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Goal 6

A strong commitment to help the poor and those who are marginalized reach their full potential by:

a.    Addressing tensions that exist in our communities and reaching out to those who are financially poor (including urban, suburban and those in rural poverty), those who live in environments that do not nurture them, those who are immigrants, and those who are members of minority races or ethnic groups.

b.   Supporting and expanding all efforts to meet the special education and faith formation needs for children who have disabilities or other special needs.

Accountable Agencies
Archbishop Carlson (lead)
Catholic Education Center

Timeline
Begin: 2012                         End: 2018

Part one of Priority Six is: Support and expand all efforts to meet the special education needs for children who have disabilities or other special needs. This priority has been addressed in the following ways:

Support Efforts to Meet the Special Learning Needs of Students

  • Identify factors essential to addressing students’ special needs successfully in Catholic general education schools and processes necessary for these factors to be implemented…August, 2012. 
  • Include these factors in the rubric that accompanies the standards and benchmarks for academic excellence developed as part of Priority 2…March, 2013. 
  • Identify methods of increasing collaboration between Catholic special education schools and centers and Catholic general education schools…August, 2012.
  • Collaborate with Mercy Children’s Hospital Center for Autism to provide training for general and special education principals, general education learning consultants, special education principals and directors, and special education teachers and therapists in educating children on the autism spectrum…October, 2013. 

Expand Efforts to Meet the Special Education Needs of students

  • Established a new program at Kennedy Catholic High School to enable students who need to take their reading and mathematics intensive subjects in special education to do so…August, 2013. 
  • Developed strategies to expand the program at Kennedy Catholic to meet increased student enrollment for 2014-2015…March, 2014.
  • Arranged to move the special education learning center from St. John the Baptist Elementary School to St. Joan of Arc Elementary School for 2014-2015 to maintain Catholic special education in St Louis City and to more co-curricular opportunities for students…March, 2014.
  • Acquired iPads for students at St. Gemma Center and St John the Baptist Learning Center through grants as a growing body of research confirmed their educational value for students with special needs…2012-13. 
  • Acquired iPads for students at Annunziata School and The Academy at St. Sabina…2012-13.
  • Acquired iPads for students at St. Mary’s Early Intervention South…2013-14. 

The following are future plans for addressing this priority:

  • Continue collaboration with Mercy Children’s Hospital Center for Autism to provide additional training for Catholic general and special education faculties in addressing the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders…2014-15.
  • Collaborate with St. Joseph’s Institute to provide training for Catholic general and special education faculties on addressing the needs of students central auditory processing disorders…2014-15.
  • Update previously published resources related to the Learning Consultant Model of addressing students’ special needs in Catholic general education schools to assist schools with achieving Benchmark 7.6…2014-15.

Part Two of Priority Six states: Support and expand efforts to meet the faith formation needs for children with disabilities or special needs. This priority has been addressed in the following ways:

  • Action Steps for elementary schools that address this priority were developed . . . January, 2013
  • Action Steps for various archdiocesan agencies were developed . . . January, 2013
  • The Faith Formation Assessment of Students with Special Needs that addresses the elementary school Action Steps was developed and distributed . . . March, 2013
  • Report of the findings of the Faith Formation Assessment of Students with Special Needs was given to the Deputy Superintendent for Catechesis and Evangelization . . . May, 2014

The following are future plans for addressing this priority:

  • Action Steps for various archdiocesan agencies will be distributed . . . Fall, 2014