The Mustard Seed Project

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The Mustard Seed Project is a conference that explores the important topic of serving students with disabilities within the Catholic school setting.  This year’s theme, Moving from Inclusion to Belonging: A celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Pastoral letter on persons with disabilities.

The Pastoral Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities (November 16, 1978) has been referred to as one of the most important documents of the American Church regarding persons with disabilities.  It sets forth a vision of Church where all are truly welcomed.  The Pastoral Statement has as much relevance for Catholic organizations today as it did 40 years ago, at its publication.  Increasingly, Catholic schools are responding to this call to open their doors to students with disabilities, yet they are in need of supports and guidance in order to effectively build more inclusive environments.

The Mustard Seed Project 2018 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this landmark document set forth by the U.S. Catholic bishops.  The Mustard Seed Project 2018 will explore this urgent call for inclusion, explore the necessary supports needed to enhance the response to this call and provide an important opportunity for Catholic school professionals to network and share best practices. 

Outcomes:

Conference participants will:         

  • Formulate a school-based response to the Bishops’ Call for Inclusion, as articulated in the Pastoral Statement
  • Create a plan to move from simply including students with disabilities to supporting meaningful belongingness
  • Articulate next steps for creating school systems that facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities.

This conference will feature several professional development strategies including traditional plenary and breakout sessions. In addition to these strategies, dedicated time for team work will be integrated throughout the conference.  Teams will be assigned to sections based on readiness levels in order to develop actionable plans that can be used on return to their schools.  Teams will have access to coaching to help address individual needs in their plan formation.  Finally, the popular Ignatian Roundtable Experience will return.  The Ignatian Roundtable features a short Ignite-style presentation and the opportunity to network and apply the content across settings.  

 Tentative Agenda

Day One – Monday, October 8, 2018

8:45 a.m.

Opening/Prayer

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 am.

Opening Keynote

9:45 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Ignatian Roundtable Experience

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Plenary Session

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Team Assessments

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Break Out Session

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Break

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Break Out Session

5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

6:00 p.m.

Dinner

Day Two – Tuesday, October 9, 2018

8:45 a.m.

Opening/Prayer

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 am.

Opening Keynote

9:45 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Team Work/Coaching

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Team Work/Coaching

 

Evening on your own

Day Three – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8:45 a.m.

Opening/Prayer

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Parent Presentation with Plated Breakfast

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Gallery Walk

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ignatian Roundtable Experience

October 8 - 10, 2018

Doubletree Hotel
Oak Brook, Illinois
$450 - Early Bird                                                   $495 - August 1, 2018

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 Conference Flyer                                                                  Tentative Agenda