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.

  • 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.

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  • National Ministry Network for Catholic High School Campus Ministers and Religion Teachers

    NFCYM and NCEA are partnering together to pilot a national Ministry Network specifically for Catholic high school campus ministers and religion teachers. The first national online networking gathering will be held on Monday, September 25 at 7 pm EDT to discuss the theme of: Planning Prayer and Liturgy Events in the Catholic School Setting.  To Join this Ministry Network Google Group, please e-mail with the subject line "Add Me to the Network" and your name, school and e-mail address in the content body of the e-mail.  The moderators will then add you to the shared Google drive and Google groups page.  This will give you access to all the documents and allow resources to be shared with each other or Join Live on 9/25 at 7pm EDT.

Student to Student: A Catholic School Response for Hurricane Relief 2017

Our hearts and prayers are with Catholic schools and all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In keeping with our mission to serve others, we have been in touch with diocesan leaders in the affected storm areas to determine their needs. In addition, we have heard from others asking how they can help.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is answering this question by launching a campaign asking every Catholic school family around the country to contribute at least $1 per student to help Catholic schools impacted by the storms to rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students. "Student to Student: A Catholic School Response for Hurricane Relief 2017" is a powerful opportunity to engage students in living the Gospel message of compassionate service and generosity to others.

Through this initiative, NCEA is asking for contributions from students and families enrolled in all Catholic schools to assist their peers. But we can only do this with your help.

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Upcoming Events

NCEA Virtual Edcamp September 9th

Join Catholic school educators around the country for this FREE online professional development event. We will connect using Voxer to discuss and share ideas on the topics YOU choose. Take this survey to tell us what you would like to learn about. Mark your calendar for Saturday September 9th from 10-12:30 and build your professional learning network.

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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

Resources for Teaching about Racism and Bias in Response to Charlottesville

A curation of resources and lesson plans related to anti-bias education.

Teaching About 9/11 When Students Don't Remember

The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers a diverse set of inquiry-based programs designed to challenge students to think critically about a wide range of topics related to the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington D.C.

Resources for Teaching about Hurricanes

A curation of fact sheets and resources created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Meet the Professional Development Team

Who Are Exceptional Learners
(Adobe PDF File)

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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