NCEA Hosts 10,000 Attendees at NCEA 2021

Participants attended from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Belize, Guam, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, Mexico and Japan.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) held NCEA 2021 from April 6 – 8. More than 10,000 Catholic school educators and leaders benefitted from the three-day event attending more than 150 sessions within 12 learning tracks.

NCEA Executive Director for Academic Excellence Jill Annable said, "NCEA is thrilled to offer such high-quality professional development to thousands of our members. Participants continue to sign in past the live event dates, to access sessions and content. This is a revolution in the way our teachers learn and continue to improve their practices in Catholic schools."

Conan O’Brien and Jeanie Gaffigan welcomed attendees. Six powerful keynote addresses were given by Father Mike Schmitz, Brother Guy Consolmagno, Gloria Purvis, Byron Pitts, Nancy Frey and NCEA Interim President/CEO Kathy Mears.

NCEA President/CEO Elect Lincoln Snyder addressed the 10,000 plus members thanking them for their ministry and urging them to take full advantage of NCEA 2021.

Live sessions presented by in-the-field experts offered participants the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the presenters. Those sessions coupled with more than 150 on-demand sessions meant all workshops were available to individuals at their own pace as well as entire schools which signed up for Watch Parties so all faculty and staff could participate as a community. All sessions are available to registered participants through July 8.

More than 60 sponsors and exhibitors contributed to contests and online competitions, donated participant registration fees and sponsored learning tracks. All attendees had an opportunity to see products and resources from exhibitors, set up meetings and have conversations with them in the virtual Exhibit Hall.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas, chairman of the NCEA Board of Directors, led prayers and a workshop. Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez, Bishop Thomas A. Daly, Bishop Mark J. Seitz helped round out each day greeting and praying with attendees. Following prayer each morning, the LLP Awards were announced recognizing the nine honorees representing pastors, principals and educators who exemplify the ministry of Catholic school education.

NCEA 2022 is already in the planning stages as a hybrid in-person gathering with a virtual component. The Archdiocese of New Orleans will be the host.

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