SWIFT – Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation

Address: 1315 Wakarusa Road
Lawrence, KS 66049
Email: swift@ku.edu Website: http://www.swiftschools.org/


  • set of processes, tools, and resources that create a powerful, unified teaching and learning environment for ALL students and educators.
  • SWIFT incorporates school leadership, educators, students, families, and the community.

How is a SWIFT School supported?

  • We partner with you
  • SWIFT transforms what you do, with the resources you have
  • Engineering custom transformation plans based on specific needs
  • Extensive technical assistance when and where it’s needed
  • Analyze how things are working and adjust implementation based on the findings

The SWIFT Center is a five-year, $24.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs awarded to the University of Kansas. The Center is led by Wayne Sailor and Amy McCart of the KU Life Span Institute’s Beach Center on Disability.

Inequality in education hurts. We believe we can change this. We believe that, together, we can transform education so that it benefits each and every student, their families, and ultimately the communities in which they reside. The SWIFT Center community uses their talents, passion, and resources to ensure that every child is a valued member of their school and given the supports they need to achieve academic and social success.

What do we mean by “every child?” Students who are struggling readers, gifted, living in poverty, students with disabilities, high achievers, culturally and ethnically diverse students, and those with the most extensive needs.

The SWIFT Center is committed to eliminating the silos in education by bridging general and specialized education to create powerful learning opportunities for students and teachers and promote active, engaged partnerships among families and community members.

How can you get involved? Sign up for our email list, connect with us on the SWIFT Talk blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to learn how your school community can benefit from SWIFT Center resources.

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