A Message from NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC
Dear NCEA Members,
It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another academic year. The time has passed quickly, but I am confident that each of you can look back at these past nine months with a great sense of pride in all that you have accomplished. I hope you also reflect on the year with a deep sense of gratitude for your vocation as Catholic educators. You have had a profound impact on the lives of students and parents, colleagues and administrators, and I want to express my sincere gratitude to each of you for all you have done to enrich the lives of others. I hope that you will use the months ahead to refresh and renew yourself personally and professionally.
If you have not yet planned any summer professional development, NCEA offers several opportunities:
Our Blended Learning Symposium will take place in Santa Clara, CA on June 22-24. Blended learning is an instructional model that uses online technology to enrich and improve the learning process. Teams of teachers will develop lessons blending technology and traditional teaching methods to promote critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity in our students.
Digital discipleship takes the forefront at Wisdom and Witness Symposium, June 25-27 in Dayton, OH. This three-day learning symposium brings together national experts and practitioners to focus on Catholic identity, vocation awareness, social justice, and more. This year’s event will highlight best practices using technology to enhance the communication and collaboration skills of religious educators in teaching the Catholic faith.
NCEA is once again pleased to partner with St. Catherine College in sponsoring the Education Law Symposium, July 16-19, in Louisville, KY. This year’s program offers a wide variety of presentations on the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry. It is important to start the school year informed on legal topics that impact our day to day work.
As a professional membership organization, NCEA is committed to keeping you informed, energized and inspired in your work. We hope that you will consider attending one of these programs. If you cannot, be assured that more wonderful offerings are planned for the year ahead.
With prayers and gratitude,