Special Events

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Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards Dinner

NCEA has a longstanding tradition of honoring and recognizing excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education. We are happy to announce the second annual Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards to recognize the outstanding efforts, contributions and achievements on behalf of Catholic school education.  

The Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards will be presented at the NCEA 2017 Convention & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri at a special awards dinner on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Tickets may be purchased during registration or by logging into the registration resource center.  Please note that refunds will not be granted for cancelled tickets after Friday, March 24th.  

The last day to purchase tickets for the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards Dinner is March 31, 2017.  Please contact Lucy Shufflebarger at 571-257-0029 or via email at lshufflebarger@ncea.org with questions regarding ticket sales.

The 2017 Call for Nominations for this award is now closed.  We encourage you to consider nominating an individual, organization or team that you feel merits this important leadership award in future years.  

NCEA Lunch and Learn Events

All lunches will be held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel
Wednesday, April 19th
12:15 - 1:15 PM

In addition to the outstanding professional development sessions, the opportunities for networking and the exciting products and resources found in the Expo Hall, NCEA 2017 also offers several important special events designed to engage, inform and inspire Catholic educators in all areas.

By joining your colleagues at one of these special lunches on Wednesday, April 19, you will become part of a national conversation about the future of Catholic schools. What are our challenges? Our opportunities? How can we work together to grow together? 

Tickets may be purchased during registration or by logging into the registration resource center.  Please note that refunds will not be granted for tickets cancelled after Friday, March 24th. 

Elementary Administrators Lunch
Open to elementary (K-8) principals, presidents, assistant principals and other school administrators.
Sponsorship Opportunity Available 
Secondary Administrators Lunch
Open to secondary (9-12) principals, presidents, assistant principals and other school administrators.    
Sponsored by Sevenstar 
Boards, Pastors & Campus Ministers Lunch  

Open to school governing bodies including boards and councils as well as pastors. 

  Please note that the Boards, Pastors & Campus Ministers lunch has unfortunately been cancelled due to low attendance numbers
Teacher Lunch and Learn Sponsorship Opportunity Available 

Guests of these special events will:

  • Join the conversation started at the 2016 NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit about growth in enrollment, collaboration and the future of Catholic school education;
  • Discover specific action steps that you can take as a principal, board member or pastor, to help grow enrollment and strengthen Catholic schools;
  • Receive tools and resources including the annual infographic on Catholic school national statistics and data;
  • Share best practices with their Catholic school leader colleagues and discuss your specific needs with members of NCEA staff.

Educator Round Tables

Wednesday, April 19

The Educator Round Tables provide the Catholic School community with quality educational tools by creating a platform for educators and vendors to engage in meaningful dialogue through discussions about education products and services. 

Participants who are selected for a group will receive: one complementary lunch, a $50 gift certificate and an opportunity to win a $1000 scholarship toward their school.  In addition, participants will receive a retro-active discount toward their 2017 NCEA registration which will be applied after the Convention. Participants must be present at the Educator Round Table to receive any and all incentives offered. 

Participants will be asked to commit to up to a one hour in a session at the convention center and actively participate in the discussion group. Participating in this session does not obligate you to purchase any products or services.

Be a part of improving the long standing legacy of Catholic Education through meaningful dialogue with the nation’s top educators!   You may sign up for an Educator Round Table during registration, but hurry, space is limited!

Catholic Library Association Special Events

Be sure to sign up for the Catholic Library Association's Special Events that include the Opening & Awards Dinner on Tuesday evening and the popular Regina Medal Luncheon which will host author David A. Adler on Wednesday.  Click here to sign up!

NCEA 2017 Final Program
(Adobe PDF File)

Religious Education Assessments

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Important articles and best practices in the realm of Catholic education.


CLS 2018 Call for Proposals

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