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National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2017
For more than 40 years many organizations, families, and advocates for students with disabilities have worked toward creating a more inclusive public education system. As a result, many more students served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) spend 80% or more of their school day in general education classrooms. But a…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Disabilities, Inclusion, Educational History
National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2017
Years of data show many students exit the U.S. educational system unprepared for college and career. In response, the White House launched the "My Brother's Keeper" (MBK) initiative, calling for the closing of opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. SWIFT Center assembled a national task force to determine how SWIFT can…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Guidelines, Equal Education, Design Requirements
Gross, Judith – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2017
For many students with disabilities, their school experience began or quickly became non-inclusive. As schools increasingly adopt inclusive practices, these students and their families may have questions or concerns. This brief provides strategies, suggestions, and resources for schools to help families understand and become a vital part of the…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Inclusion, Family Involvement, Student Adjustment
National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2017
Inclusive Behavior Instruction features universal or schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports in a multi-tiered system of support. Many schools use School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SWPBIS; Horner et al., 2009) for this purpose. Andreau, McIntosh, Ross, and Kahn describe thirteen characteristics of…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Intervention, Student Behavior, School Personnel
Lawrence, K. S. – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2016
A Fully Integrated Educational System practices collaborative learning among all peers. The study summarized in this report (Zhang, X., Anderson, R. C., Morris, J., Miller, B., Nguyen-Janiel, K. T., Lin, T., Zhang, J., Jadallah, M., Scott, T., Sun, J., Latawjec, B., Ma, S., Grabow, K., & Hsu, J. Y. (2016). "Improving children's competence…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods, Program Effectiveness
Lawrence, K. S. – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2016
The study summarized in this research to practice brief, "Creating data-driven instructional systems in school: The new instructional leadership," Halverson, R., Grigg, J., Pritchett, R., & Thomas, C. (2015), "Journal of School Leadership," 25. 447-481, investigated whether student outcome improvements were linked to the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Secondary Education, Data
McCart, Amy; McSheehan, Michael; Sailor, Wayne; Mitchiner, Melinda; Quirk, Carol – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2016
The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) employs six technical assistance (TA) practices that support an initial transformation process while simultaneously building system capacity to sustain and scale up equity-based inclusion in additional schools and districts over time. This paper explains these individual practices and…
Descriptors: Technical Assistance, Equal Education, Educational Improvement, Visualization
Lawrence, K. S. – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2016
This brief describes how to use a free online behavior screener to identify student support needs in middle and high schools. Inclusive Behavior Instruction utilizes data to identify appropriate social-emotional supports for all students. The Lane et al. (2016) study demonstrated system-wide use of a free online behavior screener at the middle and…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Middle School Students
Beitz, Linda M.; Mitchiner, Melinda; Sailor, Wayne; Nelson, Loui Lord – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2016
This blueprint provides an overview of the technical assistance (TA) practices and collaborative learning structures that support state education agencies (SEAs) in whole system implementation of Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Domains and Features, and in the development of state-level infrastructure hospitable to…
Descriptors: Technical Assistance, Equal Education, Inclusion, Educational Change
Stonemeier, Jenny; Trader, Barb; Kaloi, Laura; Williams, Gabrielle – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2016
Within the SWIFT framework, the Inclusive Policy Structure and Practice domain addresses the need for a supportive, reciprocal partnership between the school and its district or local educational agency. Therefore, intentional and effective policy decision-making processes are integral to SWIFT implementation. Such processes create opportunities…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Participative Decision Making, Cooperative Planning
McCart, Amy; McSheehan, Michael; Sailor, Wayne – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2015
Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center's technical assistance process supports states, districts, and schools as they become excellent and equitable teaching and learning environments for "all" students. Each school with support from its district begins this process from its own starting point and travels its…
Descriptors: Technical Assistance, Educational Change, Sustainability, Change Strategies
Sailor, Wayne; McCart, Amy; McSheehan, Michael; Mitchiner, Melinda; Quirk, Carol – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2014
The national center on Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT Center) is now approaching the halfway point in its first full year of providing intensive technical assistance (TA) to 68 schools in 20 local educational agencies across five states. The purpose of this brief is to provide a thumbnail sketch of how this TA process…
Descriptors: Technical Assistance, Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Accessibility (for Disabled)
McCart, Amy B.; Sailor, Wayne S. – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2014
SWIFT is a national center whose mission is to help educators provide academic and behavioral support resulting in excellence in education for all students, including boys and young men of color. This mission presumes all educators, school and district staff, family members, and the local community have shared responsibility for the teaching and…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Males, Educational Change, Change Strategies
National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2014
Presented here are references to books, chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles that provide evidence for improved student outcomes through inclusive education in elementary and middle schools (K-8th grades). Not included here are the broad evidence bases for each feature in the SWIFT framework.
Descriptors: Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Elementary School Students
Stonemeier, Jennifer; Trader, Barbara; Kingston, Mary; Richards, Curtis; Blank, Rolf; East, Bill – National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform: The SWIFT Center, 2014
The SWIFT Center (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) is an initiative to bring about educational equity district by district until all students excel, including students with the most profound needs. As the national technical assistance center to build schoolwide inclusive practices to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Districts, Equal Education, Elementary Schools
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