This week I am joined by Dr. Janna Bopp – Retired Director of Special Services, Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Janna talks about her time at Sacred Heart Cathedral School as well her role. She talks about lessons learned with parents, students, and services and offers advice moving forward. For more information about Janna please email her at email@example.com.Read More
This week I am joined by three great people associated with EMBRACE (Enriching Many By Reaching All in Catholic Education). Maggie Mosher, Executive Director—Jane Rall, Director of Operations, and Jim Kernell—President, Chairman of the Board. They talk about the mission and vision of EMBRACE in Kansas City as well as all of the services they provide. Additionally, they talk about the success stories and obstacles they have had in EMBRACE as well as the fruits of their labors. For more information about EMBRACE, please visit https://www.embraceks.org.Read More
This week I am joined by Dr. Gail Donahue, Director, Academy of Catholic Educators
(ACES) at Notre Dame of Maryland. Gail talks about her experiences as director for ACEs and the wonderful work they are doing to include students with special needs in the classroom. Gail also mentions the possible roadblocks that may occur when trying to include students with special needs in the classroom and in schools while offering practical advice to schools that would like to include exceptional learners. For more information about ACES, please visit www.ndm.edu/ACES.
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This week I am joined by Dr. Maggie Hubbard, former Director of Special Education for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and currently a coach with Academy of Catholic Educators (ACES) at Notre Dame of Maryland. Maggie talks about her experiences not only as a former special education director but as a first-grade teacher. She speaks about reading and the processes necessary for developing reading habits and also explains some sound strategies for reading success in the classroom. For more information about Maggie, please email her at email@example.com.Read More
This week I am joined by Sedonna Prater, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee. Sedonna talks about her background and her role in the Diocese of Knoxville. She also talks about English Language Learners and what the difference is between them and an exceptional learner. For more information about the Diocese of Knoxville schools, please visit, https://dioknox.org. For more information about Sedonna, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
This week I am joined by Dr. Janette Boazman, Associate Professor, for the Department of Education at the University of Dallas. Janette talks about her roles at the University of Dalls as wells as the courses she teaches. She details some models for giftedness as well as a discussion on what rigor should look like for students who are gifted. For more information about the University of Dallas. please visit https://udallas.edu/constantin/academics/programs/education/index.php. For more information about Janette, please email her at email@example.comRead More
This week I am joined by Sr. Edward Quinn, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools. Sister Edward talks about her background and her very large family. She shares what here role looks like at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and speaks about her vision for including exceptional learner in Philadelphia through accommodations, assessment, and instruction. For more information about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit http://www.aopcatholicschools.org. For more information about Sr. Edward Quinn, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
This week, I am joined by Mrs. Doreen Engel, Adjunct Faculty Member & Professional Development Consultant for the Greeley Center for Catholic Education out of out of the University of Loyola Chicago. Doreen talks about her new role at the Greeley Center. She discusses Catholic social justice and how teachers can incorporate Catholic social teaching in their classrooms t maximize including all learners. For more information about the Greeley Center, please visit https://www.luc.edu/gcce/index.shtml. For more information about Doreen, please follow her on Twitter @engelworks or email her at email@example.com.Read More
This week I am joined by Dr. Julie Cantillon, Associate Director for the Office of Schools for the Diocese of San Diego. Julie talks about her role as Associate Director and what those duties look like as well as talking about the exceptional learners in her diocese. She talks about the learning supports available to teachers in her diocese for working with exceptional learners and pays tribute to those in the field of Catholic special education who are leading the charge and providing supports for her teachers. For more information about the Diocese of San Diego, please visit https://www.sdcatholic.org/schools/elementary.aspx. For more information about Julie, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
This week I am joined by Mrs. Barb Gillman, a 3rd grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Barb shares with the audience her love for books especially children’s literature. For this podcast, she summarizes the following books that are fantastic to start the conversation about exceptional learners in the classroom: Wonder by R.J. Palacio, A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold, Dearest Children: A Message Inspired by Father Flanagan by Eli Hernandez, Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally J. Pla, and Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel. For more information, about Barb, please follow her on Twitter @BarbInNebraska or email her at email@example.com.
This week I am joined by Mrs. Kathleen McNutt, Principal of St. Louis School in Alexandria, Virginia. Kathleen talks about her school and how they are welcoming students with exceptional needs. She details the different supports available to diverse learners as well as advice for principals considering starting a program for exceptional learners.
This week I am joined by Mrs. Jill Annable, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, & Technology Integration for the Diocese of Grand Rapids in Michigan. Jill talks about her role as assistant superintendent and what led her to that position for Grand Rapids. She details the success of the Student Support Serviced Network in her diocese and how it provides support for students with exceptional needs. Finally, she offers advice to other leaders who are considering welcoming student with special needs. For more information about Jill, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Diocese of Grand Rapids Schools, please visit https://catholicschools4u.org.
This week I am joined by Mr. Vincent Spadoni, Principal of St. Elizabeth School, Rockville, Maryland. Vincent details what his life as a principal looks like at St. Elizabeth and talks about his students. He also speaks about the resources available to students with exceptional needs and the different students that the school is able to service. He speaks about the role of his families at the school and offers advice to principals who might be considering an exceptional learners program. Finally, he discusses the value of social media and Catholic schools. For more information about St. Elizabeth please visit, http://stelizabethschoolmd.org.
On the first show for Season 2, I am joined by Sr. Dale McDonald, Director of Public Policies for NCEA. Sr. Dale talks about her background as well as what led her to NCEA. She spends some time detailing ESSA and IDEA as well as its impact on Catholic schools. Finally she discusses how school choice works and its effects on Catholic schools. For more information about Sr. Dale, please email her at email@example.com.Read More
On our last episode of the school year, I am joined by Mrs. Marcey Ayers, Director of Special Programs for the Archdiocese of Miami in Miami Florida. Marcey talks about all the different roles she held in special education and her journey to the Archdiocese of Miami. She details her passion for special education for the Archdiocese and her vision for inclusive education. For more information about, Marcey, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Archdiocese of Miami schools, please visit https://www.miamiarch.org/2013_adom/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Office_of_SchooRead More
This week I am joined by Ms. Brighid McGann, Resource Director, for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Bethesda, Maryland. Brighid discusses her background and what led her to work at Our Lady of Lourdes. She also discusses how the students are inclusively educated at the school and how the teachers differentiate the instruction for each student. For more information about Brighid, please email her at email@example.com. For more information about Our Lady of Lourdes, please visit https://www.bethesda-lourdes.org.Read More
This week I am joined by Mr. David Faber, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Grand Rapids in Michigan. Dave talks about his role as superintendent and what led him to that position for Grand Rapids. He also discusses his vision for special education and highlights some success stories of inclusion in the diocese. For more information about Dave, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Diocese of Grand Rapids Schools, please visit http://www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/schools/Pages/Schools.aspx#.Wq3RrmaZMWo.Read More
This week I am joined by Mrs. Valerie Mara, Assistant Superintendent of Academics for the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Catholic Schools. Val discusses all the various roads that led her to the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Catholic schools from working with troubled youth to assistant superintendent. She details her academic and testing role in curriculum for the Archdiocese as well as her passionate vision for special education including her detailed plan for working with students with disabilities. For more information about Val, please email her at email@example.com. For more information about the Archdiocese of Hartford, Catholic Schools please visit http://catholicedaohct.org/aboutRead More
This week I am joined by Mrs. Kathy Mears, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. Kathy discusses her role as superintendent for the Archdiocese of Boston and her journey to there as a former teacher and creator of special education programs in other dioceses. Kathy also discusses special education programs in her Archdiocese and the successes of their programs. She offers ideas to other dioceses for beginning special education programs. For more information about Kathy, please email her at Kmears@rcab.org. For more information about the Archdiocese of Boston schools, please visit http://www.bostoncatholic.org/CatholicSchoolsOffice.aspx.Read More
This week I am joined by Ms. Debbie Orr, Head of School at Notre Dame Academy, in Duluth, GA. Debbie discusses her journey to Notre Dame Academy and what led to the school's creation. She also discusses the students that are serviced at Notre Dame Academy from "diapers to diplomas" as she calls it. She talks about how the school is meeting the needs of their diverse populations as the move through the grade levels. For more information about Debbie, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Notre Dame Academy, please visit https://www.ndacademy.org.Read More