Dr. Wayne Sailor's academic pursuits are focused on comprehensive school reform at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He has done extensive research within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support and response to intervention (MTSS/RTI). Much of this research has been concentrated on schoolwide applications of positive behavior interventions and support. He developed a school reform model called the Schoolwide Applications Model (SAM) which was field-tested in Kansas City, Kansas, New Orleans, Louisiana, East Palo Alto, California, and in Washington, DC schools. The success of that school turnaround model led to Dr. Sailor and his colleagues winning the competition to establish the National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). As a result, Dr. Sailor directed the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation which provided technical assistance to 64 schools nation-wide, spread across 16 school districts, within five states. At the end of that grant, the SWIFT Center became the SWIFT Education Center which he now co-directs. As one of the founders of the Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH) he has served as a member of its Board of Directors and was President of the organization over a four year span. Dr. Sailor's most recent book is Unifying Education Systems published in 2013 by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. Dr. Sailor specializes in equity-based Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS), Response to Intervention, research on tertiary interventions, inclusion, schoolwide positive behavior support, and comprehensive school reform using the Schoolwide Applications Model (SAM) and SWIFT Education Center framework.
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports: http://www.pbis.org/
Life Span Institute: http://www.lsi.ku.edu/
SWIFT Education Center: http://swiftschools.org
Full integration of students with severe disabilities through school restructuring processes and service integration strategies for health, social, and educational services for all children at the school site.
- Full integration
- Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS)
- Response to intervention (RTI)
- Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)