Words of Gratitude
In October 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funded a center to provide technical assistance to urban, rural, and high-need school districts to improve outcomes for students with disabilities (OSEP, 2012). The OSEP-funded SWIFT Center partnered with 64 schools in 17 districts across five states—Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont. Five years later, the partners in each of these states worked to continuously improve implementation of SWIFT features in their districts and schools. We would like to thank OSEP for providing the funding that launched this work, which ultimately led to improved outcomes for students with disabilities in these schools. We are grateful for the opportunity to play a role in supporting the educators, administrators, and personnel who are dedicated to SWIFT’s mission of equity-based inclusive education. We are proud of partner state as they built their capacity and now take steps to continue, sustain, and scale-up the work beyond the scope of the original grant’s funding.
As of October 16th, 2017, SWIFT Education Center will continue to pursue the mission that the OSEP-funded SWIFT Center embodied for five years. As part of this endeavor, SWIFT Education Center will continue to make available on our website www.swiftschools.org all the free resources produced through the OSEP funding. Additionally, SWIFT Education Center remains committed to producing future SWIFT Unscripted Podcasts, SWIFT Talk blogs, monthly newsletters, briefs, and products to keep you informed of the latest developments in equity-based MTSS research and services. You can find these products and many more on www.swiftschools.org along with information about how SWIFT Education Center can support your state education agency, school, or district.
We believe that together we can transform education so that it benefits each and every student, their families, and ultimately the communities in which they live. Our partners in Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont are testament to what can be accomplished when we work together to support the needs of all students. It is with great excitement that SWIFT Education Center looks forward to continuing to transform education with additional partners from coast to coast. To learn more visit www.swiftschools.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.