As the school year winds down, SWIFT partner schools have much to celebrate!
The Alburgh School in Vermont celebrates an increase from 28% to 72% in their SWIFT-FIT (Fidelity Implementation Tool) measure for Inclusive Behavior Instruction. They accomplished this progress through a focus on Universal Practices and data-based decision making and monitoring for all three tiers of support. In North Hero—of Grand Isle Supervisory Union—talent shows include All! Watch this 3 1/2-minute performance on YouTube and smile!
SWIFT partner middle schools in New Hampshire are committed to including ALL students. Visit the Charlestown Middle School website to see their creative presentation about All Means All. At Great Brook Middle School—the New England Spotlight School award winner—Principal Jim Elder explained, “The teachers know and care about everyone in their classroom, and desire that all students make good academic progress.” The purpose of The Spotlight School Award recognizes schools that have a record of effective teaching and learning for young adolescents and consistently implement middle level best practices.
In Maryland, West Side Elementary School’s grade 3 Chinese Partial Immersion students won first place in the Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Competition at the University of Maryland. Teams give a 3-minute speech and a cultural performance. The K-6 competition includes schools from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Pendleton School District in Oregon continues to collaborate with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to create strong systems capitalizing on the unique cultural traditions of native students ultimately resulting in high academic outcomes for all students. Significant accomplishments include the revision of a Memorandum of Understanding originally adopted in 1999 and the creation of a Heritage Language program in which all kindergarten students learn the native Umatilla language. You can learn more about these collaborations HERE.
We haven't overlooked Mississippi—rather, we are sharing a lot of good news about them in the State Spotlight section below.