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.

  • NCEA 2020 Call for Proposals Open Now

    The NCEA 2020 Convention & Expo Call for Proposals is now open! You may submit a proposal for a session at the NCEA 2020 Convention & Expo taking place April 14-16 in Baltimore, MD.

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  • Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award
    Nominations Open Now

    NCEA is proud to continue the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award Program that will formally recognize extraordinary young people in our Catholic schools who through their selfless service, innovation and commitment to social justice are changing the world.

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  • Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards
    Nominations Open Now

    We are happy to announce the fifth annual Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards that recognize outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements on behalf of Catholic school education.

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  • On-Demand 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.

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IFG: ACRE and Adult Survey

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 current school year (2018-2019) by clicking on "More Information" below.

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Upcoming Events


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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ICSL 2019

The 2019 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders (ICSL 2019) is the foremost annual gathering dedicated to serving current elementary and secondary principals, presidents, pastors, and school board leadership in Catholic schools. Additionally, ICSL 2019 is an excellent opportunity for professional development in the preparation of the next generation of leaders in these positions desiring to serve in Catholic schools.

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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

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Additional Resources

STREAM White Paper – A Catholic Design

Founded on a historical bedrock of faith and academic integration, the STREAM White Paper outlines a framework for STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) integrated curricular initiatives in Catholic education. The why, what and how of such an initiative illuminates that all knowledge conferred, discovered, and evaluated in Catholic schools can and must be done so by the light of faith.

Summer Religious Studies Institute

The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute will host Summer Religious Studies Institute at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The program, to be held July 23 – 25, 2019, will convene K-12 independent school educators in the nation’s capital to explore issues of religious freedom and diversity in the classroom. Educators will learn about religious studies as an academic discipline, and have the opportunity to develop working relationships with leading religious studies subject matter experts and curricular resource providers.

English Learners White Paper – Encountering, Embracing and Educating: Answering Our Call to Serve Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

The white paper provides a solid rationale for our Catholic schools in serving and supporting linguistically and culturally diverse students, a discussion around the potential challenges in executing this mission and a roadmap for future implementation and success.

Meet the Professional Development Team

Who Are Exceptional Learners
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NCEA 2020

Join us in Charm City for NCEA 2020, April 14-16, 2020!


CLS 2019

The Catholic Leadership Summit provides a professional development framework for diocesan, system, and network leadership.



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