2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference

June 18-20, 2018
The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel
3600 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The annual NCEA New Directions Conference is the foremost summer gathering dedicated to serving current elementary and secondary teachers and school leaders as well as diocesan leaders.  The 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference (Assessment 2018) will provide top level education to on how Catholic schools can implement a comprehensive assessment program to monitor student progress and inform decision-making regarding instructional programs.  Assessment 2018 will not only provide attendees with current practices in Assessment for the purpose of measuring students’ progress, but also as a means to share the “Good News” of student academic performance with the local community. Additionally, Assessment 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for networking with experts in the field of Assessment as well as Catholic school educators from across the country.

This conference will consist of professional development sessions, inspirational keynote/general sessions and networking opportunities. Exemplars of current best practices and assessment structures within Catholic schools will be shared. 

Topics include:

  • Assessment for Learning (Formative and Diagnostic)
  • Assessment of Learning (Summative)
  • Assessment as Learning (Assessment to further students learning)
  • Grading/Rubrics
  • Standards-based Grading and Report Cards
  • Progress Monitoring Assessment Strategies (including Benchmark/Interim Assessments)
  • Data Teams/PLC’s
  • Marketing Strategies Using Assessment Data

Registration and Housing

Registration and housing will open in spring of 2018. 


Target Audience

The 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference will attract Catholic elementary and secondary teachers, testing coordinators and school and diocesan leaders from around the country. 

Conference Sessions

The 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference will ultimately have 30 breakout sessions on topics such as formative, diagnostic and summative assessments, grading rubrics, standards-based grading and report cards, progress monitoring assessment strategies, marketing strategies using assessment data, ACRE/IFG and more. Proposals should be created with the target audience in mind and a clearly defined content focus area.

Eligibility for Submission

Potential speakers must be current or former Catholic educators (e.g. Principal, Teacher, Superintendent, Administrator, Coordinator, Consultant, etc...) or affiliates. Preference will be given to current NCEA members, however membership is not required.

Anyone who meets the eligibly requirements and submits a proposal is potentially eligible to present at the 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference. Successful proposals discuss pressing and current issues in Cathollic education as it releates to the topic of assessments. These presentations can be information, research-based, share best practices and/or provide resources.

Session Options

Format options for the 2018 NCEA New Directions Assessment Conference include breakout sessions, roundtable and panel discussions.  

Breakout Sessions 
are mostly lecture format with a brief discussion following.
Roundtable discussions are slightly more informal than other sessions. They are usually limited to short, general commentaries that will stimulate exchange between the audience and the moderators. Issues and ideas related to the field of Catholic school leadership will be broadly stated.  Feedback and discourse is expected from those attending the session.  It is a medium to introduce ideas, explore thoughts and search for answers to problems.
Panel discussions are designed to explain or involve various speakers from different institutions looking at the same topic from various angles. They do not include several speakers from one institution speaking on the same topic. If that is the format of your presentation, it will not be considered a panel and should be proposed as a breakout session.

All sessions will be either 60 or 90 minutes in length. Although NCEA will make every effort to honor your requested format option, NCEA may recommend an alternate format in order to accept as many proposals as possible. In that instance, speakers will be notified via e-mail. 

Important Dates

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday, December 15, 2017. Please note that only complete proposals will be considered and reviewed. 

Notifications of proposal status will be sent to all submitters in January, 2018.


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