SWIFT Equity-Forward Forums for Educators

A webinar series in racial equity in education with live, interactive, personal and professional learning in equity-forward practices for educators. This series is sponsored by SWIFT Education Center through the US Department of Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program, Grant #U423A180029.


Who can attend?

Any school or district employee, particularly educators, can register and attend. Expect to meet educators from SWIFT partner sites from across the nation in breakout rooms and chats.




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Upcoming Webinars

More to come!



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Webinars Presented by Dr. Alisia Moutry

Over the course of 28 years, Alisia has worked with professional educators at all levels, including local, district, state, higher education, and nonprofit. She labors collaboratively with stakeholders for the academic achievement, behavioral development, health, and safety of children and staff. Alisia has a proven track record of contributing to the success of organizations across the United States.

As President/CEO of 4AM Consulting and the Director of the Wisconsin-Minnesota Comprehensive Center (WMCC) in Region 10 working for the University of Wisconsin-Madison-Wisconsin Center for Education Research, she blends the worlds of business and education to develop both educators and the workforce of American businesses.  

Whether it’s focus groups, training sessions, or customized workgroups, clients and participants receive professional experiential learning delivered with integrity. Alisia’s areas of expertise include: facilitating, coaching, culturally responsive practices, cycle of inquiry processes, implementation science, teaming structures, multi-tiered system of supports, visioning, leadership development, process improvement, and action planning.


5 Equity Leadership Dispositions

A workshop for educators, designed to help build confidence and competency around equity-forward professional practices, and to encourage racially aware personal exploration and accountability. 

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Speak Up Strategies

A workshop for educators focused on developing and honing the personal tools necessary for intervention in cases of both systemic and daily social injustice, with attention given to the harmful consequences of silence.

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Effective Feedback: How to give and receive it

A workshop for educators in which some of the fundamentals of balanced and mutually beneficial interpersonal communication are investigated, unpacked, and put into practice.

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Webinars Presented by Mica Pollock

Anthropologist, Professor of Education Studies, Author, and Director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at UC San Diego, Mica Pollock is nationally recognized for her work emphasizing educators’ crucial role in daily antiracist efforts. In her recent book, Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About – and To—Students Every Day, Pollock embeds antiracism in the quest to “communicate for equity,” synthesizing her two decades of research and practice to help educators redesign talk for equity and antiracism in their schools. Through research based in schools, districts, cities, universities, community organizations, and the government, Pollock has created award-winning writing and tools expressly designed to support educators in antiracist and pro-diversity dialogue and action within schools. Her newest project designed with educator partners, #USvsHate (, engages educators and students in proactive dialogues, then public anti-hate messaging. Pollock’s current work at CREATE explores with colleagues how networks of conversation partners can leverage a university to create K-20 local opportunities to learn.

The Language of Equity

Pollock’s recent publication Schooltalk pinpoints the key role of language in educators’ work. Register today to join this webinar exploration of how diverse education communities can come together to promote equity and collaborate in student support.

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Wayne Sailor, PhD, Principal Investigator

James Basham, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator

Jeong Hoon Choi, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator



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Institute for Educational Sciences (IES)

Topic: Technology for Education

Goal 2-Development and Innovation


4-year project 2019-2023



• Develop a secure digital Decision Support System (DSS) 

• Iteratively field test DSS in a school using Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

• Evaluate the short term impact of DSS implementation on valued student outcomes


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Decision Support System

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DataWall System

• Digital, web-based, secure

• Integrates multiple databases 

• Facilitates decision-making
: Recognize Patterns
, Thresholds/Alerts
, Mark Interventions

Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) Process 

• Evidenced-based, behavior

• Meeting foundations

• Decision making-protocol 

• Prior general references to data replaced with DataWall references


DataWall + TIPS = Decision Support System (DSS)




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Planning Phase: 2019-2020

Field Test: 2020-2021

Pilot Study: 2021-2023


Project Evaluation

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Research Questions

• Fidelity of DSS and Fidelity of MTSS implementation

• Usability, Feasibility, and Acceptability

• Impact Analysis

• Cost Analysis 


• MTSS Fidelity Checklist

• TIPS Fidelity Checklist 

• Focus groups (Field tes t-Yr 2)

• User statistics from DSS

• Student outcome data (Pilot study -Yr 3 and 4)




The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant #R324A190054 to the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

We enjoy receiving your encouraging emails. Consider sharing your thoughts with the whole SWIFT community on our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest sites or through SWIFT Talk and SWIFT Unscripted comments.

We are also delighted to hear that you want to know more about SWIFT. Check out the resources available on this website and the answers to Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you still don’t find the answer to your question, send it to, and we’ll do our best to answer.

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SWIFT Website and e-Newsletter

What does SWIFT stand for?

SWIFT is the acronym for Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation

How do I add my name to the SWIFT e-Newsletter mailing list?

At the bottom of the homepage you will find a sign-up box for the SWIFT Schools newsletter and for the Family & Community newsletter.  These are two different mailing lists—feel free to sign up for both.

How can I read old SWIFT newsletters?

You can search the SWIFT Shelf Stories or choose from a chronological archive.

Where did SWIFT get all the beautiful photos and videos? Can I use them for other purposes?

All photo and video images presented by SWIFT are from our Knowledge Development Study sites and SWIFT Partner Schools, with proper release forms signed by everyone who is featured.  For permission to use a specific SWIFT image, contact


Getting Started with Equity-based MTSS and Inclusive Education

What can educators do to begin installing MTSS and embracing inclusion where they work?

Use SWIFT Field Guide, which provides Discussion Guides, Introductory PowerPoint Presentations, and Steps to Get You Started as thinking prompts for your faculty meetings.

What can families do to help their neighborhood schools to embrace inclusive education?

Check out our Family & Community resources. We have several ideas but would also love to hear about your experiences—so send us a message.

Can you help us see SWIFT in action at a school?

SWIFT-In-60 videos are a great way to see SWIFT MTSS and inclusive education in action in schools that were part of SWIFT’s knowledge development study.  
You can learn more about the schools, districts, and states where SWIFT provides technical assistance at Partner Sites.

Can SWIFT provide a speaker for my group?

SWIFT staff occasionally accept national conference invitations to share about the progress our partners are making. If you would like to inquire or extend an invitation, send a note at

Can SWIFT advise us about our current plan to install or improve our MTSS or make our school more inclusive?

Yes, if you would like to discuss how to get started with us, contact us at  Meanwhile, check out the free, downloadable resource you can use to self-assess your school’s inclusive educational practices and plans called SWIFT Fidelity Integrity Assessment on SWIFT Shelf Tools.


Becoming a SWIFT Partner Site

How can my neighborhood school become a SWIFT partner?

We would be delighted to explore a partnership with your state, district or school.  Learn more about the products and services we offer here. Send us a message at and let us know what you are thinking.  We configure our work to meet your needs and resource availability.  Let’s begin that conversation today!


About Us

SWIFT is a national technical assistance center that builds whole system—state, district, school, and community—capacity to provide academic and behavioral support to improve outcomes for all students.

We are a group of people who are passionate about transforming U.S. public education so that all students are welcomed and included in their neighborhood schools and age appropriate general education classrooms with support. We work at University of Kansas Lifespan Institute.

To learn more about us, visit our LinkedIn page.


SWIFT Center Directors

Wayne Sailor, Ph.D, SWIFT Center Director

Amy McCart, Ph.D., SWIFT Center Director of Technical Assistance