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 June 12   Regular Rate / June 13 - July 15    Onsite / July 16-19 
 NCEA Member $425  NCEA Member $475  NCEA Member $525
 Non-Member $525  Non-Member $575  Non-Member $625


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Schedule of Events

ICSL 2017 Program  

NCEA Is Pleased to Announce Two Sessions by Mr. Thomas A. Thibodeau

Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Servant Leadership Retreat

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

The Meal That Changed The World

In the breaking of the bread and the washing of feet, Jesus changed the world. We have all been called to do the same in our families, churches, schools and communities. Together we will recognize, nurture and celebrate the sacredness of our lives and our work. This is an interactive session. The integration of contemplation and action within a community is foundational to the understanding and practice of servant leadership. The afternoon's agenda includes an examination of who you are as a leader, engagement in Lectio Divina and reflections on leadership and character development.

Keynote Address

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

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.

Kathy Mears Welcomes You to Boston


Here’s what your colleagues are saying about some of the speakers presenting at ICSL:

Speaker: Chris Scaffidi
Session: Mindset Matters: Creating a Culture of Co-Accountability Among Leaders, Faculty and Staff

"The concept of the importance of a school (admin, teachers, students, parents) having a growth mindset is very much something that resonates for me. The talk inspired me to make this the focus of professional development, beginning this summer!"

Speaker: Jerry Deegan
Session: Vision Without Traction is Hallucination

"Fascinating material! Very well presented."

Speaker: Jaclyn Day
Session: Maximizing School Marketing with Limited Resources

"Great session! Practical and will be able to use her insight immediately."

Speaker: Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy
Session: What Keeps Administrators Up at Night: Legal Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

"Sr. Angela presented information that is very helpful when dealing with legal matters. I appreciate her wisdom and guidance."

Dr. Timothy Uhl Interviews ICSL Speakers

Dr. Uhl interviews six presenters at this summer's NCEA conference for presidents & principals: Dr. Dan McMahon, Nick Regina, Dr. Richard Gray, Dr. Kathy Walsh, Tom Thibodeau, and Dr. Jerry Deegan. In the course of these conversations, recurring themes emerge centering around current issues in Catholic education.

Featured Sessions

Jerry M. Deegan, Ed.D.
Vision without Traction is Hallucination
Attendees will learn about an entrepreneurial operating system that is a business operating model that helps set and remain focused on the school’s vision, define strategy, address long and short term work and goals and make meetings more efficient and productive. The system addresses a variety of frustrations that occur and demonstrates how it can bring clarity, efficiency and accountability to administrative and other teams in the school.

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.

Merylann "Mimi" J. Schuttloffel, Ph.D.
Thinking Like a Catholic School Leader
Attendees will learn about the contemplative, or mission-centered, practice model and how it can assist school leaders to think with a distinctive mindset for their roles. This interactive session will address how to develop a contemplative mindset and how that will impact faith formation within a school community. Reflection and action, based in Catholic theology and teaching, is the heart of contemplative practice. The school leader’s role to integrate Catholicity into all facets of school life will be discussed through the exploration of vignettes.


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.

Download the Mobile App

Use the mobile app to discover what sessions and speakers you wish to attend, learn about our ICSL 2017 corporate partners, take notes and connect with your peers attending ICSL.

Mobile App Instructions  


View articles written by ICSL speakers for NCEA Talk: A Catholic School Education Blog. Read speakers' articles and learn more about the subjects they will be presenting.

In addition, these resources will provide a glimpse of topics at the 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders:

Mission & Catholic Identity Academic Excellence
Leadership & Governance Operational Vitality


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.

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ICSL 2017 Registration Form
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