SWIFT in Presidential Committee Report!

The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) recently released the 2016 report titled "Strengthening an Inclusive Pathway for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families" to President Obama. SWIFT member, Dan Habib, chaired the education subgroup. "An inclusive life pathway has to start with inclusion in our schools," he said. "If you read the education section of the report, I think you’ll see many SWIFT principles and practices reflected throughout." The report is publicly available HERE.

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

Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative Fall 2016 Member Meeting, Nashville, TN, December 7-9, 2016

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


SWIFT Guide and TA Playbook for Your Schoolwide Transformation Needs

As you navigate your school year, let SWIFT Guide chart your course with helpful resources to achieve equity-based inclusive education for all students. The Guide contains short videos about each SWIFT feature, discussion guides, PowerPoint presentations, steps to get you started, free resources, and more.

If your role involves providing technical assistance support for the educational system to achieve All Means All, then you might find the Technical Assistance Playbook useful. Whether you are visioning, discussing data snapshots, priority and practice planning, mapping and matching resources, working in transformation teams, or coaching, the TA Playbook has tools to support learning, using, checking, and coaching every step of the way.

Are You a SWIFT State Partner?

Did you know that the SWIFT website showcases state, district and school contact information, Spotlight Stories, and a summary list of state activities? Check it out HERE.

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.

Listen to the recent podcast with Steve Goodman as he shares his experience, research, and knowledge about the SWIFT domain of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) that blends academic and behavior systems. 

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

Do you like to write and have a story to share about equity-based inclusive education? SWIFT welcomes submissions that advance the practice of equity, excellence, and All Means All. Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Emily Bourque, SWIFT’s newest blogger and student intern, challenges societal beliefs and expectations in her contribution “Emily, you forgot to tell her I have special needs.

Webinar Wednesdays

SWIFT Webinars are offered free and live on the third Wednesday of every month via Adobe Connect on topics related to SWIFT Domains and Features. Recordings, notes, and transcripts of all webinars can be downloaded from the Multi Media section of SWIFT Shelf

Our most recent webinar, "The Principal's Role in Inclusive Education," featured Lacy Redd, who shared her experiences with personnel decisions, resource allocation, scheduling, professional development, and building a culture of All Means All

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 37, October 2016. Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center

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