Friday, April 25, 2014

What an inclusive school looks like

What an inclusive school looks like
Photo from the All Born (in) Inclusion conference in Portland, OR
One of our board members, Erin Martin, had the opportunity to attend an inclusion conference in April.  One of the many presenters there was an organization called SWIFT (Schoolwide Ingegrated Framework for Transformation).

The SWIFT presentation was very inspiring.  This is an organization that values all the same things our charter school is trying to implement!  It was exciting to see a framework already set in place and implemented in more than 64 schools across the country.  They even had amazing research and best practices to support their model.  

Unfortunately at this time, they are under a government grant that only allows them to go into specific States and a select few schools...our State, is NOT currently one of those lucky enough to utilize their expertise first-hand.  So gaining access to their technical support will probably take some time.  But that doesn't mean we can't learn about them, read the research, and apply what we learn to our school's own framework.

Attached to this post is a video of what one of these schools looks like and the key aspects of an inclusive school.  It is well worth the 15 minutes of watching. And thank you to the SWIFT organization for providing a video such as this to learn from.  You can learn more about SWIFT by going to their website at: Enjoy!!!

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