In our collective desire to facilitate success in young people, it is ever-important that we collaborate for improved student outcomes.
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.
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).
Without a doubt, my children’s educational experiences contributed to their positive post-school outcomes. And, I’m certain that the engaged and trusting relationship that our family experienced with our school community helped pave their ways.
Reconsider the discipline practices of suspension and expulsion through the SWIFT framework - - preventative, positive, and policy driven.
When one recognizes disability as a mismatch instead of an innate human deficiency, it becomes clear that the solution lies in creating a more flexible, inclusive societal box in which all people are able to fully express potential.
Capture your love of teaching, learning, and your students, and design an engaging, rigorous curriculum that all students can access.
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.
At these schools, I was amazed to witness the type of inclusive education that I had only dreamed of, where all children learned together in the same classroom and participated in the general education curriculum.