Episode 50 - Dr. Julie Cantillon

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 jcantillon@sdcatholic.org.

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Episode 49 - Barb Gillman

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 barb.gilman@gmail.com.

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Episode 47 - Mrs. Jill Annable

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 jillannable@dogrschools.org. For more information about the Diocese of Grand Rapids Schools, please visit https://catholicschools4u.org

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Episode 46 - Vincent Spadoni

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.

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Episode 45 - Sr. Dale McDonald

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 mcdonald@ncea.org.

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Episode 44 - Marcey Ayers

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 mayers@theadom.org. For more information about the Archdiocese of Miami schools, please visit https://www.miamiarch.org/2013_adom/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Office_of_Schoo

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Episode 43 - Brighid McGann

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 bmcgann@bethesda-lourdes.org. For more information about Our Lady of Lourdes, please visit https://www.bethesda-lourdes.org. 

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Episode 42 - David Faber

 

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 dfaber@dioceseofgrandrapids.org. For more information about the Diocese of Grand Rapids Schools, please visit http://www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/schools/Pages/Schools.aspx#.Wq3RrmaZMWo

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Episode 41 - Valerie Mara

 

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 valerie.mara@aohct.org. For more information about the Archdiocese of Hartford, Catholic Schools please visit http://catholicedaohct.org/about

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Episode 40 - Kathy Mears

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. 

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Episode 39 - Debbie Orr

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 dorr@ndacademy.org. For more information about Notre Dame Academy, please visit https://www.ndacademy.org. 

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Episode 38 - Dr. Shauna Adams

This week I am joined at the 2018 NCEA Conference by Dr. Timothy Uhl, Superintendent of Montana Catholic Schools. Tim presents a session at the conference on how to podcast including subscription services and how to publish. We also sit down and speak about the joys of podcasting and my background in special education. He also discusses past guests and takes questions from the audience. For more information about Tim, please email him at uhltimothy@gmail.com. For more information about Catholic School Matters, please visit drtimuhl.com.

 

This week I am joined at the 2018 NCEA conference in Cincinnati by Dr. Shauna Adams, Associate Professor of Early Childhood at the University of Dayton. Shauna talks about Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), what they are and what they look like in the early childhood classroom. She also discusses the difference between delay and disability and the five areas of delay. She also addressed ways delays can be addressed in the classroom and by parents at home. Finally, she offers advice to early childhood teachers on working with young children. 

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Episode 37 - Dr. Timothy Uhl

This week I am joined at the 2018 NCEA Conference by Dr. Timothy Uhl, Superintendent of Montana Catholic Schools. Tim presents a session at the conference on how to podcast including subscription services and how to publish. We also sit down and speak about the joys of podcasting and my background in special education. He also discusses past guests and takes questions from the audience. For more information about Tim, please email him at uhltimothy@gmail.com. For more information about Catholic School Matters, please visit drtimuhl.com. 

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Episode 36 - Andrea Chavez-Kopp

This week I am joined by Mrs. Andrea Chavez-Kopp, Assistant Director for Educational and Formation Programs for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Andrea speaks about her role at NCEA and the upcoming NCEA conference in Cincinnati. She highlights the different sessions available for those who would like to know more about inclusive Catholic education and exceptional learners. She also speaks about how to get ready to attend the conference and other tidbits the attendee might need. For more information about Andrea, please email her at AKopp@ncea.org. For more information about NCEA and the conference, please visit, https://www.ncea.org. 

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Episode 35 - Mrs. Colleen McCoy-Cejka

This week, I am joined by Mrs. Colleen McCoy-Cejka, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Phoenix. Coleen discusses her background as well as the vision for special education in the Diocese of Phoenix. Coleen discusses the success stories for the inclusion of students with disabilities in her diocese including her Bishop's vision for special education. To visit the manual Colleen discusses, please visit http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2019932&backurl=/shelf/my/ . For more information about Colleen, please email her at cmccoy-cejka@dphx.org. For more information about the Diocese of Phoenix, please visit https://dphx.org/catholic-schools-universities/. 

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Episode 34 - Daniel Ferris

This week I am joined by Mr. Daniel Ferris, Superintendent of Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. Dan discusses the Diocese of Providence and its schools. He also talks about his vision for special education and the programs that are available in his dioceses for students with disabilities. For more information about Dan, please email him at dferris@dioceseofprovidence.org. For more information about the Diocese of Providence, please visit https://dioceseofprovidence.org/education. 

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Episode 33 - Dr. Sean Smith

This week, I am joined by Dr. Sean Smith, Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Sean speaks about technology options that students with disabilities can access in the classroom. Sean presents a very thorough, research-based, and applicable way that students can access technology in the classroom no matter the budget level of the school. For more information about Sean, please email him at seanj@ku.edu. For more information about the programs or apps Sean discusses please visit Google Classroom (https://classroom.google.com/signup), Google Docs (https://www.google.com/docs/about/),  Chrome (https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html), Newsela (https://newsela.com), CoWriter Universal (https://cowriter.com), Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org), Inspiration or Kidspiration (http://www.inspiration.com/Kidspiration), Start to Finish (http://donjohnston.com/stfonline/), and Flocabulary (https://www.flocabulary.com).

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Episode 32 - Rene Berkhammer

This week, I am joined by Mrs. Rene Berkhammer, secondary life skills teacher and transition coordinator at John Paul II Special Learning Center for Children and Adults in Shillington, Pennsylvania. Rene speaks about the John Paul II center and all the different disabilities that the center serves. She also speaks about the necessity for her students to be proficient in functional academics and other areas to promote independence. For more information about Rene, please email her at rberkhammer@johnpauliicenter.org. For more information about John Paul II center, please visit http://johnpauliicenter.org.  

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Episode 31 - Dan Tully

This week I am joined by Mr. Daniel Tully, Principal of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois. Dan speaks about his journey to becoming principal of Notre Dame College Prep as a former student, teacher and now administrator of that school. Dan highlights the distinctive programs in his school that meet the needs of students with disabilities at his school even including the inclusivity of his school as the mission statement for the school. Finally, Dan offers advice to principals who might be looking into becoming a more inclusive school. For more information about Dan, please email him at dtully@ndhsdons.org. For more information about Notre Dame College Prep, please visit http://www.nddons.org/s/1034/16/sta

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