremost about good teaching. It allows documentation of high quality instruction done by teachers with a student and it is also about using resources wisely. The outcome of an SBST meeting is the development of an Instructional Support Plan (ISP) for general education students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. The ISP should be viewed as the same as an IEP for special education students.
What is the Purpose of the Team?
The primary purpose of the School Based Support Team is to ensure all students are given the opportunity to be successful in the general education classroom by providing a structured support system for teachers and parents when students are experiencing difficulties. The SBST is a ‘school-based’, ‘solution-finding’ group that provides a forum for dialogue on the specific needs of students by parents, teachers, and other professionals. The focus of the SBST is to improve student learning and behavior. It is a collaborative problem-solving approach to increase teacher effectiveness and support students who are difficult to teach.