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Re-imagining Education

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Engaging Communities and Stakeholders in SWIFT Visioning Process

I wanted to develop a vision that the community owns. The community should have an opportunity to provide input regarding the kind of education they want for their children.

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Introducing SWIFT-FIG!

I like to think of the SWIFT features as the “Top 10 ways to make your school fully inclusive,” and SWIFT-FIG is your guide for understanding those features.

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Teaching the Teacher

Parker reminded me of the power teachers have to make or break a student. Positive teacher-student relationships matter. I am grateful Parker taught me this lesson.

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It's About the Team

The team is everything. Whether it is a family team working together to care for a cat, or an educational team working together to educate a child, the team makes things work (or not).

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Confessions of an LEA Facilitator

The two principals and LEA Coach were excited to begin to use the facilitation skills they’d learned through their work with the SWIFT Center to support this district level scale-up. We ended the meeting with energy, focus, and hope!

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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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Q: What Does Inclusion Really Look Like? Answers from a Second Grade Classroom

The commitment to include Sam in this classroom is solid. No one is waiting for "evidence" of his intelligence. Everyone believes in him, and everyone takes responsibility for figuring out communication supports.

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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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