Melinda Mitchiner

Melinda Mitchiner

Melinda Mitchiner

Director Mitchiner's current work with SWIFT Education Center includes being a member of the Center’s Executive Team and Research Programs Director with emphasis on supporting state education agencies (SEAs). In this role, she provides technical assistance to State Leadership and Implementation Teams, and oversees dissemination of SWIFT Center resources and products across multiple audiences. She manages SWIFT Center human resources and finances, including negotiating and monitoring sub-awards, assuring fiscal accountability, and maintaining compliance with sponsored project guidelines. She also oversees project implementation, technical assistance, and training. She recently co-authored the SWIFT SEA Blueprint for Equity Based Inclusive Reform, an overview of TA practices and collaborative learning structures to support SEAs in whole system implementation of the MTSS framework. Prior to her SWIFT leadership, she was a consultant for PBIS in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado; PBIS State Coordinator for Oklahoma; and a special educator who worked with schools and communities to support students with emotional/behavioral challenges. 

Investigator, The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center,
Research Program Director,
The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center

Assistant Director for Technical Assistance,
The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center

Ph.D. Special Education, University of Kansas
M.S., Special Education, Behavioral disorders, Emporia State University
B.A. Psychology and Secondary Education, Washburn University
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Wakarusa Research Facility 
1315 Wakarusa Drive
Lawrence, KS 66049-3830



Sailor, W. & Mitchiner, M. (2017).Pursuing coherence in pre k–12 systems policy and practice through technical assistance: the changing role of state education agencies. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Beitz, L. M., Mitchiner, M., Sailor, W. & Nelson, L. L. (2016). State education agency blueprint for equity-based inclusive reform: implementing, sustaining, and scaling up SWIFT in states. Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center.

McCart, A., McSheehan, M., Sailor, W., Mitchiner, M., & Quirk, C. (2016). SWIFT Differentiated Technical Assistance. (White paper). Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center.

McCart, A., Sailor, W., McSheehan, M., & Mitchiner, M. (2014). SWIFT national technical assistance mapping (White paper). Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center.

Mitchiner, M., McCart, A., Kozleski, E., Sweeney, H., & Sailor, W. (2014). Emerging trends and future directions in effective, inclusive elementary schools for students with extensive support needs. In J. McLeskey, N. Waldron, F. Spooner, & B. Algozzine (Eds.), Handbook of research and practices for effective inclusive schools (pp. 477–491). New York, NY: Routledge.

Riffel, L., & Mitchiner, M. (2014). Positive behavior support at the targeted group level: yellow zone strategies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Sailor, W., McCart, A., McSheehan, M., Mitchiner, M., & Quirk, C. (2014). SWIFT intensive technical assistance process. (Technical Assistance Brief #1). Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center.

Ng, J., Morsbach-Sweeney, H., & Mitchiner, M. (2013). Let’s sit together: exploring the potential of human relations education at lunch. Journal of Thought, 48(2), 65. 


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