Westside Innovative School House (WISH) Charter Elementary School in Westchester is one of six schools from across the nation that has been selected by the School-Wide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center as a knowledge development site.
According to SWIFT, the charter school was chosen for the distinction due to its dedication to excellence and equity for all students.
WISH was recognized for its administrative leadership team, which promotes inclusive practices to lead the core elements of the school, said Amy McCart, SWIFT director of technical assistance. McCart noted that educators at the school embed universal design for learning and differentiated instruction into daily practice, and family and community partners are considered integral to the inclusive nature of the school.
“WISH is committed to providing a meaningful, engaging and rigorous learning environment for all children,” said Dr. Shawna Draxton, principal of WISH Charter School. “We are excited to learn from the SWIFT team and thrilled to serve as a knowledge development site.”
The SWIFT Center is a national kindergarten through eighth grade center focused on providing academic and behavioral support for all students, including those with the most extensive needs.
WISH and other knowledge development sites were selected from schools across the U.S. because of their exemplary inclusive practices, according to the center. The SWIFT center was developed as part of a grant awarded to the University of Kansas from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education.

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