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Delivering on Equity: Implications for Decision-Makers

The SWIFT Center is a national K-8 center that provides academic and behavioral support to promote the learning and academic achievement of all students, including those with the most extensive needs.
We accomplish this work through a variety of means, including the delivery of intensive technical assistance building upon existing strengths in schools, districts, and states. 
The SWIFT Center is excited to release the first in an ongoing series of Issue Briefs.  Through this series of Briefs we will begin to lay out the SWIFT framework and how it connects to current initiatives in education.  By connecting SWIFT to the work that is already happening in schools across the country, we build upon strengths and add value to existing practices.
This first Issue Brief:  Delivering on Equity: Implications for Decision-Makers, lays the groundwork for SWIFT implementation by rooting the work in the Civil Rights Movement. Through equity, we establish the framework for SWIFT implementation and the examination of policy.  The SWIFT Center holds as a fundamental belief that sustainability of education reform lies with school districts and state departments of education actively engaging in policy alignment. Policy alignment involves intentionally examining school, district, and state policies to determine and eliminate barriers to implementation.  Delivering on Equity: Implications for Decision-Makers is the first in a series of briefs that will examine the policy implications for SWIFT implementation, sustainability, and scale-up. These Briefs will be published four times per year.

Click here to read the brief.

-Jenny Stonemeier

Jenny has spent her career working with and on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. After graduating from the University of Iowa, she began her work as a music therapist with children and adults with disabilities in educational and community settings. In searching for an outlet for her advocacy tendencies, and strategies to more immediately address the needs of her clients, she completed a Master’s degree in child and family law through Loyola University Chicago School of Law. In addition to learning that she did NOT want to be an attorney, she became deeply involved in supporting families as they navigated special education, which eventually lead her to working for a Parent Training and Information Center. Through the PTI she gained hands-on experience in public policy, grassroots organizing, and systems change efforts resulting is the passage of substantial legislation affecting the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. Her primary philosophy is “Use Your Power for Good”. She currently serves as the Director of Education Policy with TASH, where her work focuses primarily on TASH’s partnership with the SWIFT Center to build school wide inclusive practices that improve the academic and behavioral outcomes for all children. Jenny describes herself this way: An advocate for people, some of whom have disabilities. A mom of two, one of whom has disabilities. A policy wonk. And public education evangelist.