Is it a good idea to bring a school online with I-SWIS when they are first adopting Tier III supports?

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2017 11:24AM PDT

Question:

I am an I-SWIS facilitator. I-SWIS Readiness requirements #3 and #4 (collecting student data, documenting an individual support system) will be fairly new concepts for the school I’m working with. What recommendations are there for addressing these requirements? 

Answer:

The short answer is: We recommend waiting to start I-SWIS until new systems and routines aren't so brand new and instead are more natural extensions of how the school does business.

The longer answer: Readiness requirements for each application make sure basic procedures, documentation, and agreements are in place before embedding the application into decision systems. 

  • I-SWIS readiness requirement #3 ensures there is a way to collect the student data compatible with the I-SWIS application. 
  • I-SWIS readiness requirement #4 ensures there is a system for managing student plans and everyone agrees to those procedures. 

If meeting these requirements means extensively changing parts of the school’s systems, it would be wise to delay starting ISIS-SWIS until everyone has had a chance to settle into the new system and provide feedback about it. 

Delaying the start also gives everyone time to train coordinators, setup student files, and collect some data. When they’re ready to start up with I-SWIS, all of that information can be back-entered for some immediate gratification. 

 



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