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Comprehensive school-wide reform

May 13

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Supporting inclusive classroom environments is a priority for the Department of Education as well as the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and today, more than ever, educators are providing comprehensive supports for all students. One such example is the new School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center (SWIFT), which is housed at the University of Kansas and funded by OSEP. The Center aims to help school districts serve all students, including those with the most extensive needs. SWIFT is currently working to develop tools – such as the SWIFT Field Guide, the SWIFT Readiness Checklist, and the SWIFT Fidelity of Implementation Tool – that will help achieve the Center’s goal of "equity and excellence for all students."

At the conference:

  • Watch for two large group panel sessions on this topic. One will focus on ensuring access to the common core State standards for all students with disabilities, and the other will address strengths-based strategies for districts and schools to meet the needs of all students.

A Focus on Adaptive Physical Education (APE) 

Alexa Posny, former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education, authored a blog entry for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move Campaign, highlighting a school program that made sure it included students with disabilities in all general-education academic and physical education opportunities. Two OSEP-funded projects focused on this type of work will be presenting at the poster session at the conference this year:
  • Manny Felix and Garth Tymeson of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be at Table 28 in the Poster Session held on Monday, July 15th, presenting a poster which will examine the effects of a course to prepare general PE teachers to instruct students with disabilities in the PK-12 setting, with an accompanying clinical experience on the self-efficacy towards inclusion of students with disabilities.
  • Suzanna Dillon and Christine Waldus of Wayne State University and Michigan Leadership and Education in Adapted Physical Education (MI-LEAPE) Project  will be at Table 32 in the Poster Session held on Tuesday, July 16th. Their poster will discuss new and efficient ways to ensure collaboration between teams of adapted physical educators, general physical educators, and speech-language pathologists, and will highlight the work being done at Wayne State University’s on-campus practicum that provides support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
PD Conference Tip for Attendees

Remember, the Poster Session will be held in two parts this year: Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day.


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