Have you registered for the SWIFT Professional Learning Institute "Better Together," July 21-22, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia?
We are excited to invite you to the 2016 SWIFT National Professional Learning Institute! Expect to be inspired by educator and administrator presentations from SWIFT partner states, districts, and schools — panel discussions around hot topics in inclusive education and school reform — inspiring speakers and films — working sessions with like-minded colleagues — and more.
If you live in a SWIFT partner state, contact your SEA or LEA Facilitator to access a free registration link. If you are from anywhere else in the world, click here to register for the 2-day conference for only $250. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to use to reserve a hotel room in the SWIFT block at a significantly discounted rate. Not sure where you fit in or have a question about attending SWIFT PLI? Contact email@example.com.
We Are Better Together!
SWIFT's Better Together Task Force is working to create recommendations and support for our partner schools to effectively include students with extensive needs in their neighborhood schools and general education classrooms. As you engage in this work, consider the following questions ~ adapted from ideas generated by the Better Together Task Force:
School/Student/Teacher/Family Consideration Questions to Guide Including Students with Complex Needs
- How does my school community actively promote their values for inclusive education?
- Do job descriptions and performance systems reflect all personnel having responsibility for all students, including those with extensive support needs?
- If students with complex needs are receiving supports for any or all of the school day outside of the general education classroom, are you asking the question, “What would it take to change this?” and creating an action plan for equity-based inclusion?
- Are all students assigned to age-appropriate general education classrooms as their primary base and recognized as a member in that class by teachers and peers?
- Do all students — including students with complex needs — have the opportunity to demonstrate reciprocity? To be the classroom helper AND helpee? To give and receive?
- Do all students have a way to express themselves that is easily understood by others? If not, are we seeking out innovative strategies and expertise that focuses on communication competence?
- Are classroom teachers provided with real-time expert coaching and support on instruction, behavior, communication strategies, and promoting positive peer relationships?
- Are school personnel deployed creatively and effectively throughout the day having a strong sense of strategies to support students with diverse needs in the school?
- Are family members of students with complex needs encouraged to participate in all aspects of the school community, such as the PTO, school leadership teams, volunteer experiences etc.?
Remember: The success or failure of equity-based inclusion has little to do with student characteristics and almost everything to do with the commitment, creativity, and flexibility of educational teams.
Have you read about the recent study demonstrating the benefits of equity-based inclusive education?
Did you know that SWIFT in 60s in the Field Guide are closed captioned AND translated into Spanish!
Catch Up With SWIFT