August 2016, Issue 35
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Wishing you a happy and productive school year!

We know you’ve got your hands full—lesson planning, getting to know students and their families, leadership team meetings, and—oh, yes—teaching! We also know that you’ve got this, and we’re cheering you on as you power through another year of implementing equity-based inclusive education!

One of the ways we want to support you is with the SWIFT Guide, available for free on our website. Whether you’re learning about SWIFT and MTSS for the first time or looking for strategies on how to share the SWIFT framework with your teachers, families, and school leaders, SWIFT Guide is a great professional development tool. 60-second summary videos, discussion guides, PowerPoint presentations, and resources for further reading are included for each of the SWIFT Features.



Many thanks to those of you who took the time to fill out our PLI survey! You told us that you thought the 2016 Better Together National Professional Learning Institute: was useful, well-organized, and relevant; made appropriate use of session materials and aids; offered sessions that hit the sweet spot between “too basic” and “too advanced;” and motivated you to transform your own school. Thank you for your valuable feedback, and we’re so happy to know the PLI was helpful for you!

If you missed the PLI, or want to revisit it, click here to review Better Together presentations at your leisure. Click the "more information" link under each presentation title to find the session materials, such as the PowerPoint or session handouts. For your listening pleasure, a link to the SWIFT PLI playlist is available under the Resources Tab.

Other conferences where you can find SWIFT:

2016 National PBIS Leadership Forum, Rosemont, IL, October 27-28, 2016

2016 TASH Gateway to Equity Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 29-December 2, 2016

2017 PEAK Parent Center Conference on Inclusive Education, Denver, CO, February 9-10, 2017


Grand Isle Supervisory Union (GISU) in Vermont are on an ongoing professional development path led by Principals, the Superintendent, Curriculum Director, and the Director of Student Services. Their focus is on best practices in MTSS Tier I, including Data Literacy, Trauma Informed Practices, Proficiency-Based Practices and Assessments, and Co-Teaching. GISU aligns their monthly faculty meeting days, across schools, to increase the collaboration in support of this new professional learning approach. This year’s goal is to train cohorts who will become teacher leaders for these aspects of effective Tier I instruction. The work that each cohort does will be "published" and shared GISU-wide at the end of the year, and begin to build the foundation of “how we do business” at GISU. Hooray to GISU for redesigning professional development that will result in sustainable practices and ultimately benefit the learning outcomes of all students!


SWIFT Unscripted is our monthly podcast featuring guests from among our SWIFT community and SWIFT partners. A transcript link for each SWIFT Unscripted podcast is available at the end of its description.

Elizabeth Kozleski, chair of the Special Education Department at the University of Kansas, reflects on her thoughts and experiences related to culturally responsive teaching in SWIFT’s latest podcast "Promoting Equity in Education."

Also, check out the new episode: "Supporting Students with Behavioral Challenges" with JoAnne Malloy from the University of New Hampshire as she shares her insight on supporting students with challenging behaviors in equity-based inclusive education.

SWIFT Talk is our blog where you can find excellent articles from various members of the SWIFT community.

Latest post: "The Students Had a Lot to Say" by Dr. Allyson Satter

Dr. Satter, Project Coordinator for SWIFT, describes the outcomes of her study examining student perspectives between alternative and traditional education systems.


SWIFT Webinars are offered free every month via Adobe Connect on topics related to SWIFT domains and features. Recordings of all webinars can be downloaded from the Multi Media section of SWIFT Shelf.

Upcoming Webinar: Wednesday, September 21, 1pm-2pm CST
"The Importance of Systematic Screening: Using Data to Support School Success, Part 2" with Dr. Kathleen Lane

In this two-part webinar series (Click here to view Part 1), Dr. Lane, Professor at the University of Kansas and leader in school-based academic and behavioral interventions, will review the systematic screening tools available for use in multi-tiered systems.

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 35, August 2016. Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center.

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