Frequently Asked Questions

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We are also delighted to hear that you want to know more about SWIFT. Check out the resources available on the SWIFT Shelf on this website and the answers to Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you still don’t find the answer to your question, send it to swift@ku.edu, and we’ll do our best to answer.

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SWIFT Website and e-Newsletter

How do I add my name to the SWIFT e-Newsletter mailing list?

  • At our homepage Join the Community, click to bring up a Connect with SWIFT form for newsletter sign-up or sending a message to us.

How can I read old SWIFT e-newsletters?

I already signed up for the SWIFT newsletter, so why do I keep getting the pop-up box asking me to join the mailing list?

  • Visitors should only receive the SWIFT newsletter prompt the first time they access the website.  If you are getting multiple prompts, it may be that your browser is set to clear your cache or remove cookies from your browser each time you visit the site.  To modify this, first check your settings under your browser’s preferences tab.  If you continue to receive the pop-up box after updating your browser settings, please let us know.

Where did SWIFT get all the beautiful photos and videos? Can I use them for other purposes?

  • All photo and video images presented by SWIFT are from our Knowledge Development Study sites and SWIFT Partner Schools, with proper release forms signed by everyone who is featured.  For permission to use a specific SWIFT image, contact swift@ku.edu.

Getting Started with Inclusive Education

What can educators do to begin embracing inclusion where they work?

  • Use SWIFT Field Guide, which provides Discussion Guides, Introductory PowerPoint Presentations, and Steps to Get You Started as thinking prompts for your faculty meetings.

What can families do to help their neighborhood schools to embrace inclusion?

Can SWIFT help us see SWIFT in action at a partner school?

  • SWIFT-In-60 videos are a great way to see inclusion in action in schools that were part of SWIFT's knowledge development study.  
  • You can learn more about the schools, districts, and states where SWIFT provides technical assistance at SWIFT Partner Sites.

Can SWIFT provide a speaker for my group?

  • SWIFT staff occasionally accept national conference invitations to share about the progress our partners are making. If you would like to inquire or extend an invitation, send a note through Connect with SWIFT.

Can SWIFT advise us about our current plan to make our school more inclusive?

  • SWIFT provides a free, downloadable resource you can use to self-assess your school’s inclusive educational practices and plans called SWIFT Fidelity Integrity Assessment, on the SWIFT Shelf under the category District / School Resources.

Becoming a SWIFT Partner

How can my neighborhood school become a SWIFT partner?

  • SWIFT Center currently works with whole educational systems, which includes state, district, and school leaders, along with family and community members, in five selected states. You can write to leaders in your district and state to let them know about your interest in SWIFT for your neighborhood school.

How can the educational system in our community become a SWIFT partner?

  • A district or state leader can inquire about working with SWIFT by contacting swift@ku.edu.