Professional Development

The NCEA Professional Development team continually works to increase access to opportunities for the spiritual and professional growth of our members by ongoing collaboration, curation of resources and digital and on-site training.

  • Call for Proposals Now Open for NCEA 2018

    The Call for Proposals for the 2018 National Catholic Educational Association Convention & Expo is open now through June 2nd. Whether you have presented before or have been inspired by a session you attended during NCEA 2017, we invite you to submit a proposal to present in Cincinnati at NCEA 2018. If you have any questions about your submission, contact Andrea Kopp.

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  • Bearing Witness Summer Institute: Apply by April 30th!

    Join Catholic school educators from across the United States for Bearing Witness™, a six-day, all-expenses-paid intensive study experience designed to give you the skills and resources to bring the lessons of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and modern-day prejudice to your students and communities. Catholic middle and high school educators, including teachers, administrators and librarians, are encouraged to apply for the Bearing Witness Summer Institute.

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  • Registration Now Open: Exceptional Learners Conference June 19-21, 2017

    ELC 2017 will provide top-level education to teachers and administrators who either work with or are exploring the possibility of working with students with exceptionalities in a Catholic school setting. This program is designed to offer practical skills, quality professional development and networking opportunities for special educators in Catholic schools, early interventionist, and other Catholic educators instructing and supporting children and youth with exceptionalities. 

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The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis

The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis was written to inspire and challenge those who participate in the ministry of adolescent catechesis. The document discusses the joys and challenges of forming young disciples and empowering them to authentically encounter the person of Jesus Christ through their experience of the Catholic faith. It strives to critically examine assumptions, offers a dynamic vision and a set of vital outcomes for all leaders, and encourages deep conversation to spark the creation of new patterns of ministry to and with young people. The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis is the result of a collaborative partnership by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, The National Catholic Educational Association and The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. 

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Upcoming Events

NCEA 2017 New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference

Catholic schools strive to be inclusive of all learners, and teachers and administrators are seeking strategies, best practices and resources to help serve the needs of exceptional learners in the classroom. Ergo, it is with great pleasure that we announce the NCEA 2017 New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference (NCEA 2017 ELC), which will take place June 19-21, 2017 in Evanston, IL (Chicago area).

NCEA 2017 Wisdom & Witness Conference

Focused around the Six Tasks of Catechesis, this unique conference brings together religion teachers, campus ministers, administrators and service coordinators to discuss the latest information and best practices in religious education and social justice.  Utilizing a variety of best practices in adult learning such as small group dialogue and analysis of real-life questions, participants will engage in discussion and activities with one another and experts in the areas of adolescent development and discipleship.  The conference will take place June 23-25 at the University of Dayton.


Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Adolescent Brain

This webinar will define culturally responsive teaching and outline factors in which current students are motivated. These research based strategies are applicable to the whole student body. We will look at ways to meet students' needs at the cultural level and examine the need to build a culturally competent team. As a group we'll reflect and evaluate our own cultural nuances and what makes us click. More often than not, it's enlightening to see the impact that culture has on us and how it influences our behavior/teaching. Investigate the basic functions of the adolescent brain to help identify factors that excite the mind in the classroom. Nicholas Wilson will leave behind a few exercises to consider moving forward, and will ask for teachers to be more explicit with teaching culture (American and foreign culture) in their classroom. The exercises ask teachers to look at examples of cultural education and how they can modify their lessons in the future. Presented by Nicholas Wilson, Director of Educational Services for Three W International.

Presented in Partnership with: Three W International

Tuesday April 25, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EDT


Essentials of Core Reading Instruction

Teachers in grades 3-8: are you looking to energize your reading instruction? This webinar will discuss key components that are essential for reading instruction. These will include the Gradual Release of Responsibility to teach comprehension, the strategy of close reading for comprehension, vocabulary instruction, and free-choice reading. Throughout we will talk about what structures support this instruction. Presented by Michelle Lia, Assistant Director of Professional Development for Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education.

Thursday April 27, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST


Adopting Standards Based Grading in your School or Diocese

Teachers who have been using traditional grading for years find it difficult to switch to standards-based grading. Often using a hybrid approach of traditional and standards based grading for a few years can ease transition towards pure standards-based grading. We will discuss challenges and strategies that schools/dioceses have successfully implemented that you can adopt for your school/diocese.

Presented in partnership with: SchoolSpeak

Monday May 1, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EDT


Nobody Has the Power to Ruin Your Day

This unique live webcast experience allows teachers to invite Lizzie Sider, an 18 year old recording artist,  nationally recognized speaker and anti-bullying advocate, into their classroom to present her anti bullying message directly to students, live, via the web, and to take questions, from the audience.  Lizzie has personally performed her live Bully Prevention Assembly at nearly 400 schools throughout the country, and her Bully Prevention Video Package is now being used in over 3,400 schools representing over 2,250,000 students in all 50 states and beyond.  All teachers will receive Lizzie's anti-bullying video and resources free for joining the session!

Tuesday May 2, 2017
1:45 - 2:45 EDT


Top 10 Blended Learning Practices

In this webinar, you will learn 10 practical ideas you can immediately apply to successfully implement a blended learning model in your school. Get answers to questions such as, “Do classroom teachers have to be tech savvy to implement blended learning?,” “Our classroom teachers are digital natives. What more do they need to know?,” and “Is using a little bit of print and a little bit of digital really blended learning?” Find out more about using eBooks, online assessments, and interactive editions as tools for implementing a blended learning model in your K–12 ELA and Math.

Presented in partnership with: Sadlier
Tuesday May 2, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm


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Additional Resources

Pray and Practice with Purpose

A Playbook for the Spiritual Development of Athletes. This book equips athletes, coaches and teams with the resources to achieve success in spiritual formation. Through prayer and practice with purpose, sports and spirituality can become a valuable component of a team's culture and routine.

The Religion Teacher's Handbook

A primer on the Vocation of Teaching Catholic High School Religion. All Catholic school teachers are called to be evangelists and catechists. Religion teachers have a special duty to teach religion systematically in a classroom. This book is meant to be a handbook or guidebook with practical elements of teaching and sample lesson plans and projects.

No Children of a Lesser God

This book is a practical guide for any religious educator with a student facing challenges in school and in life. It also is for the student experiencing the everyday frustrations and fears of being identified as and feeling "different."

Meet the Professional Development Team