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.

  • Register Now for Special Events at the NCEA 2017 Convention and Expo

    In addition to the outstanding professional development sessions, the opportunities for networking and the exciting products and resources found in the Expo Hall, NCEA 2017 also offers several important special events designed to engage, inform and inspire Catholic educators in all areas.  By joining your colleagues at one of these special lunches on Wednesday, April 19, you will become part of a national conversation about the future of Catholic schools. What are our challenges? Our opportunities? How can we work together to grow together? 

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  • Bearing Witness Summer Institute: Apply by April 30th!

    Join Catholic school educators from across the United States for Bearing Witness™, a six-day all-expenses-paid intensive study experience designed to give you the skills and resources to bring the lessons of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and modern-day prejudice to your students and communities. Catholic middle and high school educators, including teachers, administrators and librarians, are encouraged to apply for the Bearing Witness Summer Institute. Applicants should focus on the subject areas of history/social studies, English/language arts, religion/theology, and morality/social justice. Instructors in other subject areas will be considered, but must demonstrate how they will integrate the Holocaust into their courses.

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  • Become an NCEA Contributor: Submit Resources for our Online Resource Library

    NCEA is always looking for more resources to add to the list of ever expanding Catholic educations resources available. NCEA is committed to providing valuable resources to assist Catholic educators in their careers via the NCEA Resource Library. This library is a compilation of resources created by member for members.  If you would like your resource available to Catholic educators, please take a few minutes to complete the form below. Upon approval, your resource will be added to the NCEA Resource Library made available to all NCEA members.

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Lenten Resources

Visit our NCEA Lenten Resources page for ideas and tools to make the most of your Lenten season through prayer, penance and good works.  

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Upcoming Events

NCEA Convention and Expo

The NCEA Convention and Expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic school and faith-based education. The Convention is a time to celebrate, to acquire new knowledge, and to renew your spirit. St. Louis is the just the place for that to happen to you! Join us April 18-20. 2017. Registration is now open.

NCEA 2017 New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference

Catholic schools strive to be inclusive of all learners, and teachers and administrators are seeking strategies, best practices and resources to help serve the needs of exceptional learners in the classroom. Ergo, it is with great pleasure that we announce the NCEA 2017 New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference (NCEA 2017 ELC), which will take place June 19-21, 2017 in Evanston, IL (Chicago area). 


Diving into Disciplinary Literacy: Keys to Deeper Learning Within All Subjects

The literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking improve when content learning experiences are rich and meaningful. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Johnna Weller will discuss three key points that provide:

  • An understanding of the facets of literacy within subject-specific learning
  • Insight into “disciplinary” critical thinking skills
  • Key instructional strategies that boost students’ literacy and critical thinking skills within content-area instruction

Presented in partnership with:
Tuesday February 28, 2017
4:00pm EST


Why Do We Keep Talking About Data-Driven Instruction

Using assessment data to drive instruction isn’t as difficult as you think. Schools that implement data-driven instruction see significant gains in student learning. Teachers who use data-driven instruction are highly effective. Yet, schools still struggle with effectively implementing this approach. In this session, you will learn an easy-to-implement method for enhancing instruction to increase student achievement.

Presented in partnership with:

Tuesday March 2, 2017
4:00pm or 7:00pm EST


Additional Resources

Black History Teaching Resources

Each year, the Smithsonian honors Black History Month with a calendar full of activities.

Black History Month Resources from NEA

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, NEA offers a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety of subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.

Black History Month Resources from PBS

Commemorate Black History Month in your classroom with 20 lesson plans and resources that cover topics ranging from civil rights events to discussions about race in current events. These resources provide authentic student-driven learning experiences that will help all kids participate in Black History Month.

Meet the Professional Development Team