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.    

  • Risk and Integrating Risk Management Solutions

    Risk assessment is a decision making process for educational institutions to manage uncertainty. With the assistance of Educational Risk Assessment tools you can start with identification that leads to conscious decisions on how to manage uncertainty.

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  • Exploring Catholic Identity: Reflecting the Gospel in School Culture

    Using the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools as a framework, this PDF will offer the opportunity to reflect on how Catholic Identity shapes the culture and climate of a school. 

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  • 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders

    The 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders (ICSL 2017) is an annual leadership gathering dedicated to serving current and aspiring elementary and secondary principals, presidents, pastors and school board leaders working on behalf of Catholic schools.

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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

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. ICSL 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, 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.


Please check back soon for upcoming webinars, or visit the NCEA Webinar Archive for previously aired webinars.

Additional Resources

Steering the Battleship – Change is at the Heart of School Improvement

Schools are incredibly complex social institutions. It is no wonder that change in a school community has often been described as steering a battleship – a slow and deliberate process that requires the coordination of so many interrelated moving parts.  Read more

Is school choice helping or hurting Catholic schools in New Orleans?

Interview with RaeNell Houston, new superintendent of the archdiocese of New Orleans. Read 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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