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.

  • 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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  • Join the 1st Annual NCEA Virtual Edcamp!

    Ready to get energized with new ideas and expand your professional learning networks? Join the National Catholic Educational Association in its first-ever NCEA Virtual Edcamp. This event is free and open to all. To join, please take this quick survey to inform us of your interest and what you would like to learn! #EdCampsNCEA will take place on Saturday, September 9 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM EDT.

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  • Living as Missionary Disciples

    This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 17, 2017. The 2017 theme will be "Living as Missionary Disciples." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

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Solar Eclipse Teacher Toolkit 

Looking for tools and tips on teaching about the upcoming solar eclipse?  PBS Learning media is offering a wide array of free classroom resources on this topic. Follow #TeachEclipse2017 on social media to find or share resources.  

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Upcoming Events

NCEA Virtual Edcamp September 9th

Join Catholic school educators around the country in this FREE online professional development event. We will connect using Voxer to discuss and share ideas on the topics YOU choose. Take this survey to tell us what you would like to learn about. Mark your calendar for Saturday September 9th from 10-12:30 and build your professional learning network.
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The Final Cry for Help: Bullying Related Suicides and Other Acts of Desperation 
August 29, 2017
4pm & 7pm

What are the warning signs a student may be suicidal? When and how should you intervene? What is the typical profile of the bullied student and why are certain bullied students more vulnerable to suicide than others? What is the biggest mistake that some adults make when dealing with bullying that can often lead to bullying related suicide? What about bullies taking their own lives? How you do you identify the bullies in your classroom that are not only dangerous to others, but to themselves? When is bullying a cry for help and how do you answer that cry before any child dies, be it the bully, the victim or the bystander? Survivor, author and activist Jodee Blanco will answer these questions and more. She will take you inside the heart and mind of the troubled student and give you a guided tour of their hopes and fears. She will provide simple, practical intervention techniques, scripted verbiage, crisis management strategies, and other tools to avert despair and prevent tragedy. 


Practice and the Game: Using Sports Language to Teach the USCCB Curriculum Framework 

 September 6, 2017
4pm or 7pm EST

This webinar is for high school theology teachers who are interested in activities to engage adolescents in the USCCB Curriculum Framework using sports language. Bloom’s Taxonomy, Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages of Development, and Media Literacy will be emphasized in conjunction with course one and two of the curriculum framework. 

The State of Catholic Education 

September 12, 2017
4pm EST

Join the National Catholic Educational Association for an overview of the current state of Catholic school education and learn about highlights from NCEA’s Annual Statistical Report from the 2016-2017 academic year. Gain a national perspective on issues related to Catholic education and take advantage of this unique opportunity for Q&A with NCEA President/CEO, Dr. Thomas Burnford.


Getting Started with Makerspace!

September 14, 2017
4pm or 7pm EST

Makerspaces are the 21st century classroom. They can be designed to accommodate any learning style, ability, or age group. Being able to gear your school’s makerspace to a specific age group will allow the students to get the most out of the space. When kids go to the makerspace to learn, they aren’t just going through a drill and practice lesson that is seen too often in the classroom, they are using the hands to build, create, and imagine things never possible in a traditional classroom.


Smarter Assessment: How to Assess for Careers that Don't Exist Yet

September 27, 2017
4pm & 7pm

We hear it over and over again- we are preparing students for jobs that don't even exist yet, therefore we have to change the way we teach. If we change the way we think about teaching, shouldn't we change the way we think about assessment? Should we be asking the same questions we always have? Why can't students use Google- or even Twitter or Wikipedia- to find answers? This webinar will focus how and why we create assessments in 2017. We will examine the end goal of assessment and the nuances of academic integrity as assessment increasingly moves online. 


Additional Resources

500 Plus Ways to Teach Prayer for Students of All Ages

Teachers of all grade levels from preschool grades through high school will find this book a treasure trove of ideas on how to teach prayer, how to best pray, and obstacles to prayer.

Flip Flops are STILL Not an Option!

This second edition of one of NCEA's most popular publications provides updates and additional insights for enhancing the professionalism of all Catholic educators.

Pray and Practice with Purpose

A Playbook for the Spiritual Development of Athletes. This book equips athletes, coaches and teams with the resources to achieve success in spiritual formation. Through prayer and practice with purpose, sports and spirituality can become a valuable component of a team's culture and routine.

Meet the Professional Development Team

Who Are Exceptional Learners
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NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo

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


Seton Awards & Gala

The NCEA Seton Award is named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching.



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