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.


  • National Bearing Witness Summer Institute - Apply by April 15th 

    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.

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  • 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference - June 18-20, 2018

    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. We invite you to attend!

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Religious Education Assessments

We are excited to announce that as of June 30, 2018, NCEA’s ACRE/IFG will be hosted on a new and improved platform. More detailed information on this update is forthcoming and current users will be contacted in the next few weeks for account details and next steps. Should you wish to purchase additional testing materials, please note that these items will be valid for the current school year only, through June 30, 2018. Any testing materials purchased from ETS for the fall 2018-2019 school year will be considered out-of-date.

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Upcoming Events

2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference Registration Now Open!


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. We invite you to attend!

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Webinars

NCEA Webinars are finished for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Expect new webinars for the 2018 - 2019 school year to begin in early fall. You can find past NCEA webinars on our YouTube channel.

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Additional Resources

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%.”

Moments of Grace: Embedding Catholic Identity into the Science Standards

This blog is the third in a series of three blogs from the Diocese of Owensboro on the rationale and process for the development of new Diocesan Science Standards embedded with Catholic Identity. The present moment in our shared story as Catholic educators is also a moment of grace; one in which we may break through to more comprehensive ways of thinking about science and religion; one in which life, and life more abundantly, will find a way.  It is not a call to arms, but rather a call to reconciliation between faith and reason, so that we may more effectively lead our students to live in wholeness and holiness in one sacred life community.

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Who Are Exceptional Learners
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