Category: Diversified Learners

October is Mental Illness Awareness Month

October 4-10, 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week From our partners at NAMI: The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, we will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that […]

20-21 Diversified Learners Committee Updates and Schedule

Diversified Learners Committee is #igniting hope this new school year! With the wisdom of our co-chair, Dan Sherman, Principal, St. Paul School, we have been working on various items since June. Due to the nature of this year, we are offering regular DLC check-ins monthly via zoom. As a few of you know, our surprise […]

PSESD PD Offerings – UDL: Equality, Equity and Inclusive Practices

3 part series through Puget Sound ESD (Audience: Diversified Learners) The Case for UDL: Equality, Equity and Inclusive Practices: IPP Module 1 – NO COST October 15, 29, and Nov.12, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Module 1: In this first Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) Module, The Case for UDL: Equality, Equity, and Inclusive Practices, […]

Elementary SEL School Counselors Mtgs – 20-21

Through Spring 2020, our Catholic schools learned quickly the impact of effective mental health supports for students and adults. Two key Elementary SEL Counselors who were instrumental in sharing resources an SEL networking support  were Katie Denniston, Our Lady of the Lake School, Seattle and Christy Dahl, Assumption-St. Bridget School, Assumption. THANK YOU! It is […]

Upcoming Slingerland Trainings and Spring Education Conference

Slingerland Institution for Literacy  – Our wonderful learning partners at the Slingerland Institute for Literacy have an excellent calendar of training classes coming your way! Please consider: Important Links for the Short Classes: Link to online registration: [] Link to printable flyer: [] Short Class Schedule: Pre-Reading Skills  – March 6-7, 2020 Location: […]

Robotic Teams Unite to Support Unified Robotics Championship! Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019

2019 Unified Robotics Championship!!!!  Spectator Information for Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:30 AM to 4 PM | Pacific Science Center, Seattle  FLYER TO SHARE BROADLY! 2019 Unified Robotics Championship Spectator Information Overview: The 2019 Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship caps off a six-week season, during which students with and without intellectual disabilities work together to […]

St. Catherine Mental Health Ministry Team presents Stress and Biofeedback

St. Catherine of Siena Mental Health Ministry Team Educational Forum presents…… A Mental Health Ministry Presentation on Biofeedback for Mental Health Conditions Thursday, November 14, 2019 Victoria Hall, Music Room from 7-9 PM. 814 NE 85th Street, Seattle, WA Please RSVP to Trez at or 206-930-2739   FLYER to share broadly!  St. Catherine Biofeedback for […]

Mental Health Resources

In the United States last year, nearly 1 in 5 people suffer from mental illness – mental illness are taken seriously here at the Catholic Schools. If you ever need assistance or information, below are links for mental health resources: Mental Health Guide Mental Health Resource List

Bullying and Non-Violent Communication Presentation – October 10, 2019

Dear Teachers, Counselors and Staff, We are off to a bit of a late start but here we go! We have a time change for offering our sessions. Now we will be on the second Thursday of each month. No cost. Please let me know if you have topics you would like me to research […]

Slingerland Fall Classes – Consider signing up NOW!

The Slingerland® Institute for Literacy is a non-profit organization that trains teachers to instruct students struggling with reading, writing and spelling skills. The Slingerland® Approach teaches oral and written language skills in the classroom to all types of learners, especially those with dyslexia. The Slingerland® Multisensory Structured Language Teacher Training Course is accredited at the […]

Summer 2019 PD Offerings

Summer 2019 Professional Development Offerings – Recommended by OCS AUGUST 2019   Friday, August 16, 2019 VIRTUS TRAINING as a Component of NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION. Time: 9 AM – NOON. Location: St. Philomena School, Des Moines. Click here for registration information. Saturday, August 17, 2019: WABIDA DYSLEXIA FAMILY FAIR – August 17, 2019  9 AM to […]

Let’s get ready for UNIFIED ROBOTICS!!! Fall 2019

Dear Catholic School Leadership, Join us in creating unified teams for this year’s Unified Robotics season through Special Olympics of Washington. All are invited and welcome! Become a partner! Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It […]

Mental Health Retreat – Holy Family, Kirkland – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019  9:30 am to 4:00 pm   Holy Family Parish Social Hall 7045 120th Ave NE Kirkland, WA Mental Health Ministry presents:  The Spirituality of Relationships…..Care for Yourself While you Care for Others Discover: How our relationship with God impacts our relationship with others Explore: Reflect in a peaceful, quiet setting Transform: Relationships […]

Memo of Understanding – Gonzaga, Fulcrum Foundation, and OCS

Catholic schools partnership targets service to diverse learners Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools, Gonzaga University, Fulcrum Foundation GU-FF-OCS MOU Poster The Archdiocese of Seattle Office for Catholic Schools is joining with Gonzaga University’s School of Education and the Fulcrum Foundation to increase opportunities for students training to serve diversified learners. The joint initiative is designed […]

WABIDA FAMILY FAIR – August 14, 2019

SAVE-THE-DATE for WABIDA FAMILY FAIR – August 14, 2019 The Washington State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WABIDA) serves as a resource for individuals and the groups seeking information about specific language disability/dyslexia; promotes and organizes classes and workshops to provide information for individuals with dyslexia, educators, parents and others; encourages the development of […]

Mental Health OSPI – OSSI Resources- May 2019

OSSI’s monthly newsletter provides accessible resources and connects readers to best practices at the state, regional and local level that are improving student outcomes. May focus: Mental Health Setting the Stage: When we talk about mental health Social-Emotional Outcomes Improved Through Project AWARE Share Your Story: Successes from the Field Exploring the Landscape of Mental […]

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! One of the GREAT things about this article are all the resources linked to other resources.  The links lead to a treasure trove of great info. State officials urge action on youth mental health trends OLYMPIA — Recently released Healthy Youth Survey data [] show a high and increasing number […]

Bridge Disability Ministries Conference – May 15, 2019

2019 Bridge Disability Ministries Conference -May 15, 2019 1-Day Regional Conference – Diversity in Unity: Imagining Our Faith Communities Differently Our Speakers: Maria Eugenia Cornou PhD, Author and Speaker, is Pro-gram Manager for Intercultural Learning at Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, an affiliate of Calvin University. From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Cornou taught Biblical Studies […]

Diversity in Unity: Imagining our Faith Communities Differently – May 15, 2019

Bridge Disability Ministries is pleased to invite you to: A 1-Day Regional Conference: Diversity in Unity: Imagining Our Faith Communities Differently DATE: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 TIME: 9:00am –4:00pm PLACE: Westminster Chapel / Bellevue 2019 Bridge Disability Ministries Conference – May 15, 2019 Registration: Churches & Organizations– 4+ Attendees: $110 Individual: $30 For more info […]

Mental Health Resources to assist Parishes and Schools

The Archdiocesan Mental Health Ministry Committee has organized the following resources to better support our parish school faith communities. MH Ministry Brochure Quick Reference on Mental Health for Faith Leaders St James Cathedral MH Resources Pastoral Response to Mental Illness Mental Health Facts Children and Teens 2018 WA State Healthy Youth Survey    

St. Catherine of Siena Mental Health Ministry Team – Sleep and Mental Health – Jan. 24

St. Catherine of Siena Mental Health Ministry Team Educational Forum Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:00-9:00 PM St. Catherine of Siena Parish  Music Room, Victoria Hall 814 NE 85th Street Seattle, WA TOPIC: Sleep and Mental Health  Please join us for a presentation from the Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management from the University of Washington […]

Newsworthy article from the Bellevue Reporter – St. Madeleine Sophie School

Newsworthy article from The Bellevue Reporter – St. Madeleine Sophie School St. Madeleine Sophie School is one of only eight elementary school across the country, and the only elementary level National Banner school recognized by the Department of Education and Special Olympics in Washington state. Read more at: []

2 Mental Health First Aid Trainings – Nov. 17 and December 7

Mental Health First Aid Training – sponsored by NAMI Eastside. Mental Health First Aid program teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community. Appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing […]

NCEA Parent News – Perfectionist Teens

Important mental health habits—including coping, resilience, and good judgment—help adolescents to achieve overall well-being and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood. The anxiety epidemic among youth today might not be a surprise to parents and teachers. What surprises many is that perfectionism is usually a form of anxiety in high-achieving teens. Share […]

COME support the 2018 Unified Robotics Championship – Nov. 18, 2018

  Special Olympics Washington 2018 Unified Robotics Championship Sunday, November 18, 2018 Seattle, WA ● 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Science Center: Laser Dome & Ackerely Parents/Friends/Spectators/Families will need to register using this link: [] . This is critical that they register for the event to reserve your space.  Times: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. […]

Mental Health Offerings – November 2018

Mental Health Opportunities Abound for November! Please share these resources broadly! St. Catherine Suicide Prevention   St. Catherine of Siena Mental Health Ministry Team Educational Forum. Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM St. Catherine of Siena Parish  Music Room, Victoria Hall 814 NE 85th Street Seattle, WA How to Support a Friend with Suicide Loss; How to Recognize […]

Special Olympics and the DLC

The Diversified Learners Committee continues to grow and enhance our partnership with Special Olympics. To volunteer as a school, as a family or as a parish community, please visit: Special Olympics Washington  and visit: Volunteer! **Photo credit: Courtesy of Katie Niemer Photography

St. Madeleine Sophie School recognized as a National Banner Unified Champion School – Special Olympics

St. Madeleine Sophie School recognized as a National Unified Champion School – Special Olympics Congratulations to St. Madeleine Sophie School on receiving National Banner status and being among 220 schools (elementary – college) in the country to receive this level of recognition.  St. Madeleine Sophie School is the 5th of its kind in the state of Washington. […]