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Aligning Current Educational Initiatives with SWIFT

Guest Post by Mary Wilson

Were you excited yet confused and overwhelmed after the wonderful week in Washington, D.C. with the mountains of information and resources we obtained from the SWIFT Professional Learning Institute? I know my team was. The first question we had to tackle was “Where to start?”

SWIFT seemed like the answer to our prayers since we had so many initiatives in both schools that were selected for SWIFT. The system approach to align all these initiatives held promise to streamline the process of engaged learning for ALL students. In addition, New Hampshire had just received the ESEA Waiver from the Department of Education that contained turnaround principles, which our initiative had to align.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, we decided to take the School in Need of Improvement Plans, Restructuring Plans, and prior and current Focus Monitoring plans and see where those plans “fit” with ESEA turnaround principles and SWIFT Domains.

Go here and here to download examples of a tool we created, called the Crosswalk, to help us align our current initiatives with SWIFT. We created this tool after collecting all the electronic documents and cutting and pasting from each of the plans into a table created in Word. Hope this helps you jump start your implementation of SWIFT.

Do you have a tool you've used to overlay the SWIFT domains to your current school initiatives? Feel free to link to and share!

 

Joined SAU 64 in 2012 as Curriculum Coordinator and I love my job! SAU 64 is comprised of two small rural school districts in the towns of Milton and Wakefield, New Hampshire. I service four schools, Milton Elementary K-5, Nute Middle School 6-8, Nute High School 9-12 and Paul School K-8. Milton Elementary School and Paul School are partnering with SWIFT (SchoolWide Integrated Framework for Transformation).