Parents in our Catholic Schools – We want to hear your voice!

Dear PreK – 12 Catholic School Parents,

We are excited to formally launch The Matthew Project: An Implementation Plan for Addressing the Needs of the Diverse Learner in the Archdiocese of Seattle.  This project is a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Office for Catholic Schools, the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University Chicago, and the Fulcrum Foundation.

This multiphase project aims to use baseline data to develop a systemic plan or roadmap to advance efforts in meeting the needs of diverse learners over the next 3-5 years.

Phase one of this project is now underway to gather data about our current practices in meeting diverse learners’ needs.  As part of this process, we are seeking the perspectives of teachers, parents and school administrators to help develop a comprehensive picture of our current practices. The survey window is Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 to Friday, March 5, 2021.  The survey is intended to take about ten minutes.

While the Archdiocese of Seattle is committed to responding to this call to serve our diverse learners, we recognize that each school is responsible for defining what they are able to provide in terms of resources, expertise and programs to serve all students in their care.

Can you share your insights and wisdom? Please fill out only one survey per person for this data collection. Within the parent letter, there are 2 links: 1) to access the parent survey, and 2) OPTIONAL: Consider participating in a cohort focus group via zoom during the window of March 1 – 11, 2021 with the Loyola researchers. This would be 60-75 minutes of your time to share your insights about your own experience in our Catholic schools.

Choose one:

Matthew Project -Parent Letter – English

Matthew Project – Parent Letter – Spanish

Thank you! Please contact Sandy Smith at sandra.smith@seattlearch.org if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for helping us secure wisdom from our school parents in our 72 Catholic schools of western Washington.

Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, released a statement on December 3rd in recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.