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NCEA In the News – WAMU

WAMU recently shared a story. “Catholic Schools In D.C. Adapt To Lower Budgets, Changing Requirements” by Kavitha Cardoza

Many Catholic schools have also started innovating. Some have developed networks of schools where they share administrators to keep costs down. Others have students work one day a week to help pay for their tuition. And Catholic Universities are partnering with schools to provide professional development and fundraising. Whether all these efforts will work is still unclear, but school leaders at St. Thomas Moore say they’re trying their best to keep the faith.

To listen to the story, including an interview with NCEA’s President Brother Robert Bimonte, please click here.

NCEA Announces Outstanding Catholic Education Leaders to be Honored at the 25th Annual Seton Awards Gala


NCEA Seton honorees serve as role models and visionaries in service to their communities and to Catholic education

NCEA will honor individuals and organizations with the NCEA Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award on October 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  The Seton Award celebrates the honorees’ lifelong devotion to Catholic education.

“Outstanding support and service to Catholic education in communities throughout the country is alive and well,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte. “Tonight’s exceptional honorees are among the champions serving our nation’s youth and proclaiming the good news of Catholic education. This 25th Anniversary of the Seton Awards is a landmark event for our members as NCEA continues to recognize distinguished individuals and organizations within our Catholic communities who emulate Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s dedication to Catholic education. “

Named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching and children, the Seton Award is presented annually to individuals and organizations whose support and service impacts Catholic education and the well-being of our nation’s youth.  In addition, Seton honorees have a scholarship presented in their honor to a deserving Catholic school student in their local community.

The 2015 NCEA Seton Award Honorees include:

The Archdiocese of Washington: From the first mass held in the original 13 colonies in 1634 on St. Clement’s Island in St. Mary’s County to today’s more than 620,000 Catholics, 95 Catholic schools and over 27,000 Catholic school students, the Archdiocese of Washington embraces a range of vital services. The Archdiocese also is one of the largest private social service providers in the region with Catholic Charities, Victory Housing and the Spanish Catholic Center, delivering counseling, shelter, adoption and foster care assistance, health care, immigration and legal aid, affordable housing and more to thousands through archdiocesan staff and volunteers.

Robert B. Catell: Chairman, Futures In Education which supports Catholic Education in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens; and Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, which provides quality college preparatory education to inner city youngsters. Mr. Catell is recognized as single-handily providing quality Catholic education to thousands of youngsters throughout New York City.  He is also a board member of Tomorrow’s Hope, which supports Catholic education in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. His passion and support for Catholic education today serves to ensure it for future generations.

Edward and Ellen Hanway: Chairman, Faith In The Future Foundation, Mr. Hanway and his wife Ellen’s vision has brought new life to quality education, identity and culture in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Hanways have focused on supporting Catholic school students and have been instrumental in helping disadvantaged students who desire a Catholic education.

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde: Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, Bishop Loverde has dedicated himself and steered the diocese to focus on education, charity and addressing the multicultural needs of our area. Bishop Loverde considers his responsibility to the diocese to be his “duty and calling by God to encourage and teach the Faith to those who need it, with the gentle patience that each of God’s children may need.”

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE): For more than 20 years, ACE founders, Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C. and Rev. Sean McGraw C.S.C., have worked extensively to build upon the work they began in 1993 to strengthen Catholic schools with a group of forty young, highly-talented new teachers. Now, with an array of initiatives focused on recruiting and forming the next generation of Catholic school teachers and leaders, expanding access to families who desire a Catholic education, enhancing Catholic school operational vitality, and building a field of Catholic educational research, ACE’s graduates and programs have reached 70% of US dioceses, 412 Catholic schools, and more than 180,000 children.

NCEA President’s Award Honoree:

Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D.: Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Education at St. John’s University and Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Catholic Schools. Dr. Krebbs’ 40 years of service in Catholic education has been the hallmark of professional development and partnerships with Catholic school higher education to train principals and teachers.  Dr. Krebbs is a gifted educator and speaker who has influenced Catholic education throughout the United States.

The NCEA Seton honorees will be honored at the 25th Annual Seton Awards Gala at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2015. For more information, visit:  To obtain press credentials, please contact NCEA Public Relations Manager Margaret Kaplow at

NCEA Prayer Service for a New School Year

Every Monday, NCEA staff starts the week off together in prayer. This week, we prayed in particular for the start of a new school year:

As we gather here today and Catholic schools in our diocese being classes for the 2015-201 academic year, we take time to pause, and become aware of the presence of God here with us this morning.

We thank God

  • For the energy we have gained during the summer months.
  • For each other: for the colleagues we know already and have worked with, and for new colleagues whom we have welcomed over the past few months.
  • For the teachers, principals, presidents, pastors, board members, superintendents and all those committed to the mission and ministry of Catholic school education we will meet during the coming academic school year.

We pray that we will always be mindful of each other; and thank for the gifts and talents of each other, which we commit in service of our members.

NCEA in the News – Education Week

Education Week recently shared the story “Catholic Schools Add ‘R’ for Religion to Turn STEAM to STREAM” by Jackie Zubrzycki

“The Holy Father has spoken about protecting our environment and our moral responsibility to be stewards of this world,” Gossart said. “If he was teaching in a classroom, we’d want him to wear a STREAM shirt. He’s preaching the interrelationship and interdependency we all have.”

To read the full article, please click here.

NCEA is sending a deserving Catholic school teacher to NCEA 2016 Convention and Expo!


Do you know a teacher who is committed to Catholic school education and eager to grow in his or her professional development? Nominate them today!

How it works:

Nomination Round — Schools must submit a Nomination Form to nominate a deserving teacher who they believe should be sent to NCEA 2016. Up to five teachers per school may be nominated; only one teacher from a school may be included in the final 64 bracket. NCEA will accept the first 200 nominations, at which time NCEA will review the nominations and select the final 64 teachers for the voting rounds. Nominations close September 10, 2015.

Click here to nominate someone today!

Voting Rounds — Beginning September 14, NCEA will open a bracket-style challenge on our Facebook page for fans to vote for the winning teacher. Voting rounds will last for the duration of one week intervals over six weeks. Leverage your efforts by asking students, staff, family, friends and other community members to vote for your school’s teacher. Only one vote per Facebook user is allowed per voting period. The winner will be announced on or around Monday, October 26, 2015.

Prizes –
• 1st Place: Registration for NCEA 2016 paid for by NCEA, 2 nights stay at a nearby hotel and $500 Gift Card* towards travel and other NCEA 2016 expenses.
• Runner-Up: Registration for NCEA 2016 paid for by NCEA.
• Final 4 participants receive $100 NCEA gift certificate* to be used at the NCEA Store. *Gift card and certificate to be awarded at the NCEA 2016 Convention.

Contest Rules — Age restrictions for voting: 13 years of age with a valid Facebook account. Nomination restrictions for entrants: Only teachers from an NCEA member Catholic school are eligible.

NCEA in the News – Convene


Convene recently shared the story “How One Association is Reinventing Its Outdated Education Model” by Michelle Russell

Instead of trying to be all things to all people, the association is scaling back on the number of sessions offered and on the audiences it serves at its annual meeting to focus more on its core members — Catholic school leaders and teachers, said Patrick Lofton, NCEA’s executive vice president.

To read the full article, including the 11 ways NCEA is retooling its educational offerings, please click here.

Monthly Message from NCEA President – August 2015


The days of summer have passed quickly. It seems like only yesterday that we were saying goodbye to our students and now we are getting ready to welcome new students and a new school year! Endings and beginnings – the cycle of life!

NCEA is excited for this new school year and all that it brings for Catholic schools. As educators in the classroom get their lesson plans together and administrators finalize their calendars, here are a few reminders about what’s to come in the near future:

September 1 is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Pope Francis has established this day to highlight global environmental concerns. Join the community of Catholic schools as they pledge and share their commitment to the environment through conservation, service and prayer.

September 22 – 25 is the Eighth World Meeting of Families. NCEA will be attending the gathering to share resources and information to attendees at the event and provide online resources and social media opportunities for Catholic school educators nationwide.. For those also planning on attending the gathering join NCEA at a special panel event “Going to the Outskirts: A Call to Catholic Educators” on Friday, September 25. Please visit to learn more.

September 26 – 27 Pope Francis will be closing the World Meeting of Families with a visit to Philadelphia. Pope Francis will also be visiting New York City and Washington, D.C. NCEA is grateful to Pope Francis for his continued support of Catholic school and Catholic educators worldwide. Join us as we pray for him during this landmark visit.

October 5 marks the 25th Anniversary  of the NCEA Seton Awards Gala that will take place in D.C. This annual event raises fund to support NCEA’s research, leadership development and advocacy programs that support Catholic school educators and students. For more information, please visit

October 17 – 18 & October 18 – 21 brings leaders in Catholic school education together for NCEA’s Superintendent Academy and Catholic Leadership Summit in Atlanta. We look forward to providing professional developing sessions, inspirational keynotes and networking opportunities for our diocesan leaders.

As always, please continue to follow NCEA on Facebook /NCEAorg and Twitter @NCEATalk, for real-time updates on all that is happening at NCEA, as well as to connect and share with your fellow Catholic school educators.

Going to the Outskirts: A Call to Catholic Educators

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The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will be attending the Eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September!  In addition to sharing resources and information to attendees at the event, NCEA will also be providing online resources and social media opportunities for Catholic school educators nationwide. Please visit to learn more.

For those planning a trip for the gathering, please also plan to join NCEA as we continue the conversation after the World Meeting of Families!  In response to Pope Francis’s call to witness by “going to the outskirts,” NCEA will host a panel of experts to explore the gifts and challenges this brings to Catholic education in the 21st century.

Going to the Outskirts: A Call to Catholic Educators” will take place Friday, September 25, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m. at West Catholic Preparatory High School (4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). Tickets are $15 (per person) or $50 (for group of four + $10 for each additional person) and advanced registration is required.  Reserve your space today!

Whether attending WMOF or following from home, don’t forget to follow the conversation using #NCEAatWMOF.

NCEA Appoints New Assistant Directors to Develop New and Innovative Programs for Catholic School Educators

Professional Development and Leadership Teams will work to refocus NCEA mission to Lead, Learn and Proclaim for Catholic schools

NCEA announces the appointment of two new assistant directors. Marcella “Mickie” Abatemarco will serve as the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Annette Jones will serve as the Assistant Director of Leadership Development. With the appointment of these new positions, NCEA will continue its commitment to Catholic school education and refocus its mission to lead, learn and proclaim.
“We are delighted to welcome new staff who will bring their gifts to enhance the mission of NCEA to Lead, Learn and Proclaim,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte. “Working in collaboration with our new teams, Mickie and Annette will provide leadership for Catholic school educators by developing new programs, services and resources for our members.”
As the Assistant Director of Professional Development, Mickie Abatemarco will work with the Professional Development Team to assist with the implementation and oversight of professional development programs and services, as well as develop online tools and resources for preschool, elementary, and secondary teachers who serve Catholic schools.
In acknowledgement of her appointment, Mickie says, “I look forward to supporting teachers in Catholic education as they work to bring the gospel message to those they teach.”
As the Assistant Director of Leadership Development, Annette Jones will work with the Leadership Development Team to assist with the development of programs, services, and resources for the ongoing professional development of current Catholic school leaders, as well as the preparation and development of the next generation of Catholic school leaders.
“NCEA has embraced innovative leadership to enhance the mission of our Catholic schools and parishes.  As the Assistant Director of Leadership, I am thrilled to serve in this role and look forward to creating supportive programs and working collaboratively with school leaders, including principals, pastors and presidents, governing bodies, as well as superintendents,” said Annette.
Mickie came to NCEA in October 2012 as the associate executive director for the Religious Education Department. In this role, she was responsible for recruiting and supporting NCEA’s Religious Education Assessment tool, and for conducting assessment workshops to educate members across the country. She also was responsible for managing recruitment for the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors (NPCD), supporting its members and planning the yearly NPCD Convocation. Prior to her work at NCEA, Mickie brings extensive experience working in Catholic schools and parishes both as a teacher and religious educator.
Annette brings a history of collaborative and visionary leadership that yielded to two National Blue Ribbon Schools. She most recently served as principal at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School in Fishers, Indiana, where she spearheaded innovative strategies to advance curriculum and technology at the school; and prior to that as principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Indianapolis, in which her leadership at both schools was recognized with the National Blue Ribbon School Award. In 2010 she was recognized as the District #5 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Principals. In 2007 she was a Senator William Fulbright Scholar to Finland; and she has extensive international experience through collaborative partnerships with administrators and educators in Argentina, China, Finland, and Germany.

Catholic Leadership Summit – Registration Now Open


The 2015 NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit will be held at the Sheraton Atlanta from October 18-21, 2015.

Formerly known as the CACE meeting, the NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit is open to all NCEA members who are arch/diocesan directors who serve Catholic schools and CHESCS members.  The meeting consists of professional development sessions, inspirational keynotes and networking opportunities.

This year we are honored to have David Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The College Board, as our keynote speaker.

Breakout sessions will focus on faith integration, governance, educational trends, and best practices, among other relevant topics.  The preliminary program will be available mid-August for your consideration.

We invite you to register early for this year’s meeting.  Our meeting is open to all arch/diocesan directors who serve Catholic schools, including superintendents, assistant superintendents and association superintendents, as well as CHESCS members.  We encourage you to bring a team from your diocese.

Please also mark your calendars for The Superintendent Academy on October 17 and 18.  The Academy provides insight, direction, and collaboration to superintendents, assistant superintendents, and associate superintendents in Catholic education.  While the Academy focuses primarily on new or nearly new diocesan leaders, it is also an excellent professional development opportunity for aspiring superintendents and seasoned veterans in need of a refresher.  Take a moment to register for this professional development opportunity.

The NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit provides you with wonderful opportunities to interact, as well as learn with and from your colleagues across the country, while participating in professional development, prayer, and networking opportunities.  Stay tuned for updates and the preliminary program as it is available.  We hope that you will be able to join us in Atlanta!