Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild

Archdiocese of Washington Collaboration Days

Guild Director Caitlin Keeton who is Principal at Little Flower Catholic School in Southern Maryland was invited to present breakout sessions at this fall’s Collaboration Days involving over 1500 educators across the Archdiocese of Washington. The focus for the fall event was “Building Inclusion, Differentiation, and Increasing Pedagogical Effect.”

Mattie was a child with disabilities, but he also had tremendous abilities and gifts that added great value to the lives of everyone who knew him. Caitlin recently created for the Guild the Mattie Matters Virtue of the Month Curriculum as a resource for Catholic school educators and leaders to use to promote Mattie’s virtuous life and to inspire others to grow in virtue, knowing that we are all called to be saints. The curriculum and Mattie’s poetry and writings were explored in these breakout sessions through a lens of inclusion and creating an inclusive community, where everyone belongs. 

The Guild offers a huge thank you to the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Schools Office for inviting the Guild and organizing insightful professional development while also offering time together to grow and share. Educators know how to inspire and are themselves inspirational. We thank them for their ministry and sharing their gifts with our children.

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