Teacher, Five Catholic Schools Receive CCSE Grants to Build Inclusive Programs for Special Needs Students

October 01, 2010

The Catholic Coalition for Special Education awarded six grants totaling almost $64,000 to a Catholic school teacher and five Maryland Catholic schools to develop or enhance their special education programming for students with intellectual and physical disabilities and special learning needs.

The CCSE grants, awarded in mid-September at a ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, included the first-ever “Tuition Grant for Advanced Study in Special Education” given to a Catholic school teacher to continue advanced training for working with children with special needs. In addition to this first wave of grants, the Catholic Coalition for Special Needs expects to award additional grants to support education for children with special needs later in the 201-2011 school year.

Holy Cross Elementary School, Garrett Park, MD $13,720 grant to help fund the salary of a qualified special education teacher who will work with students with developments disabilities and/or low incidence disabilities enrolled for the school year.
Our Lady of Lourdes School, Bethesda, MD $15,000 CCSE grant to help fund the salary of a full time special education teacher and support continuation and growth of the program.
Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD $10,000 grant. The school community has raised an additional $20,000 to fund the recently opened St. Joseph’s Center. The program currently serves 10 students with Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, are on the autism spectrum, or have other learning disabilities.
Saint Francis International School, Silver Spring, MD $10,000 grant to help fund the salary of the Director of Student Services serving students with known and documented disabilities.
St. Clement Mary Hofbauer School, Baltimore, MD $10,000 grant to be used to help fund the salary of a full time para-educator to support a student with Down syndrome in an inclusion setting.

Also receiving a CCSE grant of up to $5,000 was Catholic school teacher Tara Quinn Zancan, who became CCSE’s first recipient of a Tuition Grant for Advanced Study in Special Education. Zancan told the gathering the grant will help fund a Master’s degree in special education, which was especially meaningful for her, as she experienced mild learning differences during her years in Catholic education.

The ceremony began with three students who are directly benefitting from grants provided by the Catholic Coalition for Special Education. The ceremony was attended by the new Archdiocese of Washington Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Deacon Bert L’Homme, and Director of Special Education Doreen Engel.

For more information about CCSE, visit www.ccse-maryland.org.

Francesca Pellegrino
CCSE Founder and President
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