Wayne Sailor

Wayne Sailor
  • Co-Director, SWIFT Education Center
  • Professor, Department of Special Education

Contact Info

Wakarusa Research Facility, 208C
1315 Wakarusa Drive
Lawrence, KS 66049-3830


Dr. Wayne Sailor is a Clinical Psychologist, Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, and Co-Director of SWIFT Education Center, a resource center that leads the nation in equity-based MTSS education, research, and services. His academic pursuits are focused on comprehensive school reform with the aim of transforming systems to integrate resources to benefit students through equity-based, inclusive education.  He has done research within the framework of Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS), Response to Intervention (RTI), and schoolwide applications of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).  His work is extensively published in articles and books.  His present research and teaching are focused on emancipation of marginalized students through comprehensive school reform, emphasizing coherence across school, state agency, local education agency, regional systems, and schools in aligning systems of support to remove barriers to learning and equitably apply all resources, including new technologies, to students in whole school contexts driven by equity-based MTSS and universal design for learning (UDL) strategies.  


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.

Research Interests

  • Full integration
  • Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS)
  • Response to intervention (RTI)
  • Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)

Selected Publications

Choi, H., Sailor, W., & McCart, A. (2020). Reshaping Educational Systems to Realize the Promise of Inclusive Education [Journal Articles]. Choi, J. H., McCart, A. B., & Sailor, W. (2020). Reshaping Educational Systems to Realize the Promise of Inclusive Education. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education 6(1), 8-236(1), 8–23.

Choi, J., McCart, A., Hicks, T., & Sailor, W. (2019). An Analysis of Mediating Effects of School Leadership on MTSS Implementation. [Journal Articles]. The Journal of Special Education, 53(1), 1-13. 53(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022466918804815

Hicks, T., McCart, A., & Sailor, W. (2018). Exploring the relationship between MTSS and inclusion: Fixed effects modeling with Bayesian analysis [Other]. In Hicks, T.A., McCart, A.B. Choi, J.H. & Sailor, W. (2018). Exploring the relationship between MTSS and inclusion: Fixed effects modeling with Bayesian analysis. American Educational Research Association paper. New York, NY.

Sailor, W., McCart, A., & Choi, H. (2018). Reconceptualizing inclusive education through multi-tiered system of support.  [Journal Articles]. Sailor, W., McCart, A. B., & Choi, J. H, (2018). Reconceptualizing Inclusive Education through Multi-Tiered System of Support.  Inclusion, V6(1), 3–18. Https://Doi.Org/10.1352/2326-6988-6.1.36(1), 3–18. https://doi.org/10.1352/2326-6988-6.1.3

Sailor, W., Satter, A., Woods, K., McLeskey, J., & Waldron, N. (2017). School Improvement through Inclusive Education [Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.)]. In Oxford Bibliographies in Education. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756810-0191

Algozzine, B., Choi, J. H., Horner, R., Sailor, W., McCart, A. B., Satter, A. B., & Lane, K. L. (2016). Development and Preliminary Technical Adequacy of the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Fidelity of Implementation Tool. [Journal Articles]. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessent, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734282915626303

Sailor, W. (2016). Equity as a Basis for Inclusive Educational Systems Change. [Journal Articles]. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 1–39.

Choi, J. H., McCart, A. B., & Sailor, W. S. (2016). Improving Learning for all Students Through Equity-Based Inclusive Reform Practices:  Effectiveness of a Fully Integrated Schoolwide Model on Student Reading and Math Achievement. [Journal Articles]. Remedial and Special Education, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741932516644054

Satter, A., Wolf, N., & Sailor, W. (2015). Taking PBIS into the future [Book Chapters]. In J. Anderson, R. L. DePry, & F. Brown (Eds.), Individual positive behavior supports:  A standards-based guide to practices in school and community-based settings.

McCart, A. B., Sailor, W. S., Bezdek, J. M., & Slater, A. L. (2014). A framework for inclusive educational delivery systems. [Journal Articles]. Inclusion2(4), 252–264. https://doi.org/10.1352/2326-6988-2.4.252

Sailor, W. (2014). Advances in schoolwide inclusive school reform. [Journal Articles]. Remedial and Special Education, 1–6.

Mitchiner, M. M., McCart, A., Kozleski, E. B., Sweeney, H., Sailor, W., McLeskey, J., Waldron, N., Spooner, F., & Algozzine, B. (2014). Emerging trends and future directions in effective, inclusive elementary schools for students with extensive support needs. [Book Chapters]. In Handbook of Research and Practice for Effective Inclusive Schools.

Sailor, W., & McCart, A. (2014). Stars in Alignment [Journal Articles]. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities39(1), 55–64.

(2013). Unifying Education Systems (L. Burrello, J. Kleinhammer-Tramil, & W. Sailor, Eds.) [Books]. Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.

Choi, H., McCart, A., & Sailor, W. (accepted/in press). Achievement of Students with IEPs and Associated Relationships with an Inclusive MTSS Framework [Journal Articles]. Choi, J. H., McCart, A. B., Sailor, W. (in Press). Achievement of Students with IEPs and Associated Relationships with an Inclusive MTSS Framework. Journal of Special Education.

Selected Presentations

Sailor, W. S., & Sindelar, P. (1/9/2020). Making the Most of Practice-Rich Preparation. CA Residency Lab Convening. Burlingame, CA

Sailor, W. S. (3/31/2019). School leadership support for sustaining and nurturing behavioral interventions. Changing the Climate Conference. Melbourne, Australia

Sailor, W. S. (3/31/2019). Using teams to make decisions for behavior support. Changing the Climate Conference. Melbourne, Australia

Sailor, W. S., & Miller, D. (1/31/2019). Leadership for Equity-based Multi-tiered System of Support in High-Need Schools. ESEA Network. Kansas City, MO

Sailor, W., Sindelar, P., Mitchiner, M., & Olmstead, C. (7/24/2018 - 7/26/2018). CA-MTSS Professional Learning Institute- IHE Convening. 2018 Professional Learning Institute. Sacramento, CA

Sailor, W. (3/8/2018 - 3/9/2018). Understanding California MTSS. California Council of Teacher Education Conference. Sacramento, CA

Sailor, W., Hicks, T., & Choi, H. (2/9/2018 - 2/28/2018). Relation Between Implementation of Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) and Student Outcomes. CEC Annual Convention and Expo. Tampa, FL

Sailor, W. (12/4/2014). Transformation: All Means All!. MO-CASE Presents the 9th Annual Winter Institute. Colombia, MO

Sailor, W. (10/15/2014). SWIFT Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation is the National Technical Assistance Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform. OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs) Leveraging Conference. Washington, DC

Sailor, W. (9/22/2014 - 9/24/2014). The SWIFT Center. Building Systemic and Sustainable Turnaround Efforts. San Francisco, CA

Sailor, W. S. (8/18/2014). SWIFT Center is the OSEP-Funded National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform. School Turnaround Conference. San Francisco, CA

Sailor, W., McCart, A., Quirk, C., & Dunford, P. (7/22/2014). From Silos to SWIFT: Working Together to Positively Transform the Learning Outcomes for All Students. Project Director's Conference. Washington, DC

Sailor, W. (7/23/2014). Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation -- SWIFT. SIG Director's Meeting. Washington, DC

Sailor, W. (4/16/2014). Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation SWIFT. NASDE Board. Denver, Colorado

Sailor, W. (4/6/2014 - 4/8/2014). SWIFT Technical Assistance Process. Meeting with SWIFT grant Project Officers. Washington, DC

Sailor, W. S. (3/4/2014). SWIFT Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation. Leveraging Conference. Washington, DC

Sailor, W. S. (2/3/2014). The SWIFT Center. National Title I Conference--Currents of Change. San Dieago, CA

Sailor, W. (1/30/2014). The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Center. Child Language Proseminar. Lawrence, KS

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Leadership in Research and Teacher Preparation for Systemwide Inclusive Education. H325D190042. US Department of Education. $2500000.00. (11/1/2019 - 10/31/2024). Federal. Status: Funded

Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED)- "Effective Leadership in High Need Schools: Building High-Quality Effective Instructional Leaders to Improve Student Outcomes". U423A180029. USDE Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII). $17179657.00. Submitted 5/16/2018 (10/1/2018 - 9/30/2023). Federal. Status: Funded

Project DataWall: A Decision Support System for MTSS. US Dept of Education. $1400000.00. Submitted 8/17/2017 (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2022). Federal. Status: Proposal Submitted

Developing, Aligning, and Improving Systems of Academic and Behavioral Supports: Scaling Up Multi-Tiered System of Supports statewide application. ORANGE COUNTY DEPT OF EDUCATION (OCDE) and California Department of Education. $2000000.00. Submitted 6/16/2016 (7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018). Other States. Status: Funded

SWIFT. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). $24500000.00. Submitted 8/3/2012 (10/15/2012 - 10/31/2017). Federal. Status: Funded