Catholic School Leaders Gather to Share Ideas

Newport, Rhode Island hosts Catholic school leaders.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) held its annual Catholic Leadership Summit in the Diocese of Providence in Newport, RI, from October 19 – 23. Rarely do education leaders have the opportunity to spend quality time with each other, but for four days more than 300 Catholic school leaders from around the country found time for reflection, discussion, camaraderie and professional development.

With the coastal community of Newport as the backdrop, Catholic school superintendents, principals, presidents and diocesan leaders engaged in targeted sessions on topics such as financial management, improving academic achievement, strategic planning, public policy and much more. In particular, sessions on school choice helped outline a path to action with information on National School Choice Week, January 26 – February 1, which coincides with National Catholic Schools Week. Educators and leaders can use that week as a springboard to support school choice as a group on Capitol Hill at an advocacy day following the NCEA 2020 Convention & Expo, April 14 – 16, 2020, in Baltimore, MD.

In addition, the group learned about the association’s target initiatives to address:

  • Strengthening current Catholic schools dealing with various enrollment levels
  • Developing and implementing new strategies for leadership challenges
  • Identifying, supporting and promoting innovation schools, such as STEM, and inclusion

More than 340 participants heard about new Catholic schools recently built in Baltimore, MD, and Bismarck, ND. They discussed best practices surrounding enrollment increases in places around the nation such as Canton, OH, Lafayette, LA, Albany, NY, Butte, MT, St. Paul-Minneapolis and Green Bay, WI, to name a few. Plans are already underway for next year when the Catholic Leadership Summit will be in Portland, OR, October 24 - 28, 2020.

As a member organization providing professional development, NCEA seeks ways, such as the Catholic Leadership Summit and the Convention & Expo, to help all Catholic school educators to carry out their ministries to God’s children and to provide support for the leaders of Catholic school education to help strengthen their common purpose of mission and servant leadership.

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In service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA strengthens Catholic school communities by providing professional development, formation, leadership and advocacy.