Maryland was recently awarded the opportunity to become one of four sites in the nation to participate in the School Wide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) project. SWIFT is a national K-8 technical assistance center committed to eliminating silos in education by bridging general and specialized education through academic and behavioral supports, creating powerful learning opportunities for all students and teachers, and promoting active, engaged partnerships among families and community members.

Four local school systems in Maryland are participating in the SWIFT project with four schools identified in each system.

SWIFT provides a framework to:

  • Establish quality instruction based on principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Install a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) with data-informed decision making
  • Develop cultural responsiveness
  • Promote family and community partnerships
  • Establish a strong integrated state, local and school leadership structure

by Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services Staff