Specialized Instructional Support

Teacher helping a student with their assignment.Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP), also known as student support services, or pupil services, include prevention, intervention, transition and follow-up services for students and families. SISP provide direct services for all children and youth, especially those who are experiencing problems that create barriers to learning. Direct services are provided by means such as education, counseling, consultation and individual assessment. In addition, SISP provide in-service training, parent education, community collaboration and carry out student service program management. SISP are a vital part of comprehensive school program success.

Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 Definition of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel: Title VIII, SEC. 8002. The term 'specialized instructional support personnel' means— i) school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists; and ii) other qualified professional personnel, such as school nurses, speech language pathologists,and school librarians, involved in providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services (including related services as that term is defined in section 602 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401) as part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs.


Cynthia Floyd, Student Support Services Consultant for School Counseling
NC Department of Public Instruction
6341 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6341

Lynn Makor, School Psychology Consultant
NC DPI Exceptional Children
6356 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6356

Ann O. Nichols, State School Health Nurse Consultant and Nursing Supervisor
NC Department of Health and Human Services
NC Division of Public Health
1928 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC 27699-1928