How Policy Alignment Impacts Sustainability of Schoolwide Transformation

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.

Resource Overview

The SWIFT Center (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Knowledge Development Sites offer diverse examples of best practices for schools and districts interested in schoolwide transformation. The examples in this brief can be seen throughout the school environment in both policies and practices. In this SWIFT Issue Brief we discuss examples from several Knowledge Development Sites where policy alignment was included as an active and fundamental strategy for schoolwide transformation. Policy alignment shifts the centralizing force of change from a dynamic leader, who is always time-limited, to an in-grained and lasting cultural framework; and the ownership for the change becomes shared among all staff and community stakeholders, expanding investment in the new culture both now and into the future.