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Transforming Education

SWIFT is a national K-8 center that provides academic and behavioral support to promote the learning and academic achievement of all students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.

Our Purpose

Equity and Excellence for ALL

Inequality in education hurts. We believe we can change this. We believe that, together, we can transform education so that it benefits each and every student, their families, and ultimately the communities in which they reside. The SWIFT Center community uses their talents, passion, and resources to ensure that every child is a valued member of their school and given the supports they need to achieve academic and social success.

What do we mean by “every child?” Students who are struggling readers, gifted, living in poverty, students with disabilities, high achievers, culturally and ethnically diverse students, and those with the most extensive needs.

The SWIFT Center is committed to eliminating the silos in education by bridging general and specialized education to create powerful learning opportunities for students and teachers and promote active, engaged partnerships among families and community members.

How can you get involved? Sign up for our email list, connect with us on the SWIFT Talk blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to learn how your school community can benefit from SWIFT Center resources.  


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    SWIFT Features

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    Positive School Culture

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    Family Partnership

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    Peer Instruction

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    Administrative Leadership

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Domains and Features

The SWIFT domains and features are the building blocks of effective inclusive education. Research shows it takes administrative leadership, a multi-tiered system of support, family and community partnerships, an integrated education framework, and inclusive policies and practices to effectively meet the needs of ALL students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.

Prepare / Launch / Explore / Expand / Sustain
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Multi-tiered System of Support
  • Integrated Education Framework
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Inclusive Policy Structure & Practice
  • Strong and Engaged Site Leadership
  • Inclusive Academic Instruction
  • Fully-integrated Organizational Structure
  • Trusting Family Partnerships
  • Strong LEA/School Relationship
  • Strong Educator Support System
  • Inclusive Behavior Instruction
  • Strong and Positive School Culture
  • Trusting Community Partnerships
  • LEA Policy Framework

The SWIFT domains and features are the building blocks of effective inclusive education. Research shows it takes administrative leadership, a multi-tiered system of support, family and community partnerships, an integrated education framework, and inclusive policies and practices to effectively meet the needs of ALL students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.

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

    1. Strong and Engaged Site Leadership
      Strong and engaged site leadership is empowered to implement and sustain system transformation to continuously improve teaching and learning. All educators and families have the opportunity to contribute to core school decisions through the principal and the leadership team.

    2. Strong Educator Support System
      A strong educator support system provides sufficient supports for instruction (professional learning and instructional coaching) to improve teaching and learning. Personnel evaluation is supportive and useful for educators to build instructional knowledge and skills.

  • 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 and is implemented by both general and special educators.

    1. Inclusive Academic Instruction
      Inclusive academic instruction utilizes schoolwide approaches to prevent academic failure. Supplemental academic supports are provided as needed to ensure achievement for all students. Multi-level instructional strategies for both reading and math include all students, including students with disabilities, in the general education curriculum. The school identifies instructional priorities based on analyzing multiple sources of data. Schools utilize differentiation, universal design for leaning, and flexible grouping to facilitate effective instruction for all learners.

    2. Inclusive Behavior Instruction
      Inclusive behavior instruction utilizes schoolwide approaches to prevent behavior challenges and to provide supplemental social/behavior supports to ensure achievement for all students. Research-based multi-tiered interventions based on functions of behavior are used with fidelity. For both academics and behaviors, the school identifies instructional priorities based on analyzing multiple sources of data.

  • Integrated Education Framework
    An integrated education framework encompasses ALL students, personnel, and stakeholders within a positive school culture and ensures full access for ALL students to participate in all culturally responsive school related and sponsored activities with the expectation of collaboration among peers with and without disabilities.

    1. Fully-Integrated Organizational Structure
      All students, including students with disabilities, participate in the general education curriculum instruction and activities of their grade level peers. The school embraces non-categorical service delivery to support the diverse needs of students with a priority on paraprofessionals supporting classrooms not individual students.

    2. Strong and Positive School Culture
      All students, including students with disabilities, have equal access to extracurricular learning activities with appropriate supports. All school personnel (i.e., instructional & other personnel) have shared responsibility to educate all students.

  • Family & Community Engagement
    Families, community members, and school staff form a partnership where each benefit from and support the other.

    1. Trusting Family Partnerships
      The school provides families with opportunities and resources to participate in culturally responsive decision-making regarding their child’s education. All personnel in the school understand the importance of building positive partnerships with their students’ families.

    2. Trusting Community Partnerships
      The school collaborates with a variety of community partners to match resources and services in the community with identified school needs. The school also offers various resources to benefit the surrounding community.

  • Inclusive Policy Structure & Practice
    Inclusive policy structure and practice includes a supportive, reciprocal partnership between the school and its Local Education Agency.

    1. Strong LEA/School Relationship
      The Local Education Agency (LEA) actively and adequately supports implementation of SWIFT features. The LEA addresses and removes policy and other barriers to success.

    2. LEA Policy Framework
      The Local Education Agency (LEA) supports SWIFT practices by linking multiple initiatives, revising policies, and extending successful implementation cases to other schools. The LEA uses school building information to support, and ensure training regarding research and/or research-based practices.

Prepare / Launch / Explore / Expand / Sustain
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  • Launch
  • Explore
  • Expand/Sustain

How SWIFT Works

SWIFT implementation is an on-going technical assistance process that is targeted to the needs of individual schools and districts, according to the four stages of SWIFT implementation (based on the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence Based Practices (SISEP) Center).

Four Stages of
SWIFT Implementation

Hover over each of the four stages of SWIFT implementation to learn more about how SWIFT is integrated into school systems.

Please contact us if you would like to consider implementing SWIFT in your district or school.

Classroom
  • Families and community members are integral members of the school community.
  • Literacy instruction is highly valued for ALL students.
  • Individual student data and a multi-tiered system drives decision making.
  • Specialized and general educators work together.
  • Teachers design instruction to meet the needs of ALL learners.
  • High academic expectations exist for ALL students.
  • Paraeducators support all students in a class.
  • Students have the supports they need to learn and fully participate.
  • Students learn from and support one another.
  • Diversity is welcomed, valued, and understood.

In the Classroom

A SWIFT classroom represents a diverse learning community. In a SWIFT classroom, ALL students are learning together and have the supports they need to fully participate in the general education curriculum. General educators, specialized educators, support staff, and family and community members work in tandem to differentiate instruction. For example, in a SWIFT classroom, you may witness a parent volunteer practicing sight words with a student, a general educator and a specialized educator leading differentiated small reading groups, a speech/language therapist working on reading vocabulary with another group of students, and classmates collaborating on a reading comprehension activity. In a SWIFT classroom, students are valued for their unique contributions to the learning community and educators have the support they need to successfully teach ALL students.

Research and Resources

Implementation science drives the work of the SWIFT Center by promoting research-based approaches to achieve improved academic and social outcomes for all students. This downloadable SWIFT library of research and resources is available to support schools across the country as they explore, prepare, launch, sustain, and test new approaches in the practice of including and welcoming all students in their schools.

Explore all of our research and resources content below:

swiftschools.org/blog
SWIFT Talk

Re-imagining education,
one school at a time.

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Knowledge Development Schools

SWIFT States

SWIFT Schools

SWIFT knowledge development sites serve as exemplars for how to educate all students. We are learning from these schools and we are building on their successes within the SWIFT framework. SWIFT states are states in which we are currently providing technical assistance. Select colored states to learn more about the knowledge development sites we are learning from and the school districts we are supporting.

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Knowledge Development Schools

California

Willard Middle School
6-8, Berkeley

WISH Charter School
K-5, Los Angeles

Florida

Newberry Elementary
K-4, Newberry

Massachusetts

William Henderson Inclusion School
K-5, Boston (Dorchester)

Missouri

Hawthorn Elementary
3-4, Camdenton

Wisconsin

Fox Prairie Elementary
K-5, Stoughton

SWIFT States

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