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.    

  • Forging Partnerships for the Future of Catholic Schools

    This presentation serves as a stepping stone to engage representatives from across the spectrum of Catholic higher education and Catholic schools to consider useful models of interaction.

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  • Planning a One-Size-Does-Not-Fit-All Faculty Retreat

    Marist High School in Chicago offers tips on how to plan a retreat that fits just right for your faculty.

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Featured Resource

500 Plus Ways to Teach Prayer for Students of All Ages

Teachers of all grade levels from preschool grades through high school will find this book a treasure trove of ideas on how to teach prayer, how to best pray, and obstacles to prayer.

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Upcoming Events

2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders

The 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders is the foremost annual gathering dedicated to serving current elementary and secondary principals, presidents, pastors and school board leadership in Catholic schools. CSL 2017 is an excellent opportunity for professional development in the preparation of the next generation of leaders in these positions desiring to serve in Catholic schools.

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, 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.


Supporting Exceptional Learners in Proactive, Systemic and Successful Ways: If It's Predictable, It's Preventable

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
4:00 pm EDT

Supporting exceptional learners is a moral imperative; education is a civil right. Students with vulnerabilities can and must be supported in more proactive, systematic, and successful ways. If it's predictable, it’s preventable. We can predict that students will bring different learning styles, interests, needs, and readiness levels to core learning environments; let’s prevent frustration and the wasting of time by being ready with differentiated supports (inspired by UDL), particularly scaffolded supports so that highly vulnerable students can successfully access priorities within fully inclusive classrooms. This is Tier 1 of RTI/MTSS. We can predict that some students will need more time to master core priorities and that other students will benefit from enrichment; let’s prevent students from falling behind and other students from missing opportunities to reach greater depths of learning by embedding buffer time into our unit plans. This is Tier 2 of RTI/MTSS. We can predict that some students will have significant deficits in foundational skills; let’s prevent continued failure and frustration by providing students with immediate and targeted interventions that explicitly address these needs. This is Tier 3 of RTI/MTSS. Whether a student is gifted, is learning English as a second language, or has a specific learning disability, all students can learn at high levels, all students can show significant growth, and all students deserve our love and support. From academic skills to behavioral skills such as social-emotional learning, self-regulation, growth mindset, and perseverance, RTI/MTSS has an unmatched research-based potential to support schools and staffs in their service to students. Presented by Dr. Chris Weber, a national recognized expert, author and presenter on differentiation, PLCs, RTI, behavior and blended learning.

How to Spell Success in Your Next School Technology Implementation

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
4:00 or 7:00 pm EDT

Today’s fast-evolving technology landscape can make selecting and implementing solutions at your school complicated, to say the least. From full platforms to simple applications, technology is playing a monumental role in the productivity of administration, the way in which teachers and parents communicate, and how schools as a whole interact both internally and with their community. There are so many factor to consider and so many options to weight when selecting what will work best for you and your school. Join Rick Dye from SchoolInfoApp and Dyanne Griffin from TeacherLists as they give you some guidelines that will help make your next technology selection and implementation successful.

Exceptional Learners: Serving Students with Disabilities in Catholic Schools

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
4:00 pm EDT

This webinar will walk attendees through the rationale for inclusive education in Catholic schools and provide practical tools and examples of how to prepare your school or classroom for inclusive practices in the upcoming school year. Resources will be shared and there will be opportunities for Q & A. Presented by NCEA Director of Professional Development, Dr. Pamela Bernards.

Legislative Developments for School Choice

Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 pm EDT

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for education choice, will highlight recent legislative developments in the private school choice arena, both in states and at the federal level. Learn about new, and newly expanded voucher, tax credit, and ESA programs around the country and learn about how to get more involved with school choice in your state.

Additional Resources

Students Get Look at New Catholic School

Students in Blacksburg get an exciting, first hand look at their new school. Learn More

Forget Everything You Learned in School

Life has a way of making one ‘smart’, or at least it has a way of stripping away the facade that facts and knowledge measure a person’s ability. Learn More

Meet the Leadership Team

Tips for Leading Retreats
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NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo

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


2017 Summer PD

Resources to keep you learning, growing and evolving as a Catholic educator in 2017.



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