Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and All Means All!  

SWIFT partner states are engaged in ESSA planning to ensure that equity and inclusion are advanced for all students—including students with the most extensive needs.  For the first time, ESSA requires that all students be taught with high academic standards that prepare them to succeed in college and career success. Evidence-based practices, such as SWIFT Domains and Features, are effective strategies that promote schoolwide transformation and to build school capacity to provide academic and behavioral support and improve outcomes for all students, meeting the goals of ESSA.

Dr. Mary Schuh Appointed as Kennedy Public Policy Fellow

Warm congratulations to SWIFT team member Dr. Mary Schuh, who has been appointed as a 2017-2018 Kennedy Public Policy fellow because of her professional work in the field of inclusive education and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship is a one year intensive immersion experience, the purpose of which is to prepare emerging leaders to assume leadership roles in the public policy arena at the state and/or national levels. 


Have you visited SWIFT Shelf and checked out our new resources?

“Stars in Alignment” Article in Brief reviews some of the history of inclusive education and suggests how to reshape structural elements in education to advance inclusion of all students so they can meaningfully participate in the public education system and achieve positive post-school outcomes. 

SWIFT recently joined the State Personnel Development Program (SPDG) Directors’ call to share resources useful for professional development efforts to improve results for students with disabilities. The presentation slides are available HEREIf you are interested in a follow-up conversation with SWIFT, you may contact

SWIFT in 2017

Focus on Inclusion, Indiana IEP Resource Center, Indianapolis, IN, February 21–22, 2017

The 14th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Denver, CO, March 1-4, 2017

SWIFT Schools in NH, NH Association of Special Education Administrators, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 16-17, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: The Orange County and Butte County (CA) Offices of Education, home of the Scale Up MTSS Statewide (CA SUMS) initiative, invite you to their Professional Learning Institute: "All Means All" in Costa Mesa, CA, July 26 and 27, 2017.  Stay tuned for more information about how to register or present at this event.

SWIFT Unscripted is a monthly podcast featuring guests from among the SWIFT community.  A transcript link for each SWIFT Unscripted podcast is available at the end of its description. You can listen on SoundCloud or iTunes, or visit the SWIFT Unscripted page to download the podcast to your computer.

SWIFT Facilitator Kimberli Breen discusses engaging family and community members in schoolwide transformation efforts along with using a multi-tiered system of support for students with labels of challenging behaviors in this month’s podcast.

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

Read Lucy Crabtree’s post to learn about promoting belonging and engagement in neighborhood schools and general education classrooms for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

Mind shifts and relationships! Linda Rohrbaugh, LEA Facilitator in Maryland, shares two vitally important lessons about creating equity-based inclusion for all students.

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.

SWIFT Webinars are free, closed captioned, and live on the third Wednesday of most months via Adobe Connect on topics related to SWIFT Domains and Features. Recordings, notes, and transcripts of all webinars can be downloaded from the Webinar section of SWIFT Shelf.

From Seemingly Impossible to Exceptional: "Partnering with hard-to-reach family and community members using evidence-based strategies for success" was our February webinar topic presented by Drs. Grace Francis and Shawna Haines. View HERE.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming webinars:

March 15, 2017 (12pm–1pm, CT):  Kimberli Breen: MTSS and PBIS for Families

April 19, 2017 (12pm–1pm CT): Lucille Eber: Identifying and Supporting Students with Internalizing Behaviors through Universal Screening Procedures and Evidence-based Interventions

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. (2017). SWIFT News, Issue 40, February 2017. Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center

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