2018 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders (ICSL 2018)

The Deadline for submission of proposals was November 27, 2017. Thanks to the many individuals who submitted materials!

July 15-18, 2018
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The 2018 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders (ICSL 2018) 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. 

Topics include:

  • Spiritual and catechetical formation
  • Strategies for promoting the mission, vision and Catholic identity of your school
  • Financing the mission and marketing for mission/charism
  • The latest models for leadership formation/succession planning and governance/board development
  • Proven methods to improve teacher/principal evaluation and academic rigor/curriculum

Registration and Housing

Registration will open in spring of 2018. Also, stay tuned for further information on housing!


Target Audience

ICSL 2018 attracts Catholic school principals, assistant principals, presidents and pastors from around the country. 

Institute Sessions

ICSL 2018 will ultimately have 30 breakout sessions on topics such as promoting missions and Catholic identity, personal growth mindset, marketing strategies, enrollment management, successful sustainability and more. Proposals should be created with the target audience in mind and a clearly defined content focus area.

Eligibility for Submission

Potential speakers must be current or former leaders in Catholic education (e.g. President, Principal, Superintendent, Consultant, etc.), or affiliates. Preference will be given to current NCEA members.

Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements and submits a proposal is potentially eligible to present at ICSL 2018. Successful proposals discuss pressing and current issues in Catholic education. These presentations can be information, research-based, share best practices and/or provide resources.

Session Options

Format options for ICSL 2018 include breakout sessions, roundtable and panel discussions.  

Breakout Sessions 
are mostly lecture format with a brief discussion following.
Roundtable discussions are slightly more informal than other sessions.  They are usually limited to short, general commentaries that will stimulate exchange between the audience and the moderators. Issues and ideas related to the field of Catholic school leadership will be broadly stated.  Feedback and discourse is expected from those attending the session.  It is a medium to introduce ideas, explore thoughts and search for answers to problems.
Panel discussions are designed to explain or involve various speakers from different institutions looking at the same topic from various angles. They do not include several speakers from one institution speaking on the same topic. If that is the format of your presentation, it will not be considered a panel and should be proposed as a breakout session.

All sessions will be either 60 or 90 minutes in length. Although NCEA will make every effort to honor your requested format option, NCEA may recommend an alternate format in order to accept as many proposals as possible. In that instance, speakers will be notified via e-mail. 

Important Dates

Notifications of proposal status will be sent to all submitters in early January 2018.


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