Wayne Sailor


  • Behavior
  • Parent involvement
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Wayne Sailor has done extensive research within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support and response to intervention. He developed the Schoolwide Applications Model (SAM), a school reform model field tested in Kansas City, Kan.; New Orleans; East Palo Alto, Calif.; and, most recently, in Washington, D.C. schools. The success of that model led to Sailor and his colleagues winning the competition to establish the National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Sailor now directs the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center at the University of Kansas. This Center provides technical assistance to 64 schools nationwide. He is a co-founder and former president of the Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH). Sailor’s most recent book, “Unifying Education Systems,” was published in 2013. He is a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas School of Education and a senior scientist with the Institute for Life Span Studies.