The Mustard Seed Project
The Mustard Seed Project 2017 was a great success! We were pleased to welcome over 200 participants from 16 states to share best practices and learn from one another. The energy and passion radiating from this group of teachers, administrators, diocesan office staff, university faculty, parents, and community partners certainly offered renewed commitment to Catholic school inclusion.
Thank you to our presenters for sharing your expertise through 30 breakout session highlighting effective strategies and approaches for inclusion at the elementary and high school level. Special thanks to Kerry Lynch, parent of kindergartener Mary Cate at Christ the King School in Chicago, for delivering an inspiring message on how inclusion motivates all of us to “choose kind.”
The conference ended on a high note with a half-day working session addressing important issues related to Catholic school inclusion. Through an Ignatian Roundtable Experience, participants considered three questions:
- What are the strategies we can use to help change the mindsets of various stakeholders about serving students with disabilities?
- Where are the opportunities and conditions to increase collaboration between schools and dioceses?
- How can we leverage resources (financial, human and other resources) to increase opportunities for students with disabilities in Catholic Schools?
Participants shared successes in these areas with one another and generated new ideas to increase inclusive practices in Catholic schools. The Greeley team will be documenting the collective wisdom from these conversations to inform future work in this area.