One Spirit, One Body:

We are happy to share a substantial white paper on Exceptional learners titled One Spirit, One Body: An Agenda for Serving Students with Disabilities in Catholic Schools.

An excerpt from the document reads,

"The principle findings of the USCCB (2002) study, Catholic School Children with Disabilities, found that nationally, 7 percent of children enrolled in Catholic schools are children with disabilities, compared to 11.4 percent enrolled in public schools. When comparing disability types, Catholic schools enroll a greater percentage of children diagnosed with hearing impairment or deafness, developmental delay, speech/language, uncorrected vision impairment or blindness, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments than public schools (USCCB, 2002: p. 11). Huppe (2010) notes that other disability categories such as mental retardation, autism, and emotional disorders have a “significantly lower representation in Catholic schools than in public schools.”


NCEA Exceptional Learners Conference

June 19 - 21


The top five reasons you don’t want to miss this year’s  2017 NCEA New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference (ELC 2017):

1.     All are welcome. As Catholic school educators we are called to inclusion. Welcoming  and serving learners is a responsibility for those in Catholic education.

2.     Advance  your skills. High quality, innovative and relevant professional learning at ELC 2017 you and your Catholic school team skills and ideas to take back and use right away in your school community.

3.    Social and Professional Networking. Mingle, collaborate and share with other Catholic school educators at luncheons, receptions and many other opportunities during ELC 2017.  Read More


Call for Papers for the Mustard Seed Conference

The Mustard Seed Project (October 9-10, 2017) is a conference that explores the important topic of serving students with disabilities within the Catholic school setting. Drawing on the experience of Catholic school professionals and clinicians, this conference will highlight promising practices and provide practical lessons on inclusive practices in Catholic schools. The conference is held at the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago.

We are pleased to announce the CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS.  

We are interested in soliciting proposals for both elementary and secondary Catholic school audiences. 

The proposal form is located here.

Proposals are due by June 9, 2017!