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Educators sharing, exploring best practices at Mustard Seed conference

October 5, 2018

Ten educators from six of our Catholic schools are traveling Oct. 8-10 to the Mustard Seed Project, a conference that explores the important topic of serving students with special needs within the Catholic school setting. Educators from our diocese will showcase efforts like how they’ve created a Student Support Services Network to connect with and help each other serve students with various special needs. They will also learn about best practices developed in other dioceses.

The Mustard Seed Project is hosted by Loyola University Chicago’s Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education. Attendance by educators from the Diocese of Grand Rapids has been funded by the office of Bishop Walkowiak. Attendees are:

  • Jill Annable, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology integration (pictured above at a meeting of the Student Support Services Network)

  • Mary Balke, St. Paul the Apostle

  • Michael Debri, All Saints Academy

  • Abby Giroux, All Saints Academy

  • Emily Hoffman, West Catholic High School

  • Patty Joynt, Catholic Central High School

  • Amanda Kanitz, Catholic Central High School

  • Missy Meighan, Saint Thomas the Apostle

  • Amy Supple, Corpus Christi Catholic School

Watch the video below (or at this link) to learn more about our Student Support Services Network.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,600 preschool through 12th grade students within seven counties in West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential. Find your Catholic school at this link.