May 21 Inclusion Seminar

Invites YOU To Pave the Way
Embracing Learners with Special Needs in Catholic Schools

Tuesday, May 21, 2019



Jeanne Loftis Executive Director Oregon I.C.E.
Shareholder Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Past and Present Board of Directors and EC Member of several nonprofit and associations companies
Doreen Engel Adjunct Faculty Member/ Professional Development Consultant
Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University Chicago, IL
Dr. Erica Pierson, ND Physician
Emphasis on behavior management
Elizabeth Richard Learning Specialist
Holy Family School, Portland
Mary Wilson RAMS Program Coordinator
Central Catholic High School, Portland
Jon Jedrykowski Student Support Services Coordinator, RAMS Program
Central Catholic High School, Portland



Principals, Learning Specialists and Coordinators, Faculty

Oregon I.C.E. has compiled this day of learning for the benefit of those professionals in the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Portland who are paving the way to the inclusion of students with all abilities to learn and grow in the Catholic School environment.

Morning Session
8:30AM-12:15 PM

Holy Family School
7425 SE Caesar Chavez Blvd, Portland OR

*Plan to arrive by 8:15 AM at the gymnasium to check in, program will start promptly at 8:30 AM

Enhancing Education for All Through Inclusion for All in our Parish Schools

8:30 – 9:00 Jeanne Loftis
Recap of the Current State of Inclusion in the Archdiocese of Portland and the role of Oregon I.C.E. in the Inclusion road map.
9:00 – 10:45 Doreen Engel

  • Behavioral Issues 101: Introduction to Behavioral Analysis and Intervention Strategies.
  • How to work with family supports to identify and address/prevent behavioral issues in the classroom setting.
  • The role of Student Support Teams to enhance inclusion in the classroom. How to set them up, how to nurture them. Examples of Support Teams in action in Catholic Schools around the country, and their impact on inclusion.
10:45 – 11:00 Break and Q&A
11:00 – 11:30 Dr. Erica Pierson
Thoughts on behavioral issues and tips/resource information staff can offer parents.
11:30 – 12:00 Elizabeth Richard
Observe “Inclusion in Process” at Holy Family. Small group teams will observe various classrooms at Holy Family.
12:00 – 12:15 All
Working lunch, wrap up and feedback to Oregon I.C.E. on support needs/priorities.
12:30 Leave for Central Catholic

Afternoon Session
1:00PM- 4:00PM

Central Catholic High School
2401 SE Stark Street Portland OR

Catholic Education for Students with Special Needs at the High School Level

12:45 – 1:00 Check in at the Monsignor Tim Murphy Center, Central Catholic High School, Portland.
1:00 – 2:15 Mary Wilson, Jon Jedrykowski
Intro to the Central Catholic RAMS Program. How we identify and support student needs. Faculty and Family coordination/collaboration on learning programs.
Observe the RAMS Program in action at Central Catholic.
2:15 – 3:30 Doreen Engle
How to Establish and Maintain Student Support Teams at the High School Level.
3:30 – 4:00 All
Wrap Up, Q&A, Reception

The National Conference for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Oregon Convention Center

February 5-8th, 2020

There will be grants available for Catholic school educators and specialists interested in attending this conference. Please contact Jeanne Loftis at

Reservations, Accommodations and Location

Step One:
Fill out the Google Form to reserve your spot.

Step Two:
We are using the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Portland since it offers both a full breakfast, snacks and drinks at cocktail hour and a room that can comfortably hold more than one guest for the teams of faculty that we are hoping will come.

Book A Reduced Rate Room Now

The plans are as follows…but they are open and flexible since we heart inclusion and understand that things might change.

AGENDA: Monday, February 3rd: Visit Schools
9am – Start at Central Catholic with a keynote/welcome from Karen Gaffney
10am – Explanation of RAMS Program at Central Catholic and tours
Lunch provided by Central Catholic
1:30 – Visit to The Madeleine School – an inclusive K-8
3:30 – Tour of Portland State by some students with intellectual disabilities and sharing of their experiences of inclusive higher ed
Cocktails at Embassy Suites 5:30pm
Dinner on your own

Tuesday, February 4th: Sharing Best Practices
8:30am – Prayer Service
9am – EdTech by Sean Smith
10:30 – Ways to Support ALL Learners (MTSS/UDL) by Christie Bonfiglio
11:30 – 12:30
Box Lunch and Panel Sharing: What I Learned in the First Year of Inclusion (Mater Dei High School and St. Mary’s Central Catholic – looking for some student voices too)
1-3pm – Breakout Sessions: Victories, Glitches, Peer Mentors, The Nitty Gritty, Unified Sports, (Possibly: Personal Consultations to problem solve for a particular student’s needs)

We are so looking forward to seeing you!!

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