March 2016, Issue 30
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NEWS

Promising SWIFT Student Outcome Data

SWIFT staff member Dr. Tyler Hicks' preliminary statistical analysis of SWIFT-FIT and student outcome data confirms the importance of MTSS in SWIFT schools. Data from seven SWIFT K-8th grade schools indicate better implementation of a MTSS is strongly correlated with larger increases in student reading scores. The correlation also suggests that 80% of the differences among student reading scores may be predicted from a school’s MTSS. Even after controlling for students' demographic and academic characteristics, better implementation of a schoolwide MTSS had a noticeable positive effect on students’ reading outcomes.

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RESOURCES

Professional Development at YOUR Convenience!

SWIFT offers free monthly webinars via Adobe Connect on topics related to the domains and features of schoolwide integrated framework for transformation. Webinars are first available to our partner schools based on topics identified through their action planning and implementation of equity-based inclusive education. All webinars can be found in the Multi Media section of SWIFT Shelf on our website. Host a webinar viewing at your school or watch from the comfort of your living room. Be sure to let us know if you have topic areas that you would like SWIFT to address in future webinars!

Family and Community Resources are Now Translated into Spanish!

Both the English and Spanish versions of the downloadable resources are included in the Family and Community resources section of the website. Our hope is to make all SWIFT resources accessible and available to a wide audience.

Catch Up With SWIFT

Join SWIFT in St. Louis, April 13-16, 2016, at the Council for Exeptional Children's Annual Conference where you will learn more about the tools for creating equity-based education systems.

Additional upcoming conferences: The Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support in Savannah, GA, June 5-7, 2016; and the 2016 National PBIS Leadership Forum in Rosemont, IL, October 27-28, 2016.

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SWIFT implementation in Oregon is moving along—building capacity for implementing inclusive educational practices at the state level—in the initial four districts and sixteen schools, and soon in several more scale-up sites.

A lot of creative thinking is taking place to identify ways to help teams of educators in large districts, like Portland Public Schools, as well as in more rural districts, meet the unique needs of schools and to expand how everyone thinks about system alignment and delivery of instruction for ALL students. For example, in Redmond School District, co-teaching practices among general educators and ELL specialists were expanded to include support for students who live in poverty and need more support with academic language. Another example is Pendleton School District's new Early Learning Center (PELC), which benefits from a principal who previously led a SWIFT partner school and is now applying the SWIFT framework in this center with 215 kindergartners.

At the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), a commitment to the transformation work of SWIFT is evident through a planned scale-up to additional districts, as well as collaborations that ensure "cross-office" representation on the state team. This approach expanded to include collaboration with the Student Services and School Improvement units, and ultimately resulted in combined efforts and focus on system change and MTSS as a foundational practice to help struggling schools and districts make progress toward improved student outcomes. Current efforts include:

  • Incorporating all units within the ODE as the State Personnel Development Grant evolves
  • Incorporating the state's strategic plan, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), SWIFT, and other important initiatives
  • Including RtI, PBIS, and SWIFT as the coherent strategies in the Oregon State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) as a way to improve literacy outcomes for students through the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).

Oregon is just a month away from expanding SWIFT scale-up to include as many as four more districts! Indeed, we are blazing an inclusive Oregon Trail!

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Did you know that schools who are actively involved in action planning and implementation to support schoolwide transformation to achieve equity-based inclusive education are more likely to achieve positive student outcomes? We asked this question during last month’s SWIFT Poll and learned that 50% of respondents are involved in action planning. Bravo to those of you who are creating action plans! For those of you who would like more guidance and support in creating action plans to support your schoolwide transformation efforts, try reviewing the SWIFT Fidelity Integrity Assessment (SWIFT-FIA) to identify opportunities for action.

POLL QUESTION

Given the emerging data reported above regarding the relationship between MTSS and student reading outcomes, SWIFT wants to know if YOUR school community uses an MTSS framework for academics?

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Dr. Wayne Sailor is a professor at the University of Kansas and Director of the SWIFT Center. In Part 1 of this two part podcast, he shares his thoughts on inclusive education and how the SWIFT Center mission of equity-based inclusion differs from traditional perceptions of disability and inclusion. In Part 2, he describes some of the obstacles associated with challenging the dominant paradigm and shares his vision for the future of education for all students. Remember to download SWIFT Unscripted podcasts from iTunes in order to have the most up-to-date podcasts available for your listening and learning pleasure.

We recently updated our podcasts to include a transcript link in the descriptions.

Linda Beitz launches a conversation about honing our adaptive leadership skills to implement equity-based inclusive education. When we are adaptive, we recognize that, just like our students, "we are better together."

As a parent, have you ever used the analogy of a "parade of people" coming in and out of the life of your family? Ann Dillon has and writes about it elegantly in her blog post titled, "The Parade." As a professional, what role do you fill? Read Ann's blog and consider the possibilities.
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Check out the webinar by Dr. Jennifer Kurth on the topic of Strategies for Including All Students. In this hour long event, Dr. Kurth presents the research supporting the inclusion of students with extensive support needs and new ways of supporting students based on the philosophy of equity and excellence and All Means All.

Dr. Loui Lord Nelson's webinar on Universal Design For Learning and Differentiated Instruction provides an overview of UDL and the elements within the differentiated instruction model and shares how the two evidenced-based practices intersect and support one another.

The SWIFT Center produced this document under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H326Y120005. OSEP Project Officers Grace Zamora Durán and Tina Diamond served as the project officers. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. This product is public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted. While permission to reprint this publication is not necessary, the citation should be: SWIFT Center. (2016). SWIFT News, Issue 30, March 2016. Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center.



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