School of Education
KU researchers receive $24.5 million grant to develop national center
Researchers in the Life Span Institute's Beach Center on Disability, the School of Education's Department of Special Education, and other units have received the largest grant in KU's history, $24.5 million, to develop a national center to assist schools in implementing KU’s successful model for educating general and special education students together and improving schoolwide academic outcomes.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs will establish the School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center (SWIFT). It will be directed by Wayne Sailor, associate director of the Beach Center.
The SWIFT center will provide intensive, innovative, on-site technical assistance and will assist state education agencies to implement school reform. A national communication system will include a new generation website, an interactive e–learning knowledge bank, and a national family alliance.