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Re-imagining Education

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Re-inventing Special Education Leadership Priorities for the Next 10 Years

We have the spirit and the belief, that given the right circumstances, every child will learn. Every child will find his or her way into a full and productive life.

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Five Reasons Why Presuming Competence is ALWAYS a Good Idea

I.Q. and other tests that purport to measure human capacity are terribly flawed. Basing a student’s whole educational career and future on a test score just seems fraught with potential harm.

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When Change Comes

Fear. Panic. Overwhelming sadness. Those were some of the emotions I felt upon hearing that our beloved principal of 12 years was being transferred to a new school. What would happen to our school?

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Step by Step with SWIFT in Maryland

After seeing the opportunities that SWIFT could bring to our school, the staff were more willing to “buy into” SWIFT.

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SWIFT Spotlight on Dr. Alvin Taylor, Superintendent

If I can see the kids coming into a school and they're smiling and they're waving and hugging their teachers, then I know SWIFT is working.

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Why Assessments Matter for ALL Students

The "least dangerous assumption" is to teach ALL students, teach them well, with the expectation that learning is occurring.

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Inclusive Education Featured on NPR's "All Things Considered": Teaching "Survival" Skills in the General Education Classroom

The SWIFT Center responds to NPR's "All Things Considered" story on inclusive education.

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Moving Beyond the "Inclusion School"

If every child received needed academic and behavioral supports, they could succeed in their local schools.

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Fox Prairie Elementary School's Transformation: From Crisis to Action to Success

That ugly statistic was the motivation for serious organizational soul searching and was the best thing that could have happened for our school district.

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