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Amy McCart

SWIFT Education Center
Co-Director

Dr. McCart's current professional responsibilities include working with a collaborative team providing leadership, guidance, and development in the areas of inclusive education, school improvement, and community school approaches to students, families and research partners. She is Co-Director of SWIFT Education Center, which includes her role as Director of Technical Assistance for SWIFT Center and California's Scale Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative. In these roles, Dr. McCart is responsible for Project Procurement and Management, including securing funding for research and technical assistance projects in the area of Inclusive Education, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, Multi-tiered System of Support, Family Systems of Support and Special Education. Her activities include writing federal grant proposals and foundation proposals and, when awarded, serving as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator to ensure project goals and objectives are executed as designed. As a leader in the field of educational technical assistance and professional development, she is involved in Content Development and Research in Inclusive Education, including content for technical assistance purposes and training based on the most current evidence-based practices in administrative leadership, multi-tiered system of support, integrated education frameworks, family and community engagement, inclusive policy structures and practices, and implementation science. Among Dr. McCart's most significant contributions to the field of inclusive education are the significant and sustainable changes occurring in schools across the nation; sharing her knowledge through publications in peer- reviewed journals, as well as other national publications; and presenting at national and regional conferences. She is further involved in National Dissemination through development and maintenance of the OSEP-funded SWIFT Center website, swiftschools.org, including but not limited to website and social media content and leadership among co-researchers and SWIFT partner organizations on a National and Regional level to ensure SWIFT resources are up-to-date with evidence-based practice and partner materials. Dr. McCart highly values and collaborative practices through the SWIFT National Leadership Consortium, a national Advisory Group and a technical assistance faculty from numerous universities for the purpose of providing assistance to state and local educational agencies and schools as they move from traditional to fully inclusive education. Some of her additional responsibilities at the University of Kansas include recruiting and promoting doctoral candidates and their preparation for leadership in the field of Special Education and teaching masters and doctoral level courses as needed; working collaboratively with the research units at the University of Kansas, including The Beach Center on Disability, The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, and the Department of Special Education. In the community, Dr. McCart advocates for children by meeting with state and federal leaders in Education and Child Mental Health agencies.