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NCEA Stands With Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters To Condemn All Acts Of Hate

Prayers of consolation for the congregation, families and community of Tree of Life Synagogue.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) denounces violence in all forms and expressly stands united with the Jewish community as it begins to heal from the weekend’s violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

In unison with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), NCEA implores all those with political power to “confront the plague of gun violence” and to starkly condemn the use of violence and hate to settle political, racial and religious differences.

Please pray for all the victims and their families, including the wounded, the first responders and the surrounding community of Squirrel Hill, PA.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) shares the following resources to help families and educators make sense out of the horrific and tragic event that took place on October 27.

Nominations Open for #NCEA19 Social Media Influencer Contest!

Are you a teacher who is committed to Catholic school education and eager to grow your social media network?  Are you already or have the desire to become an established social media influencer? If you answered yes to either of those questions, make sure to fill out the application form today!

NCEA is pleased to continue the Social Media Influencer Contest for its third year to help one social savvy Catholic school teacher travel and attend the NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo. The nomination period will be open from July 27 – September 7, 2018.

Teachers from any NCEA member school are invited to apply. Individuals must submit an entry form for themselves to be eligible for the competition. All participants must have an active Twitter account to cross-promote their social media posts. Themes will be shared with participants prior to the contest start. Entrants must send a list of all social media platforms they intend to use, including usernames and links of the accounts and sites they wish to utilize. NCEA will highlight all selected individuals and their bios on NCEA Talk the Blog the week prior to the contest start date. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM EDT September 7, 2018.

Click here to nominate yourself today!

Please compile submission materials before beginning the application*

  • Name of Applicant
  • Title/Position of Applicant
  • School Name the Applicant works at
  • Name of Arch/Diocese the Applicant’s school resides
  • Email of the Applicant
  • Intended social media handles of the Applicant
  • School’s NCEA Membership Number (if known)
  • Applicant’s photo
  • Essay – In 500 words or less, please include why you would like to participate in the Social Media Influencer Contest. Be creative!

How it works:

For ten weeks, NCEA will follow the progress of up to 10 Catholic school teachers who are making their own mark in the social realm of Catholic education. NCEA will provide a topic for each week and each participant will use social media to share, engage and inspire the online community.

The contest is open to those who are seasoned in social networking as well as those who are newcomers – no prior experience necessary – just the drive to be creative in the social media world! Entrants MUST participate using Twitter with the use of additional platforms optional, but preferred. Additional platforms include but are not limited to; Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogs, Periscope, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat and/or other.*

The selected Catholic school social media influencers will begin their online networking on September 24, 2018 and continue for ten weeks. NCEA will be active in their efforts to increase their following, spread their messages and spur their engagement via cross promotion of their social strategies.  All entrants must follow @NCEATalk on Twitter and cross promote their social media presence using hashtag: #CathEdSocial

Judging Criteria:

A judging team made up of NCEA staff and Catholic school education professionals will be evaluating all the participants in the following areas: relevance to weekly theme, engagement with audience, presentation, use of images and video, and overall excellence. Halfway through the contest, all participants will be updated on the current rankings. A winner will be selected on or around December 19, 2018.

Prizes:

  • 1st Place: Registration for NCEA 2019 paid for by NCEA, 2 nights stay at a nearby hotel and $500 Gift Card* towards travel and other NCEA 2019 expenses.
  • Runner-Up: Registration for NCEA 2019 paid for by NCEA.
  • Third place participant receives a $100 NCEA gift certificate to be used at the NCEA Store.

For questions and additional information, please contact Ryan Lombardozzi, NCEA Social Media Coordinator at RLombardozzi@ncea.org.


After the competition, NCEA reserves the right to share any and all social media postings the competitors publish in the NCEA Learning Resource Library. Full credit will be given to the social media influencer.

*This contest is no way affiliated with any of the aforementioned social media networks. Only Catholic school teachers from NCEA member schools are eligible to apply.

NCEA Consulting Services and Speakers Bureau

Catholic education leaders are facing tough decisions about the future of their schools. Whether you are grappling with the strategic planning process, need to evaluate current programs or develop new initiatives, cultivate effective school boards, improve school culture, increase advancement efforts, institute staff evaluation and growth processes, access technology priorities or learn to use analytics to support student outcomes and increase student retention, we can help.

Executive Mentorship and Coaching

The Executive Mentoring and Coaching Program is designed to meet the needs of Catholic school principals, presidents, superintendents and school boards. This comprehensive program is tailored to address specific and localized requirements of school leadership.

Our Executive Mentoring and Coaching Program utilizes the talents and experience of both NCEA senior staff and consultants from across the country. Each administrator is carefully paired with an executive mentor/coach who has the expertise in your identified areas of need.

School Finance

Financial sustainability is crucial for Catholic schools to sustain long-term academic excellence and operational vitality. NCEA partners with Catholic institutions to enhance financial acumen, advise and implement sound financial strategies.

Through our partnership with FACTS Management, our consultants help to ensure resources are aligned with your strategic plans to provide for long-term success in your school(s).

Knowledge of Faith and Spiritual Formation (diocesan and/or schools)

The formation of school leaders and faculty is essential to building a strong Religious Education program and nurturing a dynamic faith community. The student Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) and adult (catechist) Information for Growth (IFG) assess cognitive and effective responses to the Catholic faith through the lens of the Six Tasks of Catechesis. The administration and analysis of these assessments provide data to inform principal and faculty (catechist) professional development and formation programs tailored to the needs of the diocese and/or school.

Speakers Bureau

The NCEA Speakers Bureau offers professional development presented by field and content experts. Our speakers engage audiences with relevant and empowering content. As champions of Catholic education, our consultants will build a rapport with the audience that will inspire commitment and growth.

We can connect your Catholic school faculty and staff with NCEA experts on an array of topics in a variety of formats:

  • Keynotes
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshop and seminars
  • Retreats
  • Webinars

How Can We Help You?

If you would like to learn more about NCEA’s consulting services or speakers bureau, we invite you to contact us at (571) 257-0010 to talk to a consultant at no cost or obligation or via email at consulting@ncea.org. An NCEA team member will speak with you to learn more about your diocesan/school needs and discuss the scope of services available. Together, we will develop a service plan specifically designed for you, our client and partner in Catholic education.​​

NCEA President/CEO Distributes Student to Student Funds in Puerto Rico

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) would like to express its ongoing gratitude for the member schools that were so generous during the Student to Student campaign, which raised over $675,000 toward hurricane relief for Catholic schools in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In addition, California Catholic schools received a portion of those funds to be used for clean-up and restoration following the wildfires there.

Recently, NCEA President/CEO Dr. Thomas Burnford delivered a check for $203,066 to Catholic schools in Puerto Rico. The funds are helping schools that struggled to recover from severe damage while educating children in classrooms with no electricity. There has been a tremendous outpouring of thanks from the teachers and students who have benefited from the assistance. A number of the letters and cards are posted here, as well as photographs documenting Dr. Burnford’s visit to Puerto Rico.

 

Here’s how Catholic schools instill self-discipline

The following article was contributed by Dr. Thomas Burnford, president/CEO of NCEA.

To anyone who has attended or sent their children to a Catholic school, or worked in one, the findings of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s study Self-Discipline and Catholic Schools: Evidence from Two National Cohorts are no surprise. Catholic schools are dedicated to educating the whole child—mind, body and spirit—with a focus on the development of intellect, personhood, and relationships. Those foci are evident in the study’s major findings: Catholic school students exhibit more self-control and self-discipline and are less likely to act out or be disruptive than students in other private or public schools.

Why do Catholic school students attain more self-discipline than their peers at other schools? There are several reasons:

  1. The transmission of the Catholic understandings of freedom, happiness, and moral objectivity are taught to children at a young age. Happiness, Catholics believe, is the fruit of living with the personal freedom that is the foundation for the pursuit of virtue-guided morality. Catholics believe that teaching morality in accordance with Gospel values enables all members in a Catholic school community to show self-discipline and respect for oneself, for others, and for all of creation. Judeo-Christian virtues such as kindness, humility, and diligence are not only explicitly taught in Catholic schools, but they shape the foundation and backdrop for everything that happens in those schools. The mission of Catholic schools is to foster scholarly achievement and responsible behavior, concepts that are complimentary, not mutually exclusive.
  2. Catholic schools partner with parents who are the primary educators of their children. The school collaborates with parents and guardians in promoting the values that are begun at home and fostered and celebrated in the schools. Catholic schools strive to create connections among students, the family, the school, and the church so that all share in belonging to a caring faith community. This partnership enables students to see and emulate healthy relationships that promote inclusion and encourage students to be responsible, responsive, compassionate, and empathetic to the beliefs, feelings, and needs of others.
  3. The Catholic school is a community of faith that encourages reverence, respect, and concern for others in a spirit of hospitality that welcomes all, regardless of their religious traditions. Catholic schools create a supportive and challenging climate that affirms the dignity of all persons as children of the same God. Catholic schools teach students how to live in relationship with one another and to be kind and accepting of others rather than exclude them. Catholic schools live community values by promoting collaboration and teamwork among students in classroom activities that develop habits of listening, valuing other opinions, and personal responsibility. Self-discipline, rather than the harsh caricatures of Catholic school discipline of yesteryears, is the goal and hallmark of Catholic school culture.

What can other schools learn from this “Catholic School Effect”? Catholic educators, following the example of Jesus Christ, care deeply about their students and their intellectual, human, and spiritual development. Teachers are role models who share their faith, time, and talents while creating educational environments that are warm, trust-filled, and encouraging. Though Catholic school teachers may publicly and explicitly reference faith as motivation, all teachers can and should attempt to create a “values-based” environment that helps students develop social and relationship skills that can mirror much of the Catholic school ethos. But if parents do want a faith-based environment for their children, why shouldn’t they be supported in exercising that choice?

As the Fordham study says, Catholic schools in particular are doing something meaningful in the realm of self-discipline… To the extent that school choice programs can widen access to great schools—Catholic or otherwise—that boost academic performance and self-discipline, they deserve our eternal support.

Test scores on NAEP, SAT, and other national assessments prove that academically Catholic school students consistently outperform their public school counterparts, and now we welcome this study’ additional validation of the mission of Catholic schools: To form students in faith, to help them grow in knowledge, and to teach the students to show their love of God through service to others.

We should not underestimate the power of religion to positively influence a child’s behavior—and shouldn’t restrict families’ support of choice in schooling on the basis of religion. The National Catholic Educational Association, as well other Catholic and religious organizations, support the full and fair parental range of school options for everyone. While we will continue to be supportive of parental/school choice for all, we are pleased to share the good-news conclusions of the Fordham study about the priceless treasure that is Catholic education—academic excellence, faith formation, and service to the common good of society.

To view the original article, click here.

How Is Your NCEA 2019 Proposal Coming Along?

 

NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo
Chicago, IL
April 23-25, 2019
Open Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Close Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2018

Welcome to the NCEA 2019 Call for Proposals Website. With this system, you can submit a proposal for a session at NCEA 2019. The information below has been developed to assist you in developing a proposal for NCEA 2019. For additional information, please refer to the resources and questions section located at the bottom of the page. Good Luck!

NCEA 2019 Selection Process

  • Proposals must be submitted via speaker management system prior to June 4, 2018.
  • The selection process involves a review of every completed proposal by external and internal committees.

 NCEA 2019 Proposals Criteria

  • Proposal is completed and submitted by June 4, 2018.
  • Proposal identifies two well-written actionable learning objectives.
  • Proposal clearly explains the narrative background and the description of the session, including multiple interactive strategies to engage participants, such as peer-to-peer components, large and small group discussions, brainstorming, and case study analysis.
  • Proposal has current, practical, and/or innovative content.
  • Proposal has an appropriate learning level for the audience and topic.
  • Completed proposals include speaker’s/speakers’ contact information, session title, actionable learning objectives, narrative background, and session description.
  • Completed proposals include, but are not limited to, other required questions on the proposal, which may include tracks, topic area, subtopics, target audiences, internet usage, and session format.

Tips for Writing a Proposal

  • Topics should appeal to a wide range of interests in Catholic education.
  • Please select a title that clearly describes your session.
  • Use action verbs to describe exactly what will occur during the session.
  • Describe specific presentation techniques that will be utilized during the session, such as lecture, small or large group discussion, case study analysis, etc.
  • Describe the key concepts that will be presented in the session.
  • Describe the best practices that will be shared with participants.

Session Formats

  • Theater: Seating arrangement where chairs are arranged in rows facing head table, stage or speaker.
  • Classroom: Seating arrangement in which rows of tables with chairs face the front of a room and each person has a space for writing.
  • Banquet Rounds: Seating arrangement where typically a grouping of rounds is set in such a way as to facilitate discussion with tablemates.

Learning Level Definitions

  • All: The content is appropriate for all participants.
  • Novice: New to the topic or professional role
  • Intermediate: Somewhat knowledgeable and experienced in the topic or the professional role
  • Advanced: Highly-knowledgeable or experienced in the topic or professional role

Additional Information & Resources 

  • Emails regarding the selection of your proposal will be sent from events@ncea.org.
  • NCEA reserves the right to edit all proposal information.
  • Sessions may be listed in the preliminary program, final program, Momentum, and other NCEA publications or social media.
  • Speakers are requested to upload their PowerPoint, handouts, and biography on the NCEA 2019 mobile app and, if requested, the NCEA Resource Library.
  • For questions regarding technical issues, please contact Thomas Pigg or Jennifer Stewart.
  • For information on NCEA member benefits or how to become a member of NCEA, please visit www.NCEA.org.

List of Tracks and Topics

Recognize an Outstanding Catholic School Student Today!

NCEA, in partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, is excited to launch the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award call for nominations! This award program recognizes Catholic school students whose service, innovation and commitment to social justice are changing the world. The nominee should embody missionary discipleship in their faithful leadership and service to others. One nomination may be submitted per school and must be submitted by a faculty member with approval of the principal.

The 2018 Call for Nominations is now open!

Completed nomination forms for the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award must be received no later than September 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Please compile the following items BEFORE beginning the application:

  • Parent contact information and consent
  • Supporting documentation of the student nominee’s initiative
  • Brief abstract of the project or initiative for which the student is being recognized
  • Three letters of reference supporting the student nominee

This NCEA program is sponsored through the generosity and support of Cross Catholic Outreach, who believes in and celebrates the young people in our Catholic schools who are making a profound difference even at a young age to a myriad of underserved constituencies.

For more information or if you have additional questions about the Youth Virtue, Valor and Vision Award program, contact Andrea Chavez-Kopp at akopp@ncea.org.

NCEA Website Down for Maintenance Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Please be advised that the National Catholic Educational Association website (www.NCEA.org) will be down for maintenance on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. This will occur in conjunction with an upgrade to our web servers and software. The website will return to normal operation on or before  Wednesday, May 9.

While the main website is unavailable on May 8, you will still be able to complete certain tasks:

Please let us know if you have questions about specific items that may be unavailable during this necessary upgrade. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
The NCEA Marketing Communications Team

NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo Call for Proposals Now Open!

NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo
Chicago, IL
April 23-25, 2019
Open Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Close Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2018

The information below has been developed to assist you in developing a proposal for NCEA 2019.  For additional information, please refer to the resources and questions section located at the bottom of the page.  Good Luck!

NCEA 2019 Selection Process

  • Proposals must be submitted via speaker management system prior to June 4, 2018.
  • The selection process involves a review of every completed proposal by external and internal committees

 NCEA 2019 Proposals Criteria

  • Proposal is completed and submitted by June 4, 2018.
  • Proposal identifies two well-written actionable learning objectives.
  • Proposal clearly explains the narrative background and the description of the session, including multiple interactive strategies to engage participants, such as peer-to-peer components, large and small group discussions, brainstorming, and case study analysis.
  • Proposal has current, practical, and/or innovative content.
  • Proposal has an appropriate learning level for the audience and topic.
  • Completed proposals include speaker’s(s) contact information, session title, actionable learning objectives, narrative background, and session description.
  • Completed proposals include but are not limited to Completed proposals include, but are not limited to other required questions on the proposal, which may include tracks, topic area, subtopics, target audiences, internet usage, and session format.

Tips for Writing a Proposal

  • Topics should appeal to a wide range of interests in Catholic education.
  • Please select a title that clearly describes your session.
  • Use action verbs to describe exactly what will occur during the session.
  • Describe specific presentation techniques that will be utilized during the session, such as lecture, small or large group discussion, case study analysis, etc.
  • Describe the key concepts that will be presented in the session.
  • Describe what best practices that will be shared with participants.

Session Formats

  • Theatre: Seating arrangement where chairs are arranged in rows facing head table, stage or speaker.
  • Classroom: Seating arrangement in which rows of tables with chairs face the front of a room and each person has a space for writing.
  • Banquet Rounds: Seating arrangement where typically a grouping of rounds is set in such a way as to facilitate discussion with tablemates.

Learning Level Definitions

  • All: The content is appropriate for all participants.
  • Novice: New to the topic or professional role
  • Intermediate: Somewhat knowledgeable and experienced in the topic or the professional role
  • Advanced: Highly-knowledgeable or experienced in the topic or professional role

Additional Information & Resources 

  • Emails regarding the selection of your proposal will be sent from events@ncea.org
  • NCEA reserves the right to edit all proposal information.
  • Sessions may be listed in the preliminary program, final program, Momentum, and other NCEA publications or social media.
  • Speakers are requested to upload their PowerPoint, handouts, and biography on the NCEA 2019 mobile app and, if requested, the NCEA Resource Library.
  • For questions regarding technical issues, please contact Thomas Pigg tpigg@ncea.org or Jennifer Stewart jstewart@ncea.org.
  • For information on NCEA member benefits or how to become a member of NCEA, please visit www.NCEA.org.

Vatican’s Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, His Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, to Attend NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo

Cardinal Versaldi will bring greetings from Pope Francis to thousands of Catholic school educators and leaders gathered in Cincinnati, OH.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) joyfully announces that the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, His Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, has accepted an invitation to attend the NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo in Cincinnati, OH.

We are honored that His Eminence Cardinal Versaldi will attend the 2018 Convention & Expo,” said NCEA President/CEO Dr. Thomas Burnford. “Thousands of our members will have this great opportunity to hear the greetings and blessings Cardinal Versaldi will carry from the Holy See.

Cardinal Versaldi said, “I am happy to join NCEA and thousands of Catholic school educators, especially to encourage the missionary turning point requested by His Holiness Pope Francis also in the field of education in schools.

Cardinal Versaldi will lead the opening Mass on April 3. He heads one of the major departments in the Roman Curia, divided into two main sections. The first section oversees about 1,350 Catholic universities and institutions of higher education in the world today, and nearly 700 ecclesiastical institutions, of which 300 are ecclesiastical faculties. The second section oversees all 139,000 Catholic schools with 53,316,000 Catholic school students and educational institutes that are dependent on ecclesiastical authorities.

Cardinal Versaldi was born in Villarboit, the province of Vercelli, northern Italy. After entering the local seminary there, he was ordained in 1967. He then did pastoral work before being sent to Rome to study at the Jesuit-run Gregorian University, where he obtained a degree in psychology and a doctorate in Canon Law. He returned to Vercelli where he set up a diocesan family counselling center, promoted the family apostolate and served as a parish priest.

While still working in the Archdiocese of Vercelli, in 1980 he was invited to teach Canon Law and psychology at the Gregorian University. Once back in the eternal city, he established a relationship with the Roman Rota that lasted many years and eventually led to his appointment as a member of the Supreme Council of the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal) in 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Versaldi as bishop of the Archdiocese of Vercelli 2007, where he had been vicar-general since 1994. In September 2011 the His Holiness Pope Benedict appointed him as President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and appointed him cardinal at the consistory in 2012. Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Versaldi to Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2015.

More information on NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo is available online.