April 4, 2019


Representatives Dave Loebsack (IA-02) & Bradley Byrne (AL-01) and Senators John Cornyn (TX) & Maggie Hassan (NH) recently introduced resolutions declaring the week of April 8th through April 12th, 2019 as National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week. We urge you to write to your legislators to ask them to cosponsor this important resolution. This templated email, provided courtesy of The American Occupational Therapy Association offers talking points on the benefits of SISPs and connects you to your legislators.  Don’t forget to type in your own story on how art therapists in schools improve student outcomes and change lives!

Art therapists and their Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) colleagues collaborate to provide school-wide interventions to reduce barriers to learning and teaching, while promoting better outcomes for students and schools.

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National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

The AATA is a proud member of the National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP), which represents more than one million Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) nationwide.  SISP professionals 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 and ultimately become productive citizens. SISP works with teachers, administrators, and parents to ensure that all students are successful in school.  NASISP seeks to empower SISP professionals by encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration, and affirming their role in education’s best practices and their involvement in school improvement efforts.

Join us on social media next week as we celebrate #SISPinSchools from April 8-12!