SWIFT Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation

SWIFT is a national K-8 technical assistance center that builds school capacity to provide academic and behavioral support to improve outcomes for all students through equity-based inclusion

Ideas that Work

We Believetogether we can transform education so that it benefits each and every student, their families, and ultimately the communities in which they live.

Right to Belong

US public education laws establish the right of every child to a fair and equal opportunity for education. Equity-based inclusion works to ensure every child has a sense of belonging in that public education system.
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All Means All

Diversity is a natural part of the human experience, and students will always need varied support. Equity-based inclusion is about creating schools where all students, including those with extensive needs, are fully valued, welcomed, well supported, and engaged in learning.
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Better Together

Research shows when students with different support needs learn together, they experience better academic and behavioral outcomes, social relationships, high school graduation rates, and post-school success.
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SWIFT is a framework of five evidence-based domains, each with two core features.

Administrative Leadership

In SWIFT schools, strong and actively engaged administrative leaders are committed to improving teaching and learning within a system that empowers educators and school personnel.

Multi-Tiered System of Support

A multi-tiered system of support is a continuum of research-based, system-wide practices of data-based decision making used to meet the academic and behavior needs of all students.
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Integrated Educational Framework

An integrated educational framework encompasses ALL students, personnel and stakeholders within a positive school culture and ensures full access for ALL students to participate in all school-related activities.
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Family & Community Engagement

Families, community members, and schools form a partnership in which each benefits from and supports the others.
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Inclusive Policy Structure & Practice

Inclusive policy structure and practice includes a supportive, reciprocal partnership between the school and its district or local educational agency.

SWIFT Field Guide provides a way for school teams to explore SWIFT features through the SWIFT-in-60 video series and companion Discussion Guides.


SWIFT Field Guide contains high quality annotated and narrated PowerPoint presentations for sharing SWIFT features with educators, families, and community members.


SWIFT Field Guide outlines five steps for a school to get started.  With each step are links to practical, downloadable resources.

Visit SWIFT Shelf to find more research articles, briefs, school and district tools, and more resources to support equity-based inclusive education.

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