Amy McCart with a student in Meridian Mississippi. Photo by Mark Irvin.
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SWIFT Education Center was awarded a research grant from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement for a project called “Equity Leadership in High Need Schools: Building High Quality Effective Instructional Leaders to Improve Student Outcomes.”

This project will work with 70 Principals of high need schools in four districts across the country to develop their leadership through professional learning and job-embedded coaching. They will learn while they apply SWIFT’s proven methods for improving educational outcomes for students by ensuring equity for students of color, students segregated because of disability or learning disorders, students who are high achievers, who are English language learners, who are refugees, and who live in poverty. 
 
“Every student has the right to learn from the beginning and to know they belong,” McCart said. “When kids walk through the school doors, we help schools have a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) set up where educators and their leaders can be responsive to the full range of student needs. Our purpose with this grant is to help Principals and leaders to design educational spaces, not places. We don’t have separate rooms where kids go to get the supports they need, because their needs are met in the grade level class and curriculum.” Read more about this work .
Mike Jamison with students at Fox Prairie Elementary, Stoughton, Wisconsin
In 2013, as SWIFT began its US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs national technical assistance center for inclusive school reform, we studied six “knowledge development sites” to identify features that made them successful. One of our earliest SWIFT Talk blogs was authored by Mike Jamison, who, when he wrote this blog, was Principal at Fox Prairie Elementary School in the Stoughton (Wisconsin) Area School District. Take a look back at his blog, SWIFT Knowledge Development Site. Fox Prairie Elementary School's Transformation: From Crisis to Action to Success , to hear the wisdom this strong and engaged site leader offered.

Do you like to write and have a story to share about equity-based MTSS or inclusive education? SWIFT welcomes submissions that advance the practice of equity, excellence, and All Means All. Click here for submission guidelines.
Listen to this month’s podcast with Susan Hukkanen, who has been a strong leader for multi-tiered system of support implementation in rural California schools. While Assistant Superintendent in the Butte County (CA) Office of Education and a partner in the California Scale-up MTSS Statewide initiative, Hukkanen discussed the distinctives for rural MTSS implementation and how to successfully meet the needs of all students in local schools. Listen here.


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.  

Resources
Administrative leadership is a foundational domain in the SWIFT framework for excellent and equitable education. SWIFT Guide offers school teams a variety of resources for exploring and developing strong and engaged site leaders who are essential for implementing, transforming, and sustaining systems throughout a school; and strong educator support systems that provide structures that enable educators to constantly improve their practices. Watch the SWIFT-in-60 videos and download discussion guides on these two features of administrative leadership to use with your school team today— guide.swiftschools.org .
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