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Welcoming, Serving, and Celebrating all Students

Catholic schools are called to serve justly and inclusively, ensuring success for all learners. We believe all are welcome, creating a vibrant, Christian community that celebrates the God-given potential of every student. 

Pope Francis calls us to “build an educational relationship with each student, who must feel welcomed and loved for what he or she is, with all of their limitations and potential." Therefore, Catholic schools must do more to embrace their calling to serve all learners, including those who struggle with physical, learning, or behavioral challenges.

Use the buttons below to learn more about the PIE 18-credit hour program and cohort model or to nominate an Inclusive Educator. 

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The Program for Inclusive Education (PIE) provides a spectrum of learning opportunities to foster the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for inclusive education through...

We believe

  • All students are made in the image and likeness of God. Inclusive teachers are animated by the principle of human dignity and celebrate the diverse and exceptional characteristics of each student.
  • We are called to educate all students inclusively regardless of need. Inclusive teachers imitate Christ the teacher and reach out to the margins of the classroom cultivating Christ’s love, acceptance, and knowledge everyday.
  • Inclusion is intentional. Inclusive teachers are fully invested—building a culture of inclusion encompassing attitudes, skills, and dispositions while responding justly to ensure success for all students.

Welcome, Serve, Celebrate - Program for Inclusive EducationFREE Inclusive Education Resources!

Sign up to receive more resources from the Program for Inclusive Education and get a free copy of our "17 Strategies for Inclusion", a compilation of trusted resources to help students with academics, behavior, and executive functioning.

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The PIE team is excited to introduce a new resource: PIE-Lights for Inclusion, a series designed to give teachers and educators strategies they can use in their classrooms to help their students inclusively.

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Program for Inclusive Education Blog & A Little Slice of PIE Recordings

Our team would love to hear from you!

For more information on how you can become an Inclusive Educator, contact Abby Giroux at or 574-631-7158.
If you'd like to learn more about PIE's professional development offerings, contact Dr. Christie Bonfiglio at or 574-631-3430.

Hillary Russell, M.A.

Assistant Clinical Faculty; PIE Advocate Leader; PIE 3, Program for Inclusive Education

Nacia Hatch

Assistant Clinical Faculty; PIE Advocate Leader; PIE 1, Program for Inclusive Education

Erika Irlbeck

Associate Director of Educator Licensing and Data Management, Office of Professional Standards; Inclusive Content and Learning Specialist, Program for Inclusive Education

Aimee Skidmore

PIE Advocate Leader; PIE 6, Program for Inclusive Education