The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Hosts the NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo, April 3 -5

Catholic school educators will take the time to expand their minds and renew their spirits.

Arlington, VA — Thousands of Catholic school educators and administrators will join the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at the NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo in Cincinnati, OH, April 3 – 5, hosted by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

NCEA President/CEO Dr. Thomas Burnford says, "Convention is great – I get to welcome thousands of wonderful Catholic school educators from all over the country and the world. We have three days packed with professional development for teachers, principals, pastors and superintendents who educate and form nearly two million Catholic school students in the United States."

In addition to all the convention has to offer, this year the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome, His Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, has accepted an invitation to attend the convention and will lead the opening liturgy on April 3.

Susan Gibbons, director of educational services and superintendent of Catholic schools for the archdiocese also heads the planning committee with co-chair Cindy Hardesty, regional director for eastern region and NW elementary schools. Ms. Gibbons said, "It is my pleasure to welcome all attendees to the 2018 NCEA Convention, within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and City of Cincinnati—all of which we trust will inspire and delight! Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are proud of our almost 200 years of providing excellence in Catholic education. We are honored to host our guests in the Queen City and provide NCEA a place for sharing best practices and faith formation and academics."

On Tuesday, April 3 at 3:15 PM, The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of Bridgeport, will give the keynote address. Bishop Caggiano will reflect on Pope Francis’ call to the "missionary option" in all ministries of the Church and how it applies to Catholic school education today.

A noted catechist, Bishop Caggiano is a member of the sub-committee on the catechism of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. In November 2013, he was appointed to a three-year term as episcopal advisor of The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.

The NCEA Convention & Expo is the largest, private-education association gathering in the country. Participants come from many avenues of Catholic school education, including elementary and secondary school teachers, superintendents, principals, presidents and board members. The event features more than 230 professional development sessions, carefully prepared daily liturgies, networking opportunities and an Expo Hall showcasing more than 260 of the latest educational products and services, including cutting-edge technology. The final program and convention highlights are available online.

The Expo Hall also will house must-have publications and professional development information at NCEA Central. Also inside the Expo Hall will be an area for small audiences to hear session speakers and author book signings. The Play Zone offers an opportunity to try out The Road to Bethlehem, an educational adventure game based on Catholic values, see the Lands’ End logo embroidery machine in action and experience the Integrated Schoolhouse Inc. maker environment.

As part of the convention festivities, the NCEA President’s Awards will be presented to five individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to Catholic education through innovation, advocacy, outreach and sheer dedication. This year a Special Recognition Award will be given posthumously. The awards, presented in the names of past NCEA presidents, C. Albert Koob, Msgr. John F. Meyers, Leonard F. DeFiore, Dr. Karen M. Ristau and Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, will be given to honorees who embody change and inspiration to further the mission of Catholic education. A special award banquet dinner will be held on Monday, April 2. The complete list of honorees can be viewed online.

At an award dinner on Tuesday, April 3, NCEA will honor 26 individuals and organizations with the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award for their deep commitment to excellence in Catholic school education. The honorees include distinguished teachers, principals, pastors, presidents, superintendents and organizations that demonstrate a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results. The list of awardees can be seen online.

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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.

NOTE: Press credentials will be issued to accredited media. Interested press must contact NCEA Public Relations Manager Margaret Kaplow, in advance of the conference, at mkaplow@ncea.org or 571-206-1533. Advance and onsite interviews will be available upon request.