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The FIRE Foundation of Denver is pleased to provide two advocacy groups for the Denver Catholic School community.

Friends of FIRE

Friends of FIRE is an organization comprised of parents and other parish and school community members who value inclusive education and are dedicated to raising funds, building awareness and expanding inclusive education initiatives within their parish communities. Members come together five to six times each year to assist with events and fundraising initiatives and to share information about resources that promote student learning and family success. All parents whose children benefit from FIRE funding are asked to participate. Membership is open to everyone who believes in FIRE’s mission and wishes to offer time and resources to support inclusive Catholic education. Friends of FIRE members are champions of inclusion. A Friend of FIRE Liaison is appointed to serve as a link from the Foundation to each FIRE partner school.

Friends of FIRE meetings are scheduled throughout the school year to share information and to promote connections among families. Please contact for more information.

IGNITE Inclusion Committee

Teachers and Administrators: Consider Joining the Ignite Inclusion Committee!

  • Committee Vision Statement: Children of all abilities have the opportunity for a successful, inclusive Catholic education.
  • Committee Mission Statement: The mission of the Denver IGNITE Committee is to provide a system of knowledge and support necessary to empower Catholic educators in their efforts to provide an inclusive, Christ-centered education.
  • Please contact if you would like more information.
Kristen Lanier

Kristen Lanier

Director of Student Support Services, Office of Catholic Schools

Kristen Lanier comes to the Archdiocese of Denver’s Office of Catholic Schools with 18 years’ experience in education holding roles in the classroom, administration, educational coaching, and consulting. Her driving desire is to see all students known and thriving within the beauty of an authentically Catholic education. Lanier has a master’s degree in Educational Equity and Linguistic Diversity with an emphasis in special education from the University of Colorado. Her role will center around casting and articulating vision, bolstering systems to support exceptional learners, supporting schools serving children with special needs, coordinating professional development, fostering collegial dialogue, as well as being the touchpoint in the Office of Catholic Schools around exceptional students. She is a devoted wife and mother of four beautiful children.

Join a committee!

Do you have special skills in marketing, development, event planning, graphic design, grant writing or just want to get involved with FIRE and join the fun? We are looking for motivated individuals to join our volunteer committees. Please reach out to with your skill set and committee you would like to join.

Friends of FIRE meetings are scheduled throughout the school year to share information and to promote connections among families. Please contact for more information.

Inclusion Resources

What does inclusion look like in Catholic schools? One Classroom has created a classroom manual, complete with step-by-step instructions on the process of inclusion, with more information coming soon! This is a great reference for teachers, administrators, as well as families interested in enrolling students with special needs!

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One Classroom Manual

Over and over again we’ve been told by principals, classroom teachers, and pastors that they would love to be more inclusive but just don’t know how. Here is your roadmap for how to act.

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Journal of Catholic Education

A special issue on inclusion in Catholic schools.


National Catholic Educational Association

An agenda for serving students with disabilities in Catholic schools

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Pastoral statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on persons with disabilities

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A Summary of the Evidence on Inclusive Education

There is clear and consistent evidence that inclusive educational settings can confer substantial short- and long-term benefits for students with and without disabilities.

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Inclusion in Action Conference 2023

Inclusion in Action Conference 2023, The FIRE Foundation is pleased to present an inclusive education conference for principals, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents who are committed to creating and strengthening K-12 inclusive learning opportunities at their Catholic schools. February 16-17, 2023, virtual and in-person. Virtual taped conference is $99 with affiliate discount.

Peak Parent Center

Peak Parent Center

Sharing innovative, evidence-based information and strategies with families and educators AND connecting families – both to one another and to other educators and professionals – are key aspects of PEAK’s work in Colorado.

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University of Notre Dame: Program for Inclusive Education (PIE)

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

Prayer for Inclusion

Living and True God,

You created all that is good and holy in your image. Be close to us, your servants, who gather here today. Be our constant help and protection as we lovingly reach out to welcome and embrace all your children, regardless of abilities, in our parishes and schools. Bless our children as they grow together in faith, knowledge and friendship. And bless their parents and educators who guide them through challenges, who celebrate their special gifts, and who encourage them to reach their potential. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


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