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A Unity of Purpose

RttT, UDL, SIG, MTSS, PBIS, RtI, and CCSS are a few of the acronyms populating the vocabulary of educators in our nation’s public schools.  How many of these reform initiatives is your school implementing or considering adopting?  As a school administrator and/or educator, do you ever feel overwhelmed by the variety of federal, state, and district opportunities and expectations to enhance student learning?  If you are involved in any one of these educational reform initiatives or considering examining their application in your school or district, you will appreciate the  SWIFT Center’s Issue Brief—Leading Education Reform Initiatives:  How SWIFT Coordinates and Enhances Impact—to realize positive outcomes and increased student achievement for ALL.  

This Brief, written by leaders in the field of educational reform and members of the SWIFT Policy Team (TASH, NASDSE, CCSSO, IEL) provides a close examination of the various initiatives and the research to support not only the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education, but the wisdom of braiding reform initiatives to create a unity of purpose and the sustainability of increased academic and social outcomes for ALL students.  As always, read, share, and tell us what you think!

- Mary Schuh

Dr. Mary Schuh has more than 25 years experience in inclusive schools and communities, family and consumer leadership , and educational systems change and has been with the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability since its inception in 1987. She directs The National Center on Inclusive Education (NCIE) at the Institute on Disability. The NCIE is a leader in the transformation of schools so that students of all abilities are successfully learning in their home schools within general education settings. Mary serves as a member of the National Leadership Consortium of The SWIFT Center. As a faculty member of the University of New Hampshire, Mary helps to prepare future teachers to welcome and engage families, and teach all students in typical school and general education environments.