2019 NCEA New Directions STREAM 3.0 Conference

June 17-19, 2019
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
Parsippany, New Jersey 

The annual NCEA New Directions Conference is the foremost summer gathering dedicated to serving current elementary and secondary teachers, school leaders and arch/diocesan leaders. The 2019 NCEA New Directions STREAM 3.0 Conference provides an excellent follow-up to the 2017 NCEA and FADICA national market research study conducted to understand better the perception of Catholic schools in the U.S. and the greatest opportunities for improving and promoting Catholic education across a wide range of audiences. Findings showed that among the parents’ top priorities for their children’s K-12 education is to ensure they are well-prepared for college and a global job market and are taught to think critically and individually. Additionally, regarding specific curriculum and course offerings, respondents expressed a desire for cutting edge science and technology instruction that prepares students for the global job market.

NCEA STREAM 3.0 will provide an opportunity for arch/dioceses and schools to gain a deeper understanding of how STREAM provides an opportunity to respond in a concrete way to the expectations parents have for their children’s K-12 education. STREAM demonstrates how faith, individual academic disciplines and life itself work together. STREAM not only provides a challenging trans-disciplinary learning environment focused on the integration of the STREAM content areas through the lens of the Catholic faith, but also builds 21st-century competencies needed for success in school and future careers including collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.  This conference will consist of professional development sessions, inspirational general sessions and networking opportunities.


Schedule At-a-Glance

 Monday, June 17  Tuesday, June 18  Wednesday, June 19

AM - 5 PM     Registration

7 AM – 6 PM     Registration

7 AM – 12 PM    Registration

9 AM - 5 PM     NCEA Publications Open

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM     NCEA Publications Open

8:30 – 10:45 AM     NCEA Publications Open

10 - 11 AM     Opening Liturgy

7:30 – 8:15 AM     Morning Liturgy

7:30 – 8:15 AM     Morning Liturgy

11:15 - 11:45 AM     Opening Remarks

8:15 – 9 AM     Breakfast

8:15 – 9 AM     Breakfast

11:45 AM - 1:45 PM     Lunch & Student Showcase

9:15 – 10:30 AM     Breakout Session II

9:15 – 10:30 AM     Breakout Session IV

2 - 3:15 PM     Breakout Session I

10:45 AM – 12 PM     Breakout Session III

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM     Closing General Session and Remarks

3:30 - 5 PM     Opening General Session & Remarks

12:15 – 1:45 PM     Lunch


5 – 6 PM     Reception

2:00 – 5:15 PM     Explore and Create Sessions

  5:30 – 7:30 PM      STREAM Playground & Happy Hour  



STREAM 3.0 will feature professional development sessions based on the following topics: 

  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Practices
    • Catholic Faith Connections and Integration
    • Co-Curricular STREAM Programming
    • Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity
    • Interdisciplinary Inquiry/Project/Problem-based Learning
    • STREAM and Brain-based Teaching
  • Educational Technology Integration
  • Engineering Design
  • Marketing and Fiscal Planning
  • Professional Learning
  • College and Career Readiness


Registration Fees

  Early Bird
Mid-March-May 13, 2019
May 14-June 17, 2019
June 17-20, 2019
Member $450 $525 $550
Non-Member $575 $650 $675
Guest/Spouse/Meals Only $315 $315 $315



A block of rooms will be available at a discounted rate for STREAM 3.0 attendees at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel. The conference block rate will be $249/night and will be available through May 16, 2019, or whenever the block is sold out, whichever comes first.





New at STREAM 3.0!

Student Showcase
Monday, June 17
11:45 AM – 1:45 PM

Get ready to be IMPRESSED during the Student Showcase as you interact with students from local arch/dioceses as they present their STEM/STREAM projects! This is an opportunity for the first-hand experience observing the performance outcomes of student-directed, project-based experiential learning encompassing Catholic social teaching and solving real-world problems using Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math. See if you can find evidence of the 21st century competencies of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity on display!

STREAM Playground
Tuesday, June 18
5:30 – 7:30 PM

What better way to end a day of professional development than with some food, drinks, and hands-on learning? This interactive playground will give attendees a chance to experience STREAM as learners while networking as professionals. A variety of interactive activities will be available to explore while enjoying a cocktail hour and fellowship. Enjoy the fun of learning while experiencing innovative new directions in STREAM education.

Explore and Create Sessions

Choose from one of six Explore and Create Sessions featured at this year’s conference. These three-hour sessions will facilitate extensive interaction between the speakers and the audience and focus on exploring new resources or developing new skills. Hands-on activities will be incorporated using the participants’ own devices and will feature hands-on creation. Attendees are required to pre-select their preferred explore and create session during registration.

  • Coding Across the Curriculum
  • E is the Key: Engineering Engaging and Empowering Learning Experiences in Your STREAM Classroom
  • ISTE Certification for NCEA Members to Support Student Learning with Technology
  • Living Our Mission: Practical Steps for Initiating and Expanding Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Technology Engineering and Art (TEA) Time in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • The Initial Splash into STREAM: A Roadmap for STREAM Implementation


Opening Mass Celebrant

Born and raised in Morristown, Msgr. Herbert Tillyer was ordained a priest of the Paterson Diocese in 1968 after completing his priesthood studies at the former Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington.

Appointed Chancellor of the Diocese in 1977 by the late Bishop Frank Rodimer, he was then named a Papal Chamberlain by St. Pope John Paul II with the title of Monsignor. In 1999, Msgr. Tillyer was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese. In 2003, St. Pope John Paul II honored Msgr. Tillyer with the title, Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary, the highest honor of Monsignor.

Msgr. Tillyer served as pastor of St. Paul Parish, Prospect Park, and in 1994, was appointed pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish.

Msgr. Tillyer is a strong proponent of Catholic education. He was the driving force behind the establishment of All Saints Academy, a STEM pre-k to 8 school serving all three Catholic parishes in Parsippany.

Msgr. Tillyer also serves as president of the Riese Housing Corporations and Martin de Porres Village, which provides affordable housing to lower income senior citizens in Paterson and Passaic. Since 1970 he has been a board member of Straight and Narrow, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities. In 2017, Bishop Serratelli appointed him as president of the board of trustees of Catholic Charities.


Featured Speakers

Dr. Keith Verner
Chief Research Officer and Founder
Cognitive Learning Systems/LabLearner

Dr. Keith Verner received his degree in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell University. He began his research career with a fellowship at the University of Basel Biozentrum in Basel, Switzerland. It is in Basel where Dr. Verner learned first-hand the differences between US and European educational systems by teaching undergraduate students at the university and while his children attended Swiss public schools.

Dr. Verner returned to the US as a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He became Chief of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Learning and tenured Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Physiology. He was also appointed Associate Professor of Education in The Pennsylvania State University School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. While at Penn State, he began the BOLD (Biology of Learning and Development) research group, which brought together medical, scientific and public school experts to investigate the neurocognitive and neurological underpinnings of both general education and learning disabilities.

As a research scientist and university professor, Dr. Verner published numerous papers, articles, and books. Also, he received various research and teaching awards and was the recipient of the Penn State University Faculty Outreach Award for his work in public school science education. Dr. Verner testified, alongside Senator/astronaut John Glenn, in support of strengthening US precollege science education before Senator Ted Kennedy’s Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions.

In 2004 Dr. Verner left his faculty appointment to devote his time to the development and expansion of Cognitive Learning Systems, Inc. (CLS). Since that time, CLS has grown from its home in Pennsylvania and is now used in schools across the country. Dr. Verner heads research and development operations at CLS and is an author on two recent books about science education, neuroscience and STEM - The Way Forward and BrainSTEM: Understanding Why STEM-Infused Instruction Works.

Greg Dhuyvetter
Lead Consultant
Catholic School Management

Greg Dhuyvetter has enjoyed being one of the voices of the NCEA/STREAM movement, having presented keynote addresses at STREAM summer conferences in 2016 and 2014 as well as writing about STREAM for Momentum Magazine. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in Catholic education, serving as a teacher, administrator, and Superintendent of the Diocese of Orange, CA. From the earliest part of his career, Greg has been involved in educational reform, working with strategic planning, program development, faculty development, and ed-tech initiatives, trying to anticipate and create the new realities of education. He speaks regularly at the NCEA convention and the Catholic Leadership Summit.

Currently, Greg is Lead Consultant for Catholic School Management, where he works with schools all over the country, providing support in academic programs and other strategic initiatives.

Title II-A Funds

Title II-A Funds for professional development under the Every Student Succeeds Act may be available to attend the 2019 NCEA New Directions STREAM 3.0 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. The request must be made to the local school district office (LEA) that controls the government funding for these programs. The Preliminary Program will contain a sample justification letter for your use should you or your LEA office find it helpful. Please note that 76% of conference session content has been categorized as secular, non-religious content.

Corporate Partners

We are grateful to the following corporate partners for their generous financial support of STREAM 3.0.



Jennifer Stewart, CMP
Events Manager
(571) 206-1527

Pam Bernards, Ed.D.
Director of Professional Development
(571) 257-0022