2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders

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July 16-19, 2017
Westin Waltham Boston
Waltham, Massachusetts
Archdiocese of Boston

The 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders (ICSL 2017) 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 


 Early Rate/ before May 29   Regular Rate / May 30 - July 15    Onsite / July 16-19 
 NCEA Member $425  NCEA Member $475  NCEA Member $525
 Non-Member $525  Non-Member $575  Non-Member $625


Registration Form (PDF)  Register Online


View the Preliminary Schedule-At-A-Glance

Spiritual Leadership Retreat

Sunday, July 16, 2017
2 - 4:30 PM

The second annual Spiritual Leadership Retreat offers an opportunity for attendees to explore how a personal transformational change to a servant-as-leader mindset can promote a positive cultural change within the school. This will be a time for attendees to reflect both individually and within small groups about what transformational change might look like for them and for their schools. Strategies and resources will be provided in this second annual spiritual leadership retreat.

Keynote Address

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
9 - 10:30 AM
The Positive Power of Servant Leadership

Mr. Thomas A. Thibodeau
Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Mr. Thomas Thibodeau is the distinguished professor of servant leadership in the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership (MASL) Program in Viterbo University's College of Business and Leadership. He is a 34 year veteran of the Viterbo faculty and a nationally acclaimed speaker.  Mr. Thibodeau will reflect on servant leadership as a Gospel-approach to service and leadership that is both timely and timeless. He will situate servant leadership within a scriptural and sacramental context that is rooted in social justice.

Featured Sessions

Richard Gray
Hiring for Mission
The negative behavior of an employee sends ripples throughout the school long before it is necessary to hire a replacement. However, long before this happens, these challenges can be addressed through the implementation of a comprehensive "start-to-finish" professional development based approach to hiring for mission. This session will describe how to intersect theory with practice and will provide opportunities for session participants to draw on their own experiences, in dialogue with their colleagues.

Daniel McMahon
21 Practices for Principals (and Other School Leaders)
Attendees will learn numerous practical strategies for building and evaluating the health of their school communities, which they can take back to their schools and implement for little or no cost. Attendees will gain a deep understanding of the research and philosophical infrastructure that supports leadership in Catholic schools.

Nick Regina
Enrollment Management: Strategies in Marketing, Recruitment and Retention
Focusing on enrollment management as both an art and a science, this workshop will detail key marketing, recruitment and retention strategies easily implemented at both the elementary and high school levels and how to include each area in a yearly enrollment plan.


Housing is available at the Westin Waltham Boston with a group rate of $189/night (additional taxes will apply). The group rate will be available until June 15, 2017, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please click the link below for more information about housing. You may call the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel at 1-888-627-8455.


Title IIA Funds

Title IIA funds for professional development under the No Child Left Behind Act may be available to attend the 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders. These funds may be used to pay for the “secular, non-ideological” sessions that the participant attends. Funds may be used for registration as well as travel, lodging, etc. Requests must be made to the local school district office (LEA) that controls the government funding for these programs.

Terms and Conditions

  • Payment is due upon receipt of invoice.
  • Send checks payable to NCEA, P.O. Box 63392, Charlotte, NC 28263-3392.
  • In order to ensure proper credit, please be sure to include the name of the attendee(s) in the memo of the check or provide a list of all registrants with payment.
  • Purchase orders will be accepted.
  • Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.
  • Cancellations of ICSL 2017 registration does not constitute cancellation of housing/hotel reservations. Please be sure to handle both separately.
  • No one under the age of 18 is permitted to attend ICSL 2017.
  • Attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and agree to accept responsibility for their own personal actions and conduct while at ICSL-related events.​


Please send cancellation requests by email to events@NCEA.org. Individuals requesting a refund on or before May 28, 2017 will receive a refund of 50% of the fees. Refunds will not be granted after May 28, 2017. 


Lucy Shufflebarger
Administrative Assistant
(571) 257-0029

Jennifer Stewart
Events Coordinator
(571) 206-1527

Another leadership development opportunity for Catholic school presidents, principals, assistant principals and heads of schools is the Emmaus Series at Boston College. Visit the website for more information.

ICSL 2017 Registration Form
(Adobe PDF File)