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1 Journey Towards Inclusion Presenters: Mike Jamison, Principal Sara Durtschi, School Psychologist Cassie Perkins, General Education Teacher Amy Losacker, Learning Strategy Teacher

2 What is SWIFT? SWIFT is a national K-8 center that provides academic and behavioral support to promote the learning and academic achievement of all students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs * University of Kansas $26,000,000 five year federal grant to study and disseminate best practices * Five Domains and Features * Administrative Leadership * Multi-Tiered System of Support * Integrated Educational Framework * Family & Community Engagement * Inclusive Policy Structure & Practice

3 SWIFT Selection Process * Sought Exemplar Elem. & Middle Schools as models of best practice * Nationwide nomination process * Identified ~ sites * Phone Screening with Building Principal ~ 11 sites * Two Day Site Visits - final selection of six buildings to research * Willard Middle School (6-8), Berkeley, Ca. * WISH Charter School (K-5), Los Angeles, Ca. * Hawthorn Elementary (3-4), Camdenton. Mo. * Newberry Elementary (K-4), Newberry, Fl. * William Henderson Inclusion School (K-5), Boston Ma. * Fox Prairie Elementary (K-5), Stoughton, Wi.

4 Demographics Our School and Community Stoughton pop. 12,500 & SASD serves ~ 17,000 Fox Prairie K–5, 415 students 85% White, 15% of color 26% qualify for free or reduced lunch 8.7% identified with a disability 4.8% ESL

5 Staffing Nineteen Classrooms Average Size: K-2 ~ 19 per room 3- 5 ~ 24 per room * 3 Learning Strategists * 1 S&L Clinician * 2 Reading Specialists * 1 ESL Teacher * 1 School Psychologist *.3 Guidance Counselor *.2 Social Worker

6 Where We Started 15 Years Ago …. * 18.7% incidence rate - 3rd highest in Wisconsin * Terrible outcomes for all Kids, esp. SwD * Students not part of their neighborhood school * All SwD defaulted to pull-out service K-12 * High School SwD Graduation Rate monitored by state * Best thing that could have happened to us * Ugly data led to change

7 History ★ Pupil Nondiscrimination Report ★ 2004 Pupil Services Delivery Committee formed (DSDT) ○ Analyzed: ■ Philosophical perceptions ■ Strengths of student services ■ Areas of Need ■ Data ■ Staff development needed ■ Staffing needs ★ 2005 Building Service Delivery Team formed (BSDT) ★ 2006 Fox Prairie BSDT Survey given to all staff ★ 2007 Focused Monitoring ○Improvement Plan ■Engagement of parents ■Analyze policies & practices (IEPs) ■Professional development for staff around dropout prevention ■Additional learning opportunities for students ★ By 2009: ○9% incident Fox Prairie ○10% incident rate for District ○Renamed DSDT/BSDT as Integrated Comprehensive Services (ICS)

8 Helpful Resources Learning: Meeting the Needs of Students of ALL Abilities From Disability to Possibility Training: ★ Paula Kluth ★ Patrick Schwarz ★ Elise Frattura

9 Reflective Results ★ BSDT/ICS formed ★ Cross Categorical model ★ Special education staff trained in all disability areas ★ Renamed to Learning Strategists (spec ed, ELL, etc.) ★ Created IEP-at-a-Glance ★ Facilitated IEPs ★ Aligned with grade levels not disability area ★ Common planning time created ★ Co-teaching ★ Pull-out to Push-in ★ Social justice for ALL ★ Purposeful scheduling ★ Natural proportions

10 Student Placement ★ Grade level teams and learning strategists come together to create class lists ★ Purposeful student class placement ★ Emphasis on natural proportions

11 Co-teaching/Differentiation ★ Collaboration with the experts in our building ★ Teachers and learning strategists started co-teaching in many different ways ★ Teachers started differentiating instruction based on individual student needs ★ Common time is needed for planning

12 Academic Intervention ★ Master schedule is based around an intervention time for each grade level ★ Grade-level team members, learning strategists, and EAs are available at this time for interventions ★ Students receive “what they need”

13 Data Team Meetings ★ Teams collaborate and discuss strategies around behavior, academic, and social needs ★ Data teams reflect on practices and to see if correct interventions are being implemented

14 Data Team Meetings ★ Meetings are led by the grade- level Strategic Leaders ★ Teams meet on a weekly basis ★ Based on data, decisions are made in the best interest of the students

15 Building Consultation Team

16 BIP’s and FBA’s ★ Behavior needs to be in check to see academic gains ★ Take the time up front to gather the information to make an appropriate plan ★ Give your intervention time to work

17 Meetings & Paperwork

18 Summer Planning

19 * Set Intervention Blocks* Tier 3 Interventions Assigned * Common “Encore” Time p/grade* Specific Student IEP Support * Summer: 15 staff set -* ESL Support * Class Lists Set* EA’s assigned to Interven. Blks. * Strategist Assignments * Literacy & Math Blocks Built

20 EA Licensure/Scheduling ★ All EA’s Required to become EEN Certified ★ EA Job Descriptions and Rate of Pay ★ Every EA potentially supports SwD ★ Schedule Interventions and Student Support First, Production Last

21 Success!!!

22 Questions and Answers School Website: Mike Jamison: Sara Durtschi: Cassie Perkins: Amy Losacker:


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