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.    

  • Working With Catholic Media: How to Get Your Story Told

    On-Demand Webinar: Working with the media to get your story told doesn’t have to be as daunting as some might think.

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  • Best Practices for Catholic Schools: Faith Formation and Parish Partnerships

    Strengthening the faith of students is the goal of every diocese and Catholic school. Challenges exist when you look to find effective means, time and resources to move from theory to reality.

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  • 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders

    The 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders (ICSL 2017) is an annual leadership gathering dedicated to serving current and aspiring elementary and secondary principals, presidents, pastors and school board leaders working on behalf of Catholic schools.

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Featured Resource

School Handbooks: Legal Considerations

Handbooks continue to be an indispensable aid in the realization of the Catholic school's mission and ministry. This revised edition helps administrators understand that it is no longer sufficient to be able to defend what one has done; now one must give reasons for policies and procedures before actions are taken.

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Upcoming Events

2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders

The 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders is the foremost annual gathering dedicated to serving current elementary and secondary principals, presidents, pastors and school board leadership in Catholic schools. ICSL 2017 is an excellent opportunity for professional development in the preparation of the next generation of leaders in these positions desiring to serve in Catholic schools.

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. In addition to outstanding keynote and general sessions, and opportunities for leaders to network with each other, we are offering sessions in four leadership tracks at the Catholic Leadership Summit.


Please check back soon for upcoming webinars, or visit the NCEA Webinar Archive for previously aired webinars.

Additional Resources

Legal Issues for Catholic School Leaders: Navigating the Choppy Waters According to the Gospel

Issues such as cyber bullying, suicidal ideation fostered by the Internet and Facebook, transgender decisions, same sex marriage, loyalty oaths, and more cause administrators to wonder where they will find the time to address academic excellence and most importantly, Gospel values.  Learn more

Rhetoric and Reality: Developing a Mind for the Mission

The lofty aspirations of the mission become incarnated in real projects affecting real people in positive ways. And, now, your story can be told. Read more

Meet the Leadership Team

Tips for Leading Retreats
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NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo

Save the date! NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo in Cincinnati, April 3–5.


2017 Summer PD

Resources to keep you learning, growing and evolving as a Catholic educator in 2017.



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