Professional Development

High-quality professional development creates a space for NCEA members to share ideas and collaborate in their learning.

NCEA 2023

NCEA 2023 will take place April 11-13 in Dallas/Irving, TX and is one of the largest private-education association gatherings in the nation, held in fellowship with the Diocese of Dallas. 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.

 

NCEA Webinars

NCEA webinars cover trending and need-to-know topics relevant to your career in Catholic education.

Upcoming Webinars

Grow What You Measure: Maximizing Your Religious Instruction with NCEA Rise - Tuesday, December 13 at 1 PM ET
John Galvan, NCEA Vice President of Assessments, is excited to share an in-depth summary of NCEA Rise. To meet our Catholic communities’ need to measure, NCEA is committed to the continued advancement of the IFG and ACRE assessments as part of NCEA Rise. At its core, NCEA Rise assists in the evaluation of catechetical/religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes across the country. Learn and go over useful resources, with time to ask questions. Join us!

Learning About Catholic School Students' Post-Pandemic Academic Performance - Thursday, December 15 at 1 PM ET
Join Bill Ward from the National Center for Education Statistics and Mike Fassbach from the NAEP Support and Service Center at Westat to learn about Catholic school students' post-pandemic academic performance. Bill and Mike will present results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2022 assessments comparing Catholic school and public school student performance in fourth and eighth grade mathematics and reading.

On Demand Webinars

Advent-ures with Technology: Seamlessly Integrate Technology into the Advent Season - On Demand
Join Stefanie Horgan and Kayla Dellinger as they share new and innovative ways for making the Advent season come alive. The use of green screens for writing prompts, hyper-docs, interactive Advent calendars, and STEM activities are just a few of the lesson ideas that will be provided. Sponsored by Archangel Education + Technology.

Greatest Hits Collection: Events, Resources and Activities for Teaching Young People SEL Skills - On Demand
Join school counselor Christine Gibson for a webinar in which she will share her “Greatest Hits Collection,” the events, resources and activities that have proven most successful in teaching young people the social and emotional learning skills that they need. This webinar is intended for counselors in grades K-12 with a little something for everyone! Come with a list of your own “Greatest Hits” to share with your colleagues from around the country.

Engaging Sacred Music Repertoire for All Feasts and Seasons - On Demand
One of the most significant keys to a successful youth choral program is the programming of repertoire that is both profound and engaging. Re-energize your children's choirs with exciting repertoire ideas for Feast days, concert programs, and school/parish events. Esteemed music educator Suzanne Fleming-Atwood will present an essential repertoire list of works for both choir and classroom which follows the liturgical calendar, and she will detail innovative ways to incorporate these pieces into your classroom and rehearsals.

E-Rate Is for Everyone! - On Demand
Join this webinar to learn how to obtain significant discounts for affordable broadband internet access and telecommunications services for every classroom. The E-Rate program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission. Participants will become familiar with the steps to complete the E-Rate application process successfully. Time will be provided for Q&As. (NSBEC Standard 10, Operational Vitality)

Help Session for Pastors with a Catholic School - On Demand
In this webinar, a panel of veteran pastors will discuss the big picture for working with a Catholic school. The panelists will cover how to manage a Catholic school effectively, with topics including school personnel, faculty faith formation and financial issues. Panelists will also discuss the annual workshop for school pastors. If you are a priest with a Catholic school, or a school administrator supporting a priest in his engagement with a Catholic school, don’t miss this webinar hosted by Father Peter Stravinskas, president of the Catholic Education Foundation and NCEA President/CEO Lincoln Snyder, with a special greeting from Bishop Thomas Daly, Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee of Catholic Education!

Working as a Priest in a Catholic High School - On Demand
In this webinar, a panel of priests will discuss working in a Catholic high school. Our panelists will discuss the priests’ roles, including administrators, chaplains and teachers; interfacing with administration; and practical advice for supporting faculty formation and Catholic identity. A particular invitation will be given to join the newly formed association for high school priests. If you are a priest with a Catholic school, or a school administrator supporting a priest in his engagement with a Catholic school, don’t miss this webinar hosted by Father Peter Stravinskas, president of the Catholic Education Foundation and NCEA President/CEO Lincoln Snyder, with a special greeting from Bishop Thomas Daly, Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee of Catholic Education!

Earn Maximum Federal Education Benefits - Federal Funding - On Demand
This is the first of a webinar series on federal funding. Learn how to effectively access all available services and benefits under the federal programs offered in Titles I-A, II-A, III-A and IV-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Get tips for conducting successful consultation procedures and navigating the process. Time will be allotted for questions and answers! (NSBEC Standard 10, Operational Vitality).

Tips for a Successful Discover Catholic Schools Week - On Demand
Discover Catholic Schools Week from November 13-19, 2022 is fast approaching. Join NCEA for tips and tricks to connect with prospective families, donors, educators and other community members during Discover Catholic Schools Week. We will also share our marketing kit which will help you showcase what makes your school the best!

How to Foster a School Community Focused on Emotional Well-Being - On Demand
You and other counselors from across the country will gather for a brief LIVE webinar: How to Foster a School Community Focused on Emotional Well-Being followed by an opportunity to network with others. Want to see more events like this? Let us know. Attend the session and complete the follow-up survey with suggestions for future counseling topics, speakers and events. If your school counselor isn’t on your NCEA Membership Roster, please update it today! Send roster information or become a member by contacting services@ncea.org.

Ensuring Wise Financial Stewardship in Schools - On Demand
Cory Miller and Frank Clement of America's Christian Credit Union will discuss how a combination of wise financial stewardship and forward-looking design in schools can help to deliver results for generations to come.

What Does the Data Say? - On Demand
The NCEA Catholic School Leader Network presents the second webinar in a series on enrollment. Learn what trends in enrollment and parent perceptions mean for marketing and recruiting at your school. Join Annie Smith, VP of Research and Data at NCEA, for a brief presentation followed by questions and answers and the opportunity to network with other Catholic school and system leaders across the country. Registration is complimentary to all NCEA members.

Five Strategies to Boost Enrollment Today - On Demand
The NCEA Catholic School Leader Network presents an opening webinar on enrollment. Learn five strategies you can do today to increase student enrollment at your school or in your diocese, even if the year has started. Join Robin Parrish and Tracy Smith for a brief presentation followed by questions and answers and the opportunity to network with other Catholic school and system leaders across the country. This session is part one of more to come. Registration is complimentary to all NCEA members. Want to see more events like this? Let us know. Attend the session and complete the follow-up survey with suggestions for future enrollment topics, speakers and events.

How to Help Students Deal with Stress and Distress - On Demand
Stress is a common feature of a student's experience; from preparing for exams and transitioning to new school environments, to thinking of larger goals after graduation. In most cases, students are able to cope with their stress but above certain levels, stress can lead to distress, which can significantly impact academic outcomes, social relationships and self-perceptions.

Aside from cursory overviews, there have been few options for educators who want to understand and help students who struggle with distress. It is from these struggles that this webinar was created; to provide detailed, highly accessible and practical solutions that help educators understand why distress occurs, how distress impacts students differently and what educators can do when they observe a student in distress. The webinar will incorporate multimedia and handouts so that educators have tools to use for students after the webinar.

The webinar is designed for educators of all types, including classroom teachers, school-based mental health professionals, and administrators. Sponsored by Terrace Metrics.

Science of Reading: What It Looks and Sounds Like in a Classroom - On Demand
Disruptions brought on by the pandemic have had a negative impact on young readers—with many struggling to meet literacy goals. How can we support early learners and build strong, confident readers in the wake of interrupted learning? This instruction-focused presentation will provide evidence-based tips for supporting early readers, with additional guidance for addressing unfinished learning and helping students get back on track. Sponsored by NWEA.

Equity & Text Complexity: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever! - On Demand
Current research on our literacy crisis suggests educators need to rethink instructional and assessment practices. How should early childhood educators implement equitable practices to close reading gaps? The New Teacher Project (2018) published a study, The Opportunity Myth, in which researchers examined class expectations and student outcomes. The study highlighted the inequity issue and further suggests students need opportunities to successfully engage with complex, grade-level text. Some practitioners argue students will become frustrated trying to read text above their instructional reading level, and research suggests otherwise. Dr. Kulich will discuss the science of reading, data, scaffolding, and evidence-based fluency instruction. Attendees will review national reading data, understand how the science of reading aligns with equitable reading practices, and how to develop reading fluency skills. Sponsored by NWEA.

Transformative Events for Donors - On Demand
Join us for a LIVE webinar with Rhen Hoehn from Petrus Development sharing his tips and tricks for hosting transformative events for current and potential donors. Even if you are unable to attend live, you will still receive a recording of the discussion to watch at your convenience if you submit your registration! If you've ever felt that your events lose energy or could be more focused, here you can find out how to pep things up. This webinar will look at the purpose behind our donor events, how people connect with one another and how to design events in a way that encourages better human connections. Sponsored by Petrus Development.

I Am For You: Leading and Supporting Others Through Understanding, Empathy and Action - On Demand
We all want to surround ourselves with good people. We crave positive, supportive and energetic individuals to speak truth and life into our souls. And with the bulk of our days spent at work, we especially need positive relationships with our co-workers and educator peers. Together we can learn to lead and support each other through understanding, empathy, and action. Let’s be honest, the last two years have been a doozy; we need each other to lean on and help us navigate through the heaviness and everyday challenges life throws at us. Join Friendzy Co-founder Julie Widman and Senior Director Holly Winchell as they discuss how the Apostle Paul and Timothy's relationship can be used as a roadmap for meaningful connection with our co-workers and friends. Sponsored by Friendzy.

Building a Flourishing Catholic School Music Program - On Demand
Of all the items in a parochial school music teacher's job description, the school Mass is often given short shrift, with more attention used for daily lesson plans and concert or musical preparation. In a paradigm shift, presenter Bruce Ludwick offers creative suggestions about how to prioritize the Sacred Liturgy and use it to further your efforts to teach vocal, choral and musical education. The benefits to your music program, your school and the lives of your students are eternal! Sponsored by American Federation Pueri Cantores.

Growing Your Advancement Efforts and Marketing to Boost Enrollment - On Demand
We have been listening and understand that you need many more hours in a day. Especially since the pandemic, principals are stretched like never before, covering classes and many additional duties. OSV is here to help you. Join us for lunch and learn how we can help you facilitate your Annual Fund, Marketing and Enrollment efforts and help build on your foundation of Catholic Identity. We know that there are many details required to make sure an Annual Fund, school marketing and enrollment efforts are successful. We will walk through concrete examples of how we can make this a seamless process for you. Our religion curriculum, Alive in Christ, is designed to help you continue to build a strong Catholic identity in your school. We will share some examples of how this extends beyond the religion classroom. If your school is ready to focus on any or all these areas, OSV is here to help you! Sponsored by OSV.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask - On Demand
Join us for a LIVE webinar with Sarah Rose from Petrus Development sharing her tips and tricks for asking for donations. Even if you are unable to attend live, you will still receive a recording of the discussion to watch at your convenience if you submit your registration! In this webinar, we'll address common struggles with asking donors, and how to overcome the fear of asking for money! Sponsored by Petrus Development.

Building Belonging in the Classroom - On Demand
Belonging is a central message of Christ and key to addressing this mental health crisis many of our students are experiencing. Join Friendzy co-founders Joy Roberts and Julie Widman as they discuss practical tools that will equip educators and students alike in cultivating a sense of belonging, even in the midst of tension, trauma and disagreement. This session is the perfect primer to Friendzy's upcoming professional development session at NCEA 2022 called "Bouncing Back: Resilience through times of Trauma and Stress," which will take place on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:45 CDT in the Magazine Room of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Sponsored by Friendzy.

Fostering Lifelong Discipleship in the Classroom by Integrating Stewardship - On Demand
Stewardship is a lifelong journey as we fulfill our call to discipleship. As educators, we strive to instill the foundations of our faith in our children. We want to give them the tools they need to be successful disciples throughout their lives. The concepts of stewardship and discipleship can be awakened in the classroom through curriculum, activities, events, prayer and more. We will focus mainly on what is stewardship, how we can integrate the message more into the classroom and how our school can practice good stewardship through our giving, our actions and our prayer. We will discuss some ideas of how to incorporate other concepts of good stewardship such as stewardship of the environment and community service.

Collecting and Analyzing Data To Increase Enrollment - On Demand
You can never have enough data, but you can have too much (and not know what to do with it). Collecting data is amazing, but how do you use it to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, grow enrollment, forge relationships and help you earn more revenue? In this webinar, we will show you how to collect and narrow the focus of quality data collection with software tools and best practices, giving you the ability to turn that data into tangible actions. Enrollment goals become more achievable by collecting, analyzing, and understanding measurable data including:

  • Prospect Demographics
  • Marketing and Lead Sources
  • Lead to Application
  • Application to Acceptance
  • Conversion and Retention Rates

Using the 12 Touchstones to Renew and Recommit to Teaching - On Demand
March 20, 2022 marks the first day of spring; spring is the season of rebirth and renewal. In this session, teachers will move through an interactive reflection and discussion of the 12 Touchstones of Teaching and recommit to those practices that have an impact on student learning.

Why Behavioral Health Management Is the Key to Unlocking Performance - On Demand
Many strategic decisions are driven by organizational performance data. That’s why the Terrace Metrics behavioral health and wellness system allows you to easily:

  • Measure the behavioral health status of each student or employee over time, not just at the organizational level
  • Identify those who are doing well, struggling and at-risk
  • Deliver individualized risk-reduction interventions and resiliency-building strategies to the people who need them—confidentially and securely
  • Help individuals—and organizations—realize their full potential

The Key to Recovery: Mastering Challenging Reading and Math Skills - On Demand
If learning is a staircase, then all steps are not created equal. In both reading and math, some skills are extraordinarily difficult for students to master, and these “Trip Steps” can cause a stumble in learning. Join this NCEA webinar to gain insight into Trip Steps and their important role in accelerating Catholic students’ learning this year and beyond. You’ll discover:

  • How these essential yet challenging skills were identified
  • Which grade levels have the most Trip Steps for reading and for math
  • How to focus instruction and practice on mastery of these essential skills
  • How identifying and addressing Trip Steps in a rigorous curriculum improves student outcomes
  • How administrators, teachers, and families can use their knowledge of Trip Steps to guide greater student growth

Creative Ways To Grow Your Donor Database - On Demand
Your development efforts depend upon the size and accuracy of your donor database. You have a compelling cause! You're sharing your school's stories! You're sending the emails, direct mail letters, newsletters, and ALL THE THINGS. But you just got started. You don't have a ton of donors in your database. Join Petrus Development for a LIVE webinar with Katie Richards from Greater Wings sharing her tips and tricks for GROWING your donor database. Even if you are unable to attend live, you will still receive a recording of the discussion to watch at your convenience if you submit your registration! The more donors you have in your database, the more opportunities for receiving donations. So this spring, let's GROW!

Effective Teacher Coaching for Retention and Growth - On Demand
In this live webinar, Donna Moss of FACTS Education Solutions will explore how teacher coaching can help retain educators at your school. Research shows that teachers who work closely with instructional coaches stay at their schools longer than those who don't. These educator-to-educator partnerships improve a teacher’s skillset, which translates into a positive student impact for today’s multi-dimensional classroom.

Data on the State of Catholic Education: 2021 - 2022 Enrollment - On Demand
A webinar explaining and discussing significant trends in enrollment, schools and staffing, in Catholic schools in advance of publishing United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools 2021 – 2022, to be released in March 2022.

Three Types of Reading Practice that Guide Greater Literacy Growth - On Demand
To become skilled, confident readers, students need three distinct types of reading practice: 1) to be read to, 2) to be read with (also known as instructional reading) and 3) to read independently. Attend this webinar to discover the critical role that each type of reading practice plays in Catholic students’ academic success. You’ll also learn:

  • Why you should read to students at every grade level, including high school
  • How reading with students maximizes the impact of instructional reading
  • How to motivate students to read independently, both in and out of school
  • How to guide students to the right texts for each type of practice—and common mistakes to avoid

Seeing as God Sees - On Demand
In this engaging and prayerful retreat, Deacon Halbach uses scripture to outline how God looks at us. Knowing how God sees us helps redefine how we look at ourselves and others. It points to the deepest truth of the human person: that we are beloved children of God, made in his image and likeness. Seeing as God sees helps us to embrace and live this truth throughout our lives, especially in times of darkness and difficulty. Join Deacon Halbach as he prayerfully discerns how to see as God sees. It will surely change your point of view!

Cultivating Diversity and Inclusivity in Youth Choral Programs - On Demand
Engaging with a diverse community requires partnerships, active listening, learning curves, reflection and action. How can we make choir and musical activities appealing and inclusive for students of diverse backgrounds during such formative years, and how do we retain their involvement through elementary, middle and high school? In this webinar, Dr. Marcela Molina discusses how—through creative programming—choir programs can attract students from various backgrounds, along with strategies for recruitment and retention.

Grammar Instruction That Makes a Difference - On Demand
While today’s student often relies on electronic devices with assistance from grammar and spellcheck as they write, it remains important to support them in mastering the conventions of the English language. Writing with purpose and precision and reading complex texts demands understanding the way in which the ordering of words across different sentence types conveys meaning. This session will focus on instructional practices that make a noticeable difference in students’ mastery of the English language. Learn more about the importance of application in making the learning “stick” so students grow and improve as readers and writers.

Catholic School Admissions Success: The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport - On Demand
Learn how the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport achieved admissions growth and created a sustainable long-term plan for improved enrollment. In a challenging time of change and uncertainty, this group of four Catholic elementary schools brought strategic vision, people and technology together to create a better experience for parents and students, while streamlining the admissions process within the schools. Find out how they did it:

  • Improve operations and communication between the schools.
  • Implement technology and get people trained and motivated.
  • Focus on parents and students and create a convenient, positive experience.
  • Innovate the entire admissions and enrollment process.
  • Use data, metrics and marketing to build stronger relationships and drive growth.

ESSER/EANS Funding: What’s New for You in 2022? - On Demand
Have you received all your ESSER/EANS funds? Are you tracking your students’ learning outcomes? What are your next steps in reaching your goal of addressing unfinished learning? These and other questions will be addressed in a free webinar by national educational consultant, Nicole Stephen. You’ll learn about:

  • Updates on ESSER/EANS Funding
  • Status of YOUR funds
  • Next steps for maximizing effectiveness
  • Tracking unfinished learning

2022 Day of Giving to Catholic Schools: How to Set Up Your Appeal and Raise Funds for Your School - On Demand
Join this webinar to learn how to effectively set up your Day of Giving appeal page and bring in funds for your school. On Tuesday, February 1, NCEA will be launching the fifth annual Many Gifts One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools. This online giving campaign invites people across the country who have been positively impacted by Catholic education to financially donate to Catholic schools. In this short session, FACTS will explain how you can easily customize a free donation page and create a strong fundraising campaign of your own.

Care for Our Common Home: What is Your Laudato Si' Action Plan? - On Demand
The Laudato Si' Action Platform launched on November 14, opening dialogue and commitment toward ecological conversion for not only Catholic schools but seven total sectors of influence. This webinar will invoke inspiration for Catholic schools ready to enroll as Laudato Si' schools, as well as inform participants of the backdrop of this critical moment of climate crisis. Participants will learn important steps toward ecological conversion from a systems mindset and also the practical actions being asked by Pope Francis on the Laudato Si' Action Platform.

Designed to Read: Supporting Foundational Literacy Development in Catholic Schools - On Demand
Reading is the most complex skill we teach to children (Whitman and Goldberg, 2008). But research shows the human brain is designed to read—and that certain instructional strategies and supports are far more effective than others in promoting success for young readers. Join this webinar to explore the latest research on foundational literacy development, including new insights from the Science of Reading:

  • Discover strategies to equitably support foundational literacy growth
  • Explore an empirically validated progression for early literacy acquisition
  • Examine the most challenging early literacy skills that can impact future learning
  • Discover best practices for guiding readers to grade-level proficiency
  • Learn strategies to guide ongoing growth as students progress through every grade level

Partnering with Parents in Math to Support Student Learning - On Demand
Dr. Matthew Beyranevand will share his research and experiences about how to build and support the critical relationship with parents within Catholic Schools. In this webinar, we will:

  • Understand what fuels parents’ anxieties and concern
  • Set parents’ expectations about their children’s math instruction and homework
  • Communicate clearly and productively about students’ mathematical progress, strengths, and needs
  • Run informative and fun family events

Reassessing, Renewing and Rebuilding Youth Choral Programs - On Demand
Because of the pandemic, choir directors and music teachers across the country have seen their programs change radically. What are the opportunities for growth here in the face of these challenges? How do we rebuild choral programs after being dormant for so long, while still navigating through the instability and ups-and-downs of our COVID-19 reality? Join Dr. Richard Robbins as he discusses various modes of delivery and strategies for navigating the road ahead for choir directors. Ideas for rethinking choral concepts and assessment, repertoire and rehearsal, using online tools and community-building will be discussed.

Catholic Education Data Study: Results from the Principal Survey - On Demand
Join Dr. Julie Dallavis as she reviews the results from the National Data Study’s principal survey. Over 500 Catholic school principals from 25 dioceses completed a survey on data systems, practices and challenges during the 2020 - 2021 school year. Attendees will gain a better understanding of educational data practices, data use and data access in Catholic schools. In addition, Dr. Dallavis will discuss the challenges around data that schools face and their aspirations for using data in future.

#iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday: Participate with NCEA! - On Demand
NCEA and #iGiveCatholic will hold an informational webinar for schools interested in participating on #GivingTuesday. Webinar information will include school success stories, what you need to know about participation and registration information for schools participating for the first time in 2021 and schools who participated in 2020. This is your time to ask questions and see all the resources available for your school! Once you've registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the session. We hope you will consider taking part in #iGiveCatholic, the U.S. Catholic Church’s Giving Day. Mark your calendars! Recruit volunteers! Start your planning now! And join us on August 3!

The School Choice Wave of 2021: Its Impact on Catholic Schools and the Role of School Leaders in Maximizing Enrollment Using School Choice Scholarships - On Demand
This webinar focuses on the growth of school choice scholarship opportunities that will impact Catholic school students across the nation and provide a pathway for increased student enrollment. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the establishment of new programs emerging in their states and expansions that will provide the opportunity to open Catholic school doors to more families. In addition, school personnel will have the opportunity learn best practices for engaging in the marketing, admissions and advocacy processes that allow students and families to use school choice scholarships to attend their schools.

A Vision of Hope: Catholic Schooling in Massachusetts - On Demand
Catholic schools have long been a vital part of America’s K-12 school choice landscape, and COVID-19 has created a resurgence of parent interest. Religiously-affiliated schools of all kinds are expected to continue to flourish following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Pioneer Institute and NCEA invite you to join them Tuesday, June 8 at 1 PM EDT for a webinar on the Institute's recent book, A Vision of Hope: Catholic Schooling in Massachusetts. They review the successes of the Massachusetts model and offer recommendations to help Catholic schools increase student enrollment.

  • Kathy Mears - Interim President/CEO, NCEA
  • Kendra Espinoza - Lead Plaintiff, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue
  • Cara Candal - Senior Fellow, Pioneer Institute
  • Jason Bedrick - Director of Policy, EdChoice
  • Emmett McGroarty - Visiting Scholar, Catholic University of America

A Smarter Way for Catholic K-8 Schools to Engage Their Community - On Demand
Catholic schools need more parent engagement, but parents are increasingly busy. School leaders and educators would benefit if they knew how to tap into the skills and talents of the parent community. Parents would engage more if information was readily accessible and aligned with their interests and skills. We think engagement can be fun! Connect faculty, parent leaders, families, and interested parishioners as one community in a fun, easy-to-use app with strong Catholic identity. Know more about your community’s talents, skills and interests, and make your Catholic K-8 community engagement simple, fun and full of heart!

  • Talents, Skills and Interests. Capture your community’s unique talents and interest for volunteering and fundraising needs.
  • Modern Directory and Actions. Digital, centralized community contact information and talent center with advanced action features.
  • Event Creation, Sign-up and Tracking. Most robust, feature-rich, secure, and mobile-ready volunteering app on the market.
  • Catholic Identity and Gamification. Prayer center, catholic saint avatars and an innovative point system and gaming levels to encourage engagement.

Is There an Early Literacy Crisis? How Science and Data Can Help - On Demand
In 2019, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 65% of fourth-grade students were reading below grade level. Interrupted learning due to COVID-19 has only worsened this crisis in early literacy, especially in historically disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Join early literacy expert Lynne Kulich as she discusses science-backed instructional strategies to help close the reading gap for all students. Learn how assessments like MAP Reading Fluency can help you meet students where they are and inform instruction toward the ultimate goal of reading for meaning and understanding.

Living in the Companionship of Jesus: Accompaniment as a Pathway to Meaningfulness and Joy - On Demand
The "goodness" of the Good News is not only that Jesus is risen, but that he is among us today! Understanding and sharing how God walks with us in our "ordinary lives" is essential to experiencing the transforming power and joy of our Catholic faith. Join us as we hear Deacon Matt Halbach, PhD, describe how Jesus’ relationships with his disciples, in the Gospel, serve as a paradigm for understanding how God accompanies us, and as a pathway for how we can accompany others. As Pope Francis says in the Joy of the Gospel, everyone must learn this "art of accompaniment." Are you ready to let God accompany you? Are you ready to be a Companion?

Using Observation and Benchmark Data to Identify Professional Learning Opportunities that Strengthen Catholic Schools - On Demand
Learn how to use observation and student achievement data to craft professional learning opportunities that increase leadership capacity and drive instructional improvement. We will explore observation norming practices and leadership coaching approaches that build leaders’ capacity to provide teachers with meaningful and action-oriented feedback. Resources shared will include protocols for rubric exploration, structures for norming and peer observations, and sample observer guides.

The Growth Equation—Motivate Math Achievement and Address Learning Loss - On Demand
Research on how COVID-19 disruptions have impacted student learning still indicates a deficit of 2–3 months in math achievement. Join this webinar to gain insight into recent declines in math performance and learn strategies to help students overcome common challenges to ongoing growth. Dr. Gene Kerns will share:

  • Data from the latest How Kids Are Performing report to quantify the decline
  • Steps you can take this spring and summer to get students back on track
  • How to identify math “trip steps”—the most difficult skills—for each grade
  • Research on how adaptive math practice impacts learning loss and achievement
  • Best practices for measuring performance, addressing learning loss and guiding growth

Collecting and Analyzing Systems-Level Observation Data to Improve Leader and Teacher Practice - On Demand
School and diocesan leaders will learn how to build an online data system to collect classroom observation data. Participants will explore approaches to compile the aggregate data into building-level reports school leaders can employ to drive teacher coaching conversations and inform professional learning.

Data Analytics and Visualizations for Schools and Dioceses - On Demand
Incoming data from local and public sources such as surveys, assessments and performance data can be difficult to combine into information that is meaningful for your educators. The LiveBook Data Analytics Platform merges student data sources to create comprehensive analytics and visualizations for Catholic Schools and Dioceses. Create data studies according to in-person, remote and hybrid learning modalities. This empowers educators to pinpoint patterns, differences, ranks, and trends in the data - for evidenced-based solutions in both single- and multi-school environments.

Engaging Families and Building Strong School Communities with Mobile - On Demand
If there’s anything we’ve learned during the course of the pandemic, it’s that instant, digital communication between schools and families is more important than ever. With school policies changing rapidly and information floating around from countless sources, schools must establish one platform to deliver accurate information to families. Join FACTS and panelists from Catholic schools across the nation on how they've utilized FACTS Family App to allow families to receive important school announcements, access grades and assignments, make payments, view calendars, and more – all from their mobile device. In this panel discussion, you'll learn how:

  • Families expect to receive communication from your school in the COVID era
  • To position your school as a technology leader and be more attractive to prospective families
  • Mobile app features help schools achieve communication and tech goals
  • To use federal funding to cover the cost of communication technology

Aligning Your Phonics Instruction to the Science of Reading - On Demand
This session covers the 4 key guideposts of phonics as they relate to the science of reading (including recent brain research) and how to effectively implement the guideposts in foundational skills instruction.

Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story - On Demand
Dorothy Day was co-founder (along with Peter Maurin) of the Catholic Worker Movement that began as a newspaper to expose rampant injustices during the Great Depression. It soon expanded to become a network of houses of hospitality to welcome the poor and destitute. Now nearly a century after they began, the number of Catholic Worker houses continues to grow and the newspaper is still speaking truth to power. In this webinar, participants will explore film as a form of Catholic ministry, the process for canonization, and the opportunity to use examples such as Dorothy Day as a witness of Catholic Social Teaching and to examine the complexity of the Communion of Saints. Participants will learn from President and Founder of Journey Films, Martin Doblmeier and theology teacher at Saint Xavier High School, Adam P. Zoeller in this webinar.

Catholic School Data, Post-COVID: Enrollment and School Closure - On Demand
Join NCEA’s Annie Smith and Sr. Dale McDonald for a webinar on its annual report of Catholic elementary and secondary schools, enrollment, and staffing. Learn more about the most important data points on the state of Catholic schools nationwide, tackle misconceptions about the impact of the pandemic on Catholic school enrollment, and next steps for moving forward!

Lessons on Self-Care from a Trauma-Informed Perspective - On Demand
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Join Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) to raise awareness about symptoms of vicarious trauma in social service staff, teachers and childcare professionals, who are trying to stay resilient during this difficult time. We will address important ways to practice self-care to maintain our health. Our team will advise on how to prevent and deal with stress and how to cope with emotions that will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger.

The Elements of an Ideal Assessment System - On Demand
Assessment plays a critical role in Catholic schools, supporting our shared mission of academic excellence and strong student achievement. But “ideal assessment” goes beyond simply testing. It also provides all stakeholders—including students—with the right information to move learning forward. Join this webinar to explore the elements of an ideal assessment system. Dr. Gene Kerns will share how to use different types of assessment most effectively in your school and diocese, including:

  • Making the best use of formative, interim, and summative data to guide student learning
  • Understanding each stakeholder’s unique data needs
  • Adapting to assessment-related challenges presented by COVID-19
  • Building assessment literacy among educators, students, parents, and your community

Maximizing New COVID Relief Benefit for Catholic Schools - On Demand
Catholic school leaders are invited to join Sr. Dale McDonald (NCEA) and Jennifer Daniels (USCCB) in a discussion of the new US Department of Education guidelines to learn how to maximize benefits under the new Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Program (EANS) with funding earmarked for serving non-public schools.

Equity in Education: Using Growth Data to Improve Student Outcomes - On Demand
Are all methods of school performance measurement created equal? Does measuring achievement alone serve students or schools with differing levels of challenges? Join this webinar led by Dr. John Cronin, senior research fellow at NWEA®, as he shares the results and implications of groundbreaking NWEA research on how poverty impacts school-level achievement and growth. We will share the research study exploring the impact poverty has on school performance and discuss why measuring achievement and growth is key to accurate, equitable results. Dr. Cronin will also address why this research is especially significant in the wake of interrupted learning and remote instruction. What you will learn:

  • The implications of using student achievement and growth to evaluate schools
  • How NWEA identifies high growth for all schools
  • What are the characteristics of high growth for all schools
  • How our COVID recovery tools, including the Growth Goal Explorer and the Data Recovery File, can help

Leadership Transitions That Promoted Outcomes For Struggling Readers - On Demand
As education leaders are transitioning from day to day to attend to staff and students' needs, one administrator looks at existing resources to maximize an untapped opportunity that had a maximum benefit for struggling readers. Anne Dillon, Director for Special Education, Archdiocese of Washington, led the charge to enable students' access and equity in a distance learning environment. You will hear how Anne made swift moves when students needed access to content while learning remotely. Her passion for equipping students to be independent learners will shine through.

Miracle Projects: Students Leading the Gospel Call to Love - On Demand
This webinar will present Miracle Projects, an initiative of Catholic Charities Community Services (Phoenix) which engages local Catholic schools. Miracle Projects leverage students’ strengths and creativity in an entrepreneurial endeavor to teach social responsibility, the prevalence of social injustice, the impact of community reinvestment and the joy of faithful stewardship of God’s graces. To accomplish this: 1) Catholic Charities makes classroom presentation about community justice issues; 2) Students choose one program to support the fight against injustice; 3) Students create an entrepreneurial project to raise resources; 4) Students reinvest their profits to bring about social change. This webinar will be of particular interest to those responsible for parish engagement and also social enterprise.

Addressing Student Learning Loss - On Demand
In Fall 2020, teachers used both formal and informal assessment to determine any academic learning loss that occurred in Spring and Summer of 2020. This classroom and school-wide data has made clear that any gaps in student achievement must be addressed. This webinar will focus on strategies for classroom teachers to address student learning loss through instructional practices in core and targeted instruction.

Why and How Literacy Must Be Reframed - On Demand
Helping students achieve reading proficiency improves overall learning outcomes. Yet too often, reading performance flatlines after grade 4 for students in both public and Catholic schools. Join this webinar to learn how Catholic educators can reverse this trend. Dr. Gene Kerns will share research-based insights from his new book Literacy Reframed, including:

  • Game-changing methods to guide growth for every reader—across all grades and at all levels
  • Proven alternatives to classroom skill work, such as building both proficiency and subject-area knowledge by incorporating reading across the curriculum
  • Strategies for using digital reading as a powerful lever for growth in any learning environment
  • How reigniting the traditional knowledge-rich curriculum in Catholic education supports literacy development

The New Leaders Academy - Introduction and Information Session - On Demand
This webinar will introduce the first session of content for the New Leaders Academy and provide an overview for how the course will work over the 2020-21 school year.

What Happens When 20% of Your Student Population Chooses Online Education for 2020-2021? - On Demand
Online education experts and practitioners will guide you through models of online education and blended learning, providing practical examples and "how-to" information. Focus will be on retaining your own school identity online, creating financial stability, and lessons learned over the last two decades. Panelists will answer your questions live.

NCEA Town Hall with Kathy Mears - On Demand
On Wednesday, August 5 at 6 PM EDT/3 PM PDT, we are holding a Virtual Town Hall to give voice to the 130,000+ Catholic educators who have responded to the recent challenges with grace, resilience, determination and heart. We ask that you join us for this dialogue and discussion as we chart a path forward in a time of great need.

State and Local Level Advocacy for Catholic Schools - On Demand
Now more than ever, Catholic schools are a vital and powerful educational option for kids and families. This webinar will discuss how to foster efforts at the state and local level advocacy for communities to support Catholic schools. Michael Acquilano, the Director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference and Secretary of Communications and Public Affairs for the Diocese of Charleston, will set context on successful outreach on behalf of Catholic schools to state and local governments and provide practical recommendations for action.

Better Together: Collaborating to Support Student Learning - On Demand
Whether your year will start in person, online, or with some mix of the two, providing opportunities for teachers to learn, share, problem solve, and collaborate is key. Jill Annable, Assistant Superintendent for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, will share best practices from the rich collaboration and sharing from the 31 schools in her diocese that led to vibrant student and adult learning during the pandemic, as well as tips and tricks for how to best move forward to support the needs of all student and adult learners!

Choosing the Best Coaching Model for your Teachers and Leaders - On Demand
Is coaching the best way to advance teaching and learning in our schools? In this free NCEA webinar, Dr. Susan Abelein offers a data-driven approach to this question and provides insights from 60 research studies on coaching programs. Drawing from research on the effectiveness of teacher coaching, Dr. Abelein delivers insights on program components, including video-based distance coaching, that allow school leaders to choose the framework that meets the needs of their community.