The Shared Writing Instructional Model (SWIM) project is focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating a model of writing instruction for students with disabilities in grades K-5. The SWIM system supports student progress toward achieving grade-level expectations, attainment of appropriately ambitious instructional goals, and the development of additional self-regulation skills. One major component of the system is an online dashboard that integrates learning map models, instructional resources, and assessments into a single interface. A coaching component is designed to support the model and build teacher capacity in SWIM implementation.
Researchers at the Center for Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems (ATLAS) at the University of Kansas lead the SWIM project. The Iowa State Department of Education, school districts in Iowa, and a project advisory committee are collaborating with ATLAS staff on the SWIM project. The SWIM model is designed to integrate with Iowa's Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Framework in support of improving literacy outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities.