Professional Development

The NCEA Professional Development team continually works to increase access to opportunities for the spiritual and professional growth of our members by ongoing collaboration, curation of resources and digital and on-site training.


  • 3,2,1 Liftoff! Interactive Ideas for Supercharged Catechesis

    In this technology-focused webinar, Steve Botsford, MBA, MRE will share some of his best interactive, technology-based ideas to fuel a supercharged classroom experience.

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  • NCEA STREAM 3.0 Call for Proposals Now Open!

    The 2019 NCEA New Directions STREAM 3.0 Conference will provide a top-level education to teachers, school leaders, and diocesan leaders.

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  • New Webinar Season Underway

    NCEA webinars cover trending and need-to-know topics relevant to your career in Catholic education. All participants will receive the recorded webinar and presentation files for reference and inclusion among other professional learning resources.

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Religious Education Assessments

We are excited to announce that as of June 30, 2018, NCEA’s ACRE/IFG is being hosted on a new and improved platform built by My Catholic Faith Technologies. You may order assessment materials from My Catholic Faith Technologies for the next school year (2018-2019) by clicking on "More Information" below.

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Upcoming Events

NCEA 2019

The National Catholic Education Association Convention and Expo (NCEA 2019) taking place April 23 -25 at McCormick Place-West in Chicago, is the largest private education association gathering in the world, held in fellowship with the Archdiocese of Chicago. 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.

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NCEA STREAM 3.0

The 2019 NCEA New Directions STREAM 3.0 Conference will provide a top-level education to teachers, school leaders, and diocesan leaders. Since STREAM’s (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) inception in 2014, research has shown that robust STEM programs are a priority for today’s prospective Catholic school parent. Attendees will learn how to effectively facilitate the design and delivery of a comprehensive STREAM program which not only emphasizes a robust STEM program but ensures the intentional integration of the faith and the arts. Ongoing advances in understanding the impact of neuroscience on student learning will be explored. Updated STREAM education indicators will be presented. The conference is designed to be collaborative and provide for sharing information and best practices. The meeting consists of professional development sessions, inspirational keynotes, and networking opportunities.

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Webinars

NCEA webinars cover trending and need-to-know topics relevant to your career in Catholic education. All participants will receive the recorded webinar and presentation files for reference and inclusion among other professional learning resources. For inquiries regarding webinars, contact Andrea Chavez-Kopp, Assistant Director for Educational and Formation Programs at akopp@ncea.org.

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Additional Resources

Hugs N' Hope Bear Raises Awareness for Keeping Children in Safe Families

Changing the Way We Care and Build-A-Bear are joining forces to keep children in loving homes. To raise awareness, Build-A-Bear designed a special bear called the Hugs N' Hope bear. You can help by hosting a Build-A-Bear party and build the Hugs N' Hope bear, which can be donated to a vulnerable child or kept as a reminder of your action. Five dollars from each bear built at the Hugs N' Hope parties will be donated to Changing the Way We Care. Sign up to host a party and follow these instructions: From the Build-A-Party main page > Let Us Help You (purple bar) > Build-A-Party > Book Your Party. At the end of the checkout process under “Party Details,” you will see various options of bears to choose from. Please check “Hugs ‘N Hope Bear” and continue to checkout.

National Dialogue

A national collaborative effort has begin between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, and the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (LaRed) to engage the church in a National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults with the intent to renew our ministry efforts with these members of our faith community. The vision of this initiative is an energized and unified Church committed to forming and engaging youth and young adults as missionary disciples.

Pre-Synod Document

"The young person of today is met with a host of external and internal challenges and opportunities, many of which are specific to their individual contexts and some of which are shared across continents. In light of this, it is necessary for the Church to examine the way in which it thinks about and engages with young people in order to be an effective, relevant and life-giving guide throughout their lives."

Assessment White Paper: Comprehensive Assessment Programs

Now more than ever, Catholic school thought leaders recognize the need to address the challenges facing Catholic schools. One of the biggest challenges is declining enrollment. In the United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schoosl 2017-2018: The Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing, McDonald and Schultz reported that “Overall, the national enrollment decline since 2008 has been greater than 435,000, a 19.2% loss of the student population” and the decrease in number of schools is 1,026 or 14%.”

Meet the Professional Development Team

Who Are Exceptional Learners
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