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.

  • Catechists as Missionary Disciples

    Explore the call of the catechist to be a missionary disciple. For the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter, NCCL, NFCYM, NCEA, and CRS will accompany catechists in unpacking Catholic Social Teaching and its direct link to the Baptismal call of missionary discipleship. Each session will be offered prior to the liturgical season listed to equip participants with tools and resources for the upcoming weeks to be used for personal and communal reflection.

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  • 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.

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  • Pope Francis Launches Global Campaign in Support of Migrants and Refugees

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling US to participate in a Week of Prayer and Action, October 7-13, 2017. A toolkit for leaders is available on the campaign website It includes stories, prayers and other resources to help your community participate in this historic campaign.

Sports and Faith

"Sports and Faith" was contributed by Christopher Cosentino, president of St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Maryland. Join him live on October 19th at 4 PM or 7 PM EDT where he will offer strategies and resources during his presentation, "Soul of Youth Sports: The Coachable Athlete."

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Upcoming Events

NCEA 2018 Registration Now Open!

NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo will take place April 3 -5 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH and is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation, held in fellowship with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  NCEA invites you to join us for this one-of-a-kind event that brings together Catholic and other religious educators from across the United States, Canada and other countries to exchange ideas and debut cutting-edge research and technologies related to education.

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Strong Catholic Families: New Paradigms in Play

October 17, 2017

Sacramental ministry calls for faith leaders to be committed to a formation and transformation that leads to living out the sacraments within the family and the faith community. This session will reveal successes and new methods and possibilities for embracing the fullness of sacramental living through vibrant sacramental ministry.

Register - 2 PM EDT

What STEM is and What it Isn’t

October 18, 2017

STEM provides a wonderful opportunity to organize and integrate a significant part of the curriculum. The multi-year and cross-disciplinary nature of STEM makes it ideal for spiraling the curriculum from grade to grade, increasing depth and understanding along the way.

Register - 4 PM EDT   Register - 7 PM EDT

Additional Resources

First Encounters With Race and Racism: Teaching Ideas for Classroom Conversations

The lesson plan, “First Encounters With Race and Racism: Teaching Ideas for Classroom Conversations,” offers teachers tips on how to strike up a conversation with students about their first encounter with race and racism and turn it into a classroom discussion. The article features links to ADL educational materials on our web site.

Diocese of Owensboro Releases New Science Standards Embedded with Catholic Identity

"By engaging science, scripture, the Catholic tradition and Catholic social teaching in interactive and supportive relationships we can better assist our students in reflecting deeply and critically about scientific information related to everyday life and cultivate in them an informed conscience regarding the many pressing issues and problems of our world. Using both science and religion, we can help our students to make links among engineering, technology, science, and society and bring them to bear upon the common good in ways that uphold the life and dignity of the human person." - Ann Flaherty & Dr. Emily DeMoor

Educational and Pastoral Resources to Support Refugees and Migrants

In collaboration with the annual celebration of Respect Life Month in October, the bishops in the U.S. are asking Catholics around the country to help kick off the campaign by taking part in a week of prayer and action for migrants and refugees from October 7-13.

Meet the Professional Development Team

Who Are Exceptional Learners
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NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo

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NCEA 2018 Awards

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