Leadership Development

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA's Leadership Development team provides spiritual and professional development opportunities, networks of support, and resources to leaders of Catholic schools in arch/diocesan offices of Catholic school education, Catholic school systems, parishes, and the administrators who serve in Catholic schools.    

  • NCEA Consulting Services and Speakers Bureau

    Catholic education leaders are facing tough decisions about the future of their schools. Whether you are grappling with the strategic planning process, need to evaluate current programs or develop new initiatives, cultivate effective school boards, improve school culture, increase advancement efforts, institute staff evaluation and growth processes, access technology priorities or learn to use analytics to support student outcomes and increase student retention, we can help.

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Featured Resource

25 Lessons Learned in 25+ Years in Catholic School Development: THE WORKBOOK

This workbook is a companion to use along with the original text. It is filled with many questions, reflections, and action items with room to make notes. Will be an excellent resource to work with the teams, committees, boards, councils, and leadership groups in your Catholic school.

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Upcoming Events

Institute for Catholic School Leaders 2018

Registration will open soon! Check back soon for more information.


Much Better Staff and PD Meetings

April 23, 2018
4 or 7pm EDT

How do you make student work much more interesting, both for them and for you? We'll look at this in the context of simple video projects, including time to practice with Adobe Spark Video, which is perhaps the most user-friendly of all online video editing tools. If you've wanted your students to take their work to another level and think video might be the right tool to make it happen, then this session is for you! This session is geared toward classroom teachers. Participants will learn how to create simple videos for teaching and for a variety of student projects, as well as learn about opportunities to have students participate in free service and academic video contests.

Presented by Rushton Hurley


The Problem is Real: Facilities Matter

April 24, 2018
1 pm EDT

Are your school building and grounds concerns overlooked due to more pressing needs?

  • Has your school introduced new teaching and learning initiatives without adapting space?
  • Are you dealing with declining enrollment compounded by budget shortfalls?
  • Is your school safe and secure?

In order to be effective, the educational programs and needs of today’s schools require an increased level of specific building attributes and space adaptations. Renovations and upgrades should be planned improvements, not disruptive emergencies. And dollars spent on building improvements should advance the school’s educational goals and vision, and sustain them in the future. Join us to learn how you can use a step-by-step approach to jump-starting your school building improvements while ensuring that the financial support will be available to carry out the desired improvements.


They'll Never Go for It: The Underlying Effects of Mindset in Your School Community

April 26, 2018
1 or 4pm EDT

Growth Mindset has been a trendy term in regard to student outcomes for some time and the benefits are well documented, but what about organizational mindset?  Have you ever felt like ingrained attitudes inhibit innovation?  What are the conversations in your faculty lounge and parking lot?  How can we better live out our Catholic identity and mission through building a culture of hope and optimism?  What effects can this have on school culture, employee satisfaction and even financial viability?  Join us for this informational session to examine organizational growth mindset and how it influences every aspect of your school or diocese.


Additional Resources

Individualization – The Truly New Element of Personalized Learning

Personalized learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Are you ready for the brave new world of individualization?

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NCEA 2019 Call for Proposals

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