Beach Center on Disability

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Dr. Wayne Sailor

Associate Director

University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue, 3142 Haworth
Lawrence, KS 66045-7601

Office Phone: (785) 864-4950

Fax: (785) 864-7605



Dr. Wayne Sailor’s academic pursuits are focused on comprehensive school reform at the elementary and middle school levels. He has done extensive research within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support and response to intervention (MTSS/RTI). Much of this research has been concentrated on schoolwide applications of positive behavior interventions and support. He developed a school reform model called the Schoolwide Applications Model (SAM) which was field tested in Kansas City, Kansas, New Orleans, Louisiana, East Palo Alto, California, and most recently in Washington, DC schools. The success of that school turnaround model led to Dr. Sailor and his colleagues winning the competition to establish the National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). As a result Dr. Sailor now directs the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center at the University of Kansas. This Center provides technical assistance to 64 schools nation-wide spread across 16 school districts within five states. As one of the founders of the Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH) he has served as a member of its Board of Directors and was President of the organization over a four year span. Dr. Sailor’s most recent book is Unifying Education Systems published in 2013 by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. He is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, School of Education, University of Kansas; a Senior Scientist with the Institute for Life Span Studies and Associate Director of the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas. He also holds a Courtesy Professorship with the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas.


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Kansas, 1969

M.A., University of Kansas, 1967

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, California, 1963

Interests: Family Resource Centers; School Restructuring; Service Integration, Access to General Curriculum, and Positive Behavior Support.