Weekly Round Up 1/4/2019

Didn’t have the chance to check in with NCEA Talk each day? We’ve got you covered. Each Friday NCEA Talk will post a roundup of Catholic education news and resources from the week.

In case you missed it…

Open Wide Our Hearts

Happening Next Week

  • Participate in The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Creating on the Margins Contest, which helps schools and parishes engage youth in learning the root causes of poverty and the Church’s response. The theme of this year’s contest, “A Time to Heal Racism,” invites Catholic youth in grades 7-12 to engage with the theme of racism in an age-appropriate way. Youth will then work to educate others through creative work of any medium (e.g., video, song, painting, drama, poetry, etc.).

Major Announcements & Deadlines

  • Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools is January 29 – 30, 2019 during National Catholic Schools Week. Schools must personalize their giving pages no later than January 14, 2019. If you need your log-in information re-sent, please email giving@factsmgt.com.
  • Don’t forget to register for NCEA 2019, the largest private education gathering in the world!
  • Mark your calendars! The Institute for Catholic School Leadership (ICSL) will be July 14-17, 2019 in Indianapolis. Please check www.NCEA.org/icsl for details about this dynamic leadership conference!
  • Calling teacher leaders! Do you have an idea to address a perceived need in your school, district or state? The Teach to Lead® team is accepting idea submissions through January 28 for its 17th Teacher Leadership Summit, March 29 – 31 in Philadelphia, where teams will receive critical support to turn their ideas into action. Private school teachers are eligible to apply.
  • TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) is a one-day engineering competition for students in middle and high school. The 2019 competition theme is “The Engineering Brain” and is composed of three components related to the theme – designing and building a solution to a problem, rigorous math problems and an essay. All competitions occur between February 13 and March 17. Learn more on the TEAMS websiteSchools that are members of NCEA can use code NCEA to receive a 30% discount off of the national registration fee of $150. For more information, contact Jenn Glover, TEAMS Manager.
  • LAST CALL!! The NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Advisory Council Call for Applications will close at 11:59 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Please be sure to visit our website for more information and to submit an application. Feel free to share the details with those you believe have something to offer!
  • At this time, the 2019 Visions for Excellence Early Childhood Seminar on April 24 during the NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo is SOLD OUT. Please watch your email for information on the waiting list for this event!
  • The National Speak Up for Digital Learning Survey Project is open for participation through January 31, 2019. Learn more about this important program.

Relevant Resources

  • Melissa Johnson, a veteran Catholic school teacher, is the co-creator of the eLearning 10-lesson course, Understanding Racism. Read her outstanding blog on NCEA Talk called “Open Wide Our Hearts.” This is a crucial time in our nation’s history. We are witnesses to a disturbing rise in racist attitudes, expressions, and violence in American society.
  • Check out the Catholic Ed 4 All podcast hosted by Dr. Raul Escarpio. Dr. Escarpio explores serving exceptional learners in Catholic schools.
  • Download the “Who Are Exceptional Learners in Catholic Schools?” resource. Catholic education is rooted in the conviction that Jesus Christ provides the most comprehensive and compelling example of the realization of full human potential. From this emanates the belief that all students are exceptional in that they are made in the image and likeness of Christ and should have access to Catholic school education.
  • Check out our new and improved IFG: ACRE and Adult Survey programs.
  • The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the release of two toolkits which provide suggestions and resources for English Language (EL) learners utilizing technology-based resources,
  • Maximize Federal Benefits Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides helpful information for Catholic schools in understanding the ESSA.