NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit (CLS) 2020 is an opportunity to be inspired by content experts and thought leaders at the forefront of transformational and spiritual leadership in Catholic schools. If you're an (arch)diocesan leader or Catholic K-12/higher education school leader, this is the professional learning and collaboration event tailor-made for you.


Taking place virtually for the first time over four days—September 28-29, 2020 and October 20-21, 2020—CLS 2020 will empower you as a Catholic school leader to connect with and learn from other leaders around the country and gather cutting-edge insight and actionable strategies.

Our keynotes, breakout sessions, opportunities to gather in prayer and solidarity and professional learning groups are rooted in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS) so that you can lead change and transformation in your communities and organizations.

Schedule at a Glance

Time (Eastern) September 28 - Leadership & Governance  September 29 - Academic Excellence  October 20 - Catholic Identity  October 21 - Operational Vitality 
11 - 11:20 AM  Welcome & Opening Prayer: Bishop Gerald Kicanas and Cardinal Joseph Tobin Welcome & Opening Prayer (11:30 AM): Kathy Mears and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
Welcome & Opening Prayer  Welcome & Opening Prayer 
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM  Keynote Session: Howard Fuller
Keynote Session (12 PM): Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D. Keynote Session  Keynote Session 
12:15 - 1 PM  Break    Break  Break 
1 - 2:15 PM  Focus and Breakout Sessions: Brandi Odom-Lucas (School Leaders); Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey (System Leaders); Andrew Miller, Melodie Wyttenbach, John Reyes (Higher-Ed/Others) Focus and Breakout Sessions: Jennifer Beltramo (System Leaders); Hedi Belkaoui, Phyllis Cavallone, Hal Schwartz (School Leaders); Lauren Casella (Higher-Ed/Others) Breakout Sessions  Breakout Sessions 
2:15 - 2:30 PM  Break  Break  Break  Break 
2:30 - 3:30 PM  Professional Learning Groups  Professional Learning Groups  Professional Learning Groups  Professional Learning Groups 
  On-Demand session topics include: crisis management, school culture and educational pluralism, increasing equity in Catholic schools and impact of SCOTUS cases on Catholic schools On-Demand session topics include: blended learning, social-emotional learning, microcredentialing, learning walks, effective professional development, evidence-based improvement and responding to student needs post-COVID On-Demand sessions available  On-Demand sessions available 


Focus and Breakout Sessions

The focus and breakout sessions for CLS 2020 are a great way to approach the four NSBECS domains, whether you're a school leader, a system leader or in higher-ed. John Reyes' video provides more about what's new for this year's CLS.


Diocesan Leaders Professional Learning Groups (PLG)

As a new diocesan leader, building a network of support around the country is key to your success. By participating in NCEA's New Diocesan Leaders PLG, you will learn key aspects of your new role in the context of collaboration and problem solving with colleagues from around the country. Each session will present content relevant to your new role (diocesan culture, working with your bishop, building support from principals) and provide an opportunity for you to share your successes and challenges with a cohort of colleagues. All meetings will be via Zoom so you can build a national network while staying in your own diocese. Watch Kevin Baxter's video to hear some key points about the PLGs.


Keynote Speakers

NCEA is so excited to have four great keynote speakers to inspire and set the tone for each day of CLS. Our keynote speakers are respected thought and practice leaders in each of the four domains of the NSBECS. 

  • Governance and Leadership: Howard Fuller - Author, Speaker, Civil Rights Activist
  • Operational Vitality: Betsy Bohlen - Chief Operating Officer, Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Academic Excellence: Marie Lynn Miranda - Provost, University of Notre Dame
  • Mission and Catholic Identity: Wilton Gregory - Archbishop, Archdiocese of Washington

Watch Kathy Mears' video for a brief description of the dynamic keynote speakers and prayer leaders we have been blessed with for CLS 2020!



Early Bird Member Rate - August 13 - September 8, 2020 Standard Member Rate - September 9 - 28, 2020   
$250 $300

For non-member rates, please contact Kevin Baxter.



Title II funds may be used for this professional development event. The event is 75% non-ideological/secular and 25% religious in nature. Please find the attached justification letter to help you request your Title II funds.


Have questions or suggestions regarding CLS? Please let us know!



Kevin Baxter
Chief Innovation Officer