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.


  • Seton Awards and Philanthropy Symposium

    Seton honorees are recognized at the NCEA Seton Gala, which raises funds to support NCEA’s mission and programs. NCEA also hosts a symposium during the day of the Seton Gala that focuses on sharing best practice and discussions about philanthropy programs for Catholic schools.

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  • Oneday Against Hate

    On October 1, 2018, we’ll come together in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, houses of worship, and communities to hold conversations of understanding, personal interactions that help us understand each other’s different life experiences and build bridges to deeper, more human connections.

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  • Webinars Starting September 5

    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.

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Religious Education Assessments

We are excited to announce that as of June 30, 2018, NCEA’s ACRE/IFG is being hosted on a new and improved platform built by My Catholic Faith Technologies. You may order assessment materials from My Catholic Faith Technologies for the next school year (2018-2019) by clicking on "More Information" below.

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Upcoming Events

#WeAreOneDay

HOW DO WE FIGHT HATE? WITH UNDERSTANDING. We live in uncharted times. With hate emboldened and on the rise in our everyday lives, what can we do to turn the tide on hate, bigotry, and bias? We can try to understand each other better. On October 1, 2018, we'll come together in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, houses of worship, and communities to hold conversations of understanding, personal interactions that help us understand each other’s different life experiences and build bridges to deeper, more human connections. Join us in fighting hate through understanding.

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Seton Awards & Philanthropy Symposium

Seton honorees are recognized at the NCEA Seton Gala, which raises funds to support NCEA’s mission and programs. NCEA also hosts a symposium during the day of the Seton Gala that focuses on sharing best practice and discussions about philanthropy programs for Catholic schools.

More Information


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 Chavez-Kopp, Assistant Director for Educational and Formation Programs at akopp@ncea.org.

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Additional Resources

Hugs N' Hope Bear Raises Awareness for Keeping Children in Safe Families

Changing the Way We Care and Build-A-Bear are joining forces to keep children in loving homes. To raise awareness, Build-A-Bear designed a special bear called the Hugs N' Hope bear. You can help by hosting a Build-A-Bear party and build the Hugs N' Hope bear, which can be donated to a vulnerable child or kept as a reminder of your action. Five dollars from each bear built at the Hugs N' Hope parties will be donated to Changing the Way We Care. Sign up to host a party and follow these instructions: From the Build-A-Party main page > Let Us Help You (purple bar) > Build-A-Party > Book Your Party. At the end of the checkout process under “Party Details,” you will see various options of bears to choose from. Please check “Hugs ‘N Hope Bear” and continue to checkout.

National Dialogue

A national collaborative effort has begin between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, and the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (LaRed) to engage the church in a National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults with the intent to renew our ministry efforts with these members of our faith community. The vision of this initiative is an energized and unified Church committed to forming and engaging youth and young adults as missionary disciples.

Pre-Synod Document

"The young person of today is met with a host of external and internal challenges and opportunities, many of which are specific to their individual contexts and some of which are shared across continents. In light of this, it is necessary for the Church to examine the way in which it thinks about and engages with young people in order to be an effective, relevant and life-giving guide throughout their lives."

Assessment White Paper: Comprehensive Assessment Programs

Now more than ever, Catholic school thought leaders recognize the need to address the challenges facing Catholic schools. One of the biggest challenges is declining enrollment. In the United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schoosl 2017-2018: The Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing, McDonald and Schultz reported that “Overall, the national enrollment decline since 2008 has been greater than 435,000, a 19.2% loss of the student population” and the decrease in number of schools is 1,026 or 14%.”

Meet the Professional Development Team

Who Are Exceptional Learners
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