2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference

June 18-20, 2018
The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel
3600 Sansom Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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The annual NCEA New Directions Conference is the foremost summer gathering dedicated to serving current elementary and secondary teachers and school leaders as well as diocesan leaders.  The 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference (Assessment 2018) will provide top level education on how Catholic schools can implement a comprehensive assessment program to monitor student progress and inform decision-making regarding instructional programs.  Assessment 2018 will not only provide attendees with current practices in assessment for the purpose of measuring students’ progress, but also as a means to share the “Good News” of student academic performance with the local community. Additionally, Assessment 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for networking with experts in the field of assessment, as well as Catholic school educators from across the country.


*Online registration requires immediate electronic payment or payment via purchase order. Registering via fax or mail is preferred if check will be method of payment. NCEA can be reached by fax at (703) 243-0025.

 This conference will consist of professional development sessions, inspirational keynote/general sessions and networking opportunities. Exemplars of current best practices and assessment structures within Catholic schools will be shared. 

Topics include:

  • Assessment for Learning (Formative and Diagnostic)
  • Assessment of Learning (Summative)
  • Assessment as Learning (Assessment to further students learning)
  • Grading/Rubrics
  • Standards-based Grading and Report Cards
  • Progress Monitoring Assessment Strategies (including Benchmark/Interim Assessments)
  • Data Teams/PLC’s
  • Marketing Strategies Using Assessment Data


Registration Fees

  Early Bird
(March 15 - May 24, 2018) 
(May 25 - June 17, 2018) 
(June 18-20, 2018)
Member Rate   $425  $475  $500
Non-Member Rate  $550  $600  $625
Guest/Spouse/Meals Only  $275  $275  $275



Hotel Cutoff Date to Book within the Block: May 18th

Reservations may be made at The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel within the conference block via the designated link or by calling 215.222.0200. When booking via the phone, you must reference the 2018 NCEA Assessment Conference to receive the discounted group rate. The discounted conference rate will be available through May 18 or whenever the block is sold out; whichever comes first. If you experience trouble making a hotel reservation, please contact Jennifer Stewart at JStewart@ncea.org.






Opening Liturgy

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was born September 26, 1944, in Concordia, Kansas, the son of Joseph and Marian DeMarais Chaput. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grade School in Concordia and St. Francis Seminary High School in Victoria, Kansas. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965.

Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997, and he was installed on April 7 the same year. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop. He chose as his episcopal motto: “As Christ Loved the Church” (Ephesians 5:25).

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, 2011. He was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011.

Archbishop Chaput served the Holy See as an Apostolic Visitor to U.S. seminaries, (2005 – 2006); the Diocese of Toowoomba, Australia, (2007); and the Legion of Christ for Canada and the United States, (2009 – 2010). In February 2014 he was appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity by Pope Francis. In 2015, he hosted the World Meeting of Families and
visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. He participated in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome and was named a permanent member of the council for that synod. He is author of three books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001), Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008); Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World (Henry Holt and Co., 2017) and numerous talks, articles and pastoral letters. His writings, discourses, and homilies are available here.

Keynote Address

Dr. Gene Kerns
Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Renaissance Learning, Inc.
As Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kerns advises educators in both the US and the UK about academic trends and opportunities. Dr. Kerns is a leading authority on the Common Core State Standards, learning progressions, and formative assessment. He delivers highly sought-after presentations each year—often to standing-room-only crowds of educators and administrators. Prior to joining Renaissance: Dr. Kerns served as the Supervisor of Academic Services for the Milford, Delaware school district, was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware, and held various other teaching and administrative positions in Delaware and Virginia. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Longwood College in Virginia, and holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Delaware. He is co-author of the book, Informative Assessment: When It’s Not About a Grade.

Featured Speaker

Dr. John Cronin
Vice President of Education Research NWEA

John Cronin is Vice President of Education Research at NWEA.  He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University.  He spent his early career as a Catholic school educator, teaching and coaching for thirteen years at the Jesuit high school in his home town of Spokane and serving as president of the Council Bluffs Iowa Catholic School System for two years before joining NWEA.  He is an expert on issues related to testing with a focus on helping educators and the public better understand and use data to improve learning.  As a consultant, John has worked with organizations including the US Department of Education, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Texas Association of School Administrators, and others on questions related to testing and accountability.   The most valuable knowledge John has of Catholic education, however, comes in 25 years of service as unpaid consultant to his wife Diane, a Catholic school educator and principal.


Title II-A Funds

Title II-A funds for professional development under the Every Student Succeeds Act may be available to attend the 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference. 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.


If you have any questions regarding registration or housing information, contact Jennifer Stewart, Event manager, at 571.206.1527 or via email.

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