Participants will self-assess their schools and design the necessary systems, structures, and practices to support all learners
The program is geared towards Catholic School Principals, Assistant Principals, Diocesan Leadership, and Teacher Leaders (Special Educators, Inclusion Programs Directors/ Coordinators, and Interventionists)
Courses include Special Education and the Catholic School, Three-Tier Prevention: Advanced Primary Supports, Three-Tier Prevention: Secondary and Tertiary Supports, The Exceptional Child.
Courses could be applied to MEd in Administration and Supervision with Principal Licensure
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
NCEA offers conferences and professional development resources relating to inclusive Catholic education. NCEA's Exceptional Learner Resources webpage posts blogs, videos, webinars, handbooks, and additional suggested reading to help Catholic schools be inclusive to all learners.
NCEA 2019 Convention and Expo Chicago Illinois
- Largest private-education association gathering in the world
- Offers new teaching techniques and best practices
- Provides hundreds of teaching and school resources
Educators develop an inclusive school culture by encompassing validated frameworks and employing evidence-based practices. Content (instruction/intervention) is integrated with classroom teaching and student data are utilized to connect theory with practice.
Completion leads to additional licensure in Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention (Indiana); Comparable licensure across the United States with transfer.
FIRE Foundation, a funding and advocacy organization that supports inclusion in K-12 Catholic schools, hosts a biennial conference for educators, parents and inclusion advocates. The conference takes place in Kansas City and includes a variety of plenary and breakout sessions on topics that equip Catholic schools with knowledge, strategies and best practices to support learners with disabilities in inclusive settings. Conference attendees have the opportunity to visit inclusive schools in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and network with educators and advocates from across the nation. This three-day event usually takes place in February. FIRE’s next inclusion conference will be held in February 2021. For more information about FIRE Foundation or to view presentations from past conferences, go to firefoundation.org.