NCEA Webinars

NCEA webinars cover trending and need-to-know topics relevant to your career in Catholic education.  All participants will receive the recorded webinar and presentation files for reference and inclusion among other professional learning resources.   For inquiries regarding webinars, contact Andrea Kopp, Manager of Educational Resources at akopp@ncea.org.

Upcoming Webinars

Charism and Culture

Cultivating a distinct charism that transcends the school’s entire culture presents opportunities for contemporary Catholic schools to enhance their Catholic identity in an appealing and meaningful way for their local setting. Join author Dr. Timothy Cook for this webinar that explores how each Catholic school has a charism to be integrated throughout school culture and how it is also a spiritual asset to Catholic school vitality.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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Effective Communication in Difficult Situations: Transforming Tense Situations into Opportunities for Parent Partnerships

If you’ve ever had to deal with an over-bearing or difficult parent, this workshop will help you work effectively and efficiently together. I’ll provide specific strategies on how to handle the irate, unreasonable parent who storms into the office, frustrated and unwilling to listen, and begins bullying the school. If you're a teacher, counselor or principal, you know first-hand how difficult it can be to calm that parent down and get them to listen and behave like an adult. How do you communicate with the irrational parent, motivate him/her to work with the school in everyone's best interests? What shouldn't you say to an angry, bullying parent and why, and what should you say and do? What are the three tenets of credibility in communication and how do you apply those tenets to successfully win over even the most stubborn, challenging parent, inspire understanding, and most importantly, collaborate on viable solutions that you implement successfully together? I’ll show you how you can transform a tense situation with a parent into an opportunity to forge a productive, rewarding partnership that enriches the school, the student, and the student's family.

Presented by Jodee Blanco

Thursday February 23, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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Diving into Disciplinary Literacy: Keys to Deeper Learning Within All Subjects

The literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking improve when content learning experiences are rich and meaningful. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Johnna Weller will discuss three key points that provide:

  • An understanding of the facets of literacy within subject-specific learning
  • Insight into “disciplinary” critical thinking skills
  • Key instructional strategies that boost students’ literacy and critical thinking skills within content-area instruction

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Tuesday February 28, 2017
4:00pm EST

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Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), A Primer and Guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Education

Ensuring that eligible children with disabilities are able to participate equitably in programs authorized under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can seem daunting at times. However, with accurate information and the right tools, private school officials can feel confident that their eligible students are receiving the maximum benefits available under the Act. In this session, a U.S. Department of Education official will provide a general overview of the provisions related to children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private schools. Participants will gain skills in reading and interpreting Federal regulation, review the latest guidance, and receive official U.S. Department of Education resources and materials.

Presented in partnership with:
Wednesday March 1, 2017
4:00pm EST

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Why Do We Keep Talking About Data-Driven Instruction

Using assessment data to drive instruction isn’t as difficult as you think. Schools that implement data-driven instruction see significant gains in student learning. Teachers who use data-driven instruction are highly effective. Yet, schools still struggle with effectively implementing this approach. In this session, you will learn an easy-to-implement method for enhancing instruction to increase student achievement.

Presented in partnership with:

Tuesday March 2, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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Effective Strategies for Implementing STEM Into the Catholic Curriculum

Join us for a lively overview of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and how it may be best implemented into the Catholic curriculum. Various strategies that can be used to "make time" for STEM will be reviewed, providing you with effective ways to support a range of STEM initiatives.

Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of STEM and its integration across subjects.
  • Learn successful strategies for implementing STEM.
  • Incorporate STEM ideas that align with the Catholic curriculum.

Presented in Partnership with:

Tuesday March 7, 2017
4:00pm EST 

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Echoes and Reflections: Leaders in Holocaust Education

This webinar will provide a brief introduction to the Echoes and Reflections Teacher‘s Resource Guide and companion website. The program helps educators teach about the Holocaust by providing a wealth of primary and secondary source materials, including visual history testimony, and approaches that engage students in tackling the difficulty of this complex topic. Additionally, an overview of the Bearing Witness™ Program will be provided.

Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify the structure of the Echoes and Reflections Teacher’s Resource Guide.
  • Recognize 1-2 activities that can be included in classroom instruction.
  • Explain the importance of utilizing visual history testimony.

Presented in partnership with: 
Thursday March 9, 2017
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Creating the Written Strategic Plan for Development/Advancement

Many Catholic schools have seen the value of having a Long-Range Plan in place in order to guide the school into the future for the next five years or more. Sometimes these plans are developed and created through accreditation processes or through diocesan-directed initiatives or through the school launching into their own strategic planning process. However, many Catholic schools would be greatly served if they developed a specific plan for their development/advancement efforts. This webinar presentation will explain the value, the process, and the implementation in creating your Written Strategic Plan for Development/Advancement through the meaningful involvement of many people in your Catholic school. Step by step, each attendee will learn how to create their own plan of action.

Presented by: Frank Donaldson

Tuesday March, 14, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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School Law Update Spring 2017

Sr. Dale McDonald, Director of Public Policy for NCEA will give an update on current issues in school law.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
4:00pm EST

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IFG/ACRE: Evaluating Your Religious Education Program

This webinar will provide an overview of how the Information for Growth: Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education can be used as an integrated assessment tool providing faith knowledge questions and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and perceptions.

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Thursday March 16, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm

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Faculty Faith Formation: The Servant Leader

Jim Pavlacka, NCEA Director of Leadership Development, and Dr. Pamela Bernards, NCEA Director of Professional Development, will be co-presenting their best practices for planning and leading faculty faith formation and sharing their experiences in developing a series of retreats reflecting on the concept of servant leadership.

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Wednesday March 22, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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Essentials of Core Reading Instruction in Primary Grades

How do I meet the needs of readers who are not responding to Tier 1 instruction?  This webinar will model, show and tell how to administer reading assessments, analyze the information from the assessments, and then plan instruction and intervention in the regular classroom.

Presented by: Michelle Lia

Thursday March 23, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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Defining Assessment Literacy

Assessment literacy has many definitions, and is sometimes confused with data literacy. What is the difference between the two terms? What knowledge or skills do educators need to be assessment literate? How do leaders support staff in deepening assessment literacy skills?

Learning Targets

  • Describe attributes of an assessment-literate educator
  • Reflect on key skills educators need to build assessment literacy
  • Identify structures to support assessment literacy

Presented in partnership with:
Thursday March 30, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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21st Century Evangelization: Igniting the Catholic Imagination of the School Community

Pope Francis continually invites us to seek innovative ways to infuse our church and school communities with the joy of the Gospel as revealed in the Sacred Teachings and Traditions of the Catholic Church. Our Catholic schools are called to present this joyful message in a relevant, accessible and integrated manner. Due to the complexities of our 21st century world, including rapid technological advancement, changing family dynamics and competing socio-religious ideologies, nurturing the faith of our school communities requires an ongoing commitment to fostering the Catholic imagination of the young. The very heart of this imagination is a sacramental vision of life – an ability to see depth, possibility and the eternal in both the ordinary and extraordinary. Catholic schools must be communities of faith where the young are encouraged to develop a sacramental vision of life. This goal can be accomplished by implementing programs and lesson planning that bridge the cognitive and experiential realms of faith development and learning. This particular webinar will focus on practical ways to capture the sacramental imagination of students through authentic religious instruction, cross-curricular learning and virtue development. During the webinar, administrators and teachers will garner a variety of programmatic and pedagogical practices that have proven effective in igniting the Catholic imagination of the school community.

Presented in partnership with: 

Tuesday April 4, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST

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Responsive Classroom

How do teachers use data (evidence of learning) to build lessons that allow them to be responsive to student feedback received during the lesson? Walk through the components of Responsive Lesson Planning as an unfolding process of collecting evidence of learning (student feedback), considering choice possibilities and the implications, then relating the choice to practical adjustment decisions. Explore instructional strategies to support your responsive instruction.

Learning Targets

  • Identify components of responsive instruction based on student feedback
  • Identify instructional strategies to integrate into responsive instruction

Presented in partnership with:

Thursday April 6, 2014
4:00pm or 7:00pm

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