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.”
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