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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  • Leadership Isn't a Title

    Learn how to define what it takes to lead and build an organization, see beyond the issues and think outside the box to find opportunities and solutions to the most vexing problems. 

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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.


Many Gifts One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools

October 16, 2017

Countless people in our country have been blessed by the many gifts of Catholic schools.  It is with this recognition in mind that NCEA and FACTS Management presents Many, Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools.  Scheduled for January 30-31, 2018, 9am EST, this is a time for individuals to give to their local Catholic school.  Learn how to best prepare for the day of giving, including leveraging relationships with donors, creating your giving pages an creating an individual marketing plan.

Register - 1 PM EDT   Register - 4 PM EDT

Strong Catholic Families: New Paradigms in Play

October 17, 2017

Sacramental ministry calls for faith leaders to be committed to a formation and transformation that leads to living out the sacraments within the family and the faith community. This session will reveal successes and new methods and possibilities for embracing the fullness of sacramental living through vibrant sacramental ministry.

Register - 2 PM EDT

Catholic Identity in the 21st Century Classroom

October 26, 2017

How do you effectively integrate Catholic Identity within a 21st century classroom? This session will showcase how to integrate Catholic Identity, or other faith based values, through the lens of the SAMR model. Participants will walk away with ideas not only how to modify or redefine experiences, but ensure that Catholic Identity is interwoven through the content areas. Suitable for the K-12 educator, see effective and engaging student work samples that clearly demonstrate strong pedagogy, technology and content.

Register - 7 PM EDT

Dia de los Muertos: Infusing Catholic and Cultural Traditions Into Your Classroom

October 30, 2017

The Day of the Dead is an opportunity to bring Latin American cultural traditions into your classroom in relation to All Soul's Day and All Saint's Day.  This Halloween, take the focus off of candy and costumes and use this teachable moment as way to engage students in the rich faith traditions and practices surrounding the Day of the Dead.  Activity ideas and applications for all grade levels will be shared as well as an overview of the holiday and how it relates to the liturgical year here and around the world.

Register - 4 PM EDT

Additional Resources

October Public Policy Updates

Monthly public policy updates, including parental choice, religious freedom, and disaster response. Read more

Podcast Blog: Dr. Tom Burnford

Dr. Tom Burnford, President/CEO of NCEA, joins Dr. Tim Uhl to discuss creating a new vision for Catholic schools. Read more

Building Models for Systems Level Improvement with Limited Staff

Dr. Matthew Veerecke, superintendent of the Diocese of Dallas shares insight on creating a culture of growth and change with limited staff in the central office. Read more

Meet the Leadership Team

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