Overview of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) Collection

Overview of IDEA Partnership Collaborative Work on the SISP Collection

The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. This dedication has been operationalized in the collaborative work on SISP of 15 partner organization representatives, 1 national and state technical assistance provider, and a number of local organizations and agencies. This comprehensive learning module was developed to inform the field about the role and value of specialized instructional support personnel. Members of this SISP collaborative work group represent a range of roles at all levels of the education system as well as coming from geographic locations from across the United States. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), these partners form a community with the potential to transform the way we work. Click here to view the members of the SISP Collection development team.


Specialized Instructional Support Personnel, currently known in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as pupil services and in IDEA as related services or pupil services providers, includes school professionals that provide direct services to students with disabilities.

The National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (NAPSO) describes specialized instructional support services and personnel as:

  • "Specialized instructional support services (SISS) include prevention, intervention, transition and follow-up services"
  • "Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) provide direct services such as education, therapy, counseling, assessment, and diagnosis for all children and youth who are experiencing problems that interfere with learning. They also provide consultation, professional development, parent education, community linkage, and program administration.” (National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (NAPSO))

Our Charge is to think about SISP from stakeholder perspectives at all knowledge levels, to look at things differently, and to speak to practical application by taking the ideas of researchers and making them tangible to those in the field.

    Our Goal is to provide you with access to a comprehensive collection of materials and resources to assist you in furthering understanding of SISP. We hope this collection complements your current work, and we encourage you to share it with your colleagues and peers.