Leadership Development

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA's Leadership Development team provides spiritual and professional development opportunities, networks of support, and resources to leaders of Catholic schools in arch/diocesan offices of Catholic school education, Catholic school systems, parishes, and the administrators who serve in Catholic schools.    

  • Catholic Leadership Summit and The Academy 2017

    Registration is now open for the Catholic Leadership Summit and The Academy!

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  • NCEA Consulting Services and Speakers Bureau

    Catholic education leaders are facing tough decisions about the future of their schools. Whether you are grappling with the strategic planning process, need to evaluate current programs or develop new initiatives, cultivate effective school boards, improve school culture, increase advancement efforts, institute staff evaluation and growth processes, access technology priorities or learn to use analytics to support student outcomes and increase student retention, we can help.

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Faculty Meetings that Make a Difference

Structure weekly faculty meetings that actively engage teachers and staff by promoting transparency and informed decision-making; incorporating the evaluation and use of data to meet the learning needs of all students;discussing recent educational research, successful instructional strategies and collaboratively examining student work; and regularly considering the school's Catholic identity and its efforts toward Catholic action.

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Featured Resource

School Handbooks: Legal Considerations

Handbooks continue to be an indispensable aid in the realization of the Catholic school's mission and ministry. This revised edition helps administrators understand that it is no longer sufficient to be able to defend what one has done; now one must give reasons for policies and procedures before actions are taken.

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Upcoming Events

Catholic Leadership Summit and The Academy 2017

The NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit is open to all NCEA members who are arch/diocesan superintendents, assistant or associate superintendents, directors of diocesan level offices of Catholic school education, leaders of religious congregation systems/networks of Catholic schools, and CHESCS members. The meeting begins on Sunday, October 22 and concludes on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. In addition to outstanding keynote and general sessions, and opportunities for leaders to network with each other, we are offering sessions in four leadership tracks at the Catholic Leadership Summit.


The State of Catholic Education

September 12, 2017
4pm EDT

Join the National Catholic Educational Association for an overview of the current state of Catholic school education and learn about highlights from NCEA’s Annual Statistical Report from the 2016-2017 academic year. Gain a national perspective on issues related to Catholic education and take advantage of this unique opportunity for Q&A with NCEA President/CEO, Dr. Thomas Burnford.

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Getting Started with Makerspace!

September 14, 2017
4pm or 7pm EDT

Makerspaces are the 21st century classroom. They can be designed to accommodate any learning style, ability, or age group. Being able to gear your school’s makerspace to a specific age group will allow the students to get the most out of the space. When kids go to the makerspace to learn, they aren’t just going through a drill and practice lesson that is seen too often in the classroom, they are using the hands to build, create, and imagine things never possible in a traditional classroom.

Presented by: Christopher Riley
Technology Coach, Immaculate Conception School


Smarter Assessment: How to Assess for Careers that Don't Exist Yet

September 27, 2017
4pm or 7pm EDT

We hear it over and over again- we are preparing students for jobs that don't even exist yet, therefore we have to change the way we teach. If we change the way we think about teaching, shouldn't we change the way we think about assessment? Should we be asking the same questions we always have? Why can't students use Google- or even Twitter or Wikipedia- to find answers? This webinar will focus how and why we create assessments in 2017. We will examine the end goal of assessment and the nuances of academic integrity as assessment increasingly moves online. 

Presented by: Tom Mach
Teacher and Technology Coach, Archbishop Spalding High School


Strong Catholic Families Series (Part 1 of 3) - Formation to Transformation: The Mass Exodus

September 28, 2017
2pm EDT

Thirteen. It’s not just reputed to be an unlucky number. According to CARA, it’s also the median age that Catholic youth “disaffiliate” with their faith and join the rising tide of “nones” in the country. It is also often the age at which many young people are Confirmed. What’s the connection and what critical role does the family play in this entire dynamic? More importantly, what can leaders and parents do to transform thirteen into a memorable year for the entire family?

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Additional Resources

Dr. Tim Uhl's Catholic Education Update

Dr. Tim Uhl helps you catch up on American Catholic news from the summer as well as offer you some resources for teaching tolerance. Read more

Governance and Leadership in Our Schools

As the school year begins, the hustle and bustle of planning and preparation is in full swing.  Catholic school leaders could use the following list as a guideline to focus on some essential areas of governance and leadership in their schools. Read more

Meet the Leadership Team

NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo

Save the date! NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo in Cincinnati, April 3–5.


Seton Awards & Gala

The NCEA Seton Award is named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching.



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