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Final Call for Proposals Today!

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Last calL! The Call for Proposals for the NCEA 2016 Convention & Expo closes today, July 15. Whether you have presented before or have been inspired by a session you have attended, we invite you to submit a proposal to present at NCEA 2016.

The selection process involves a thorough review of every complete proposal submitted prior to the deadline. Please be sure to complete your submissions to include speaker contact information (for each session speaker), session description(s), target audiences, topic areas, and actionable learning objectives. Keep in mind, only the first two completed proposals submitted will be considered for a session slot at NCEA 2016.

For full details on the NCEA 2016 Call for Proposals process and access to submitting a proposal online, please follow this link.

Monthly Message from NCEA President – July 2015

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On July 1, NCEA started a new year of operation as a restructured organization. Our new team-based approach to serving our members will fulfill our mission to Lead, Learn and Proclaim.

Principals, presidents, pastors, superintendents and governing bodies will now be served by our Leadership Team. Teachers will receive resources and professional development opportunities from the Professional Development Team. The good news story of Catholic schools will be proclaimed by our Marketing Communications Team.

In the months ahead, you will be hearing much more from the new NCEA staff as we seek to assist you in fulfilling your mission as Catholic school educators. One of the ways we hope to do that is by being in direct communication with teachers. In the past, only the school administrator received NCEA communications. We are making a concerted effort to gather as many teacher email addresses as we can so that the faculty can receive our communications directly.

In the year ahead, you will also see a new website that will be much more user-friendly. It will also have multiple teacher resources available and afford Catholic educators an opportunity to communicate with each other.

All of us at NCEA are looking forward to an exciting new beginning for the school year – and for NCEA!

NCEA in the news

Our Sunday Visitor recently shared the story “New focus for Catholic education association Group will focus exclusively on helping Catholic schools lead, learn and proclaim the Faith” by Patti MaGuire Armstrong.

Catholic Education has always been about much more than just academic excellence. It is first and foremost about forming students according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. In today’s culture, that mission has never been more relevant. Yet, the changing world presents ever-new challenges.

To help Catholic schools keep pace, the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) announced in April that it will begin exclusively serving Catholic schools. Previously, they had also provided support to seminaries and religious education programs.

Click here to read the full story.

NCEA Appoints New 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 has announced the appointment of two new directors. Pamela Bernards, Ed.D. will serve as the Director of Professional Development and James Pavlacka will serve as the 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.

“Catholic school education is facing both exciting and challenging times. With NCEA’s new focus on Catholic school education, Pamela and James will provide leadership and direction for Catholic educators nationwide,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte.

As the Director of Professional Development, Pamela Bernards will lead NCEA’s efforts to provide a state of the art, 21st-century professional development program for Catholic school teachers. Bernards will be responsible for setting the vision and priorities of the Professional Development team at NCEA.

In acknowledgment of her appointment, Pamela Bernards says, “I am honored to serve as the new Director of Professional Development and look forward to working with and supporting teachers in their vocation as Catholic school educators. Together we can ensure learning environments that integrate the Catholic faith in a rigorous academic program that ultimately prepares students for 21st Century leadership within the Church and a global society. “

As the Director of Leadership Development, James Pavlacka will lead NCEA’s efforts to develop and coordinate a state of the art, 21st century program to train and develop school leaders, including principals, presidents and pastors, governing bodies, as well as superintendents. Pavlacka will be responsible for setting the vision and priorities of the Leadership Development program at NCEA.

“This is an exciting and yet challenging time for Catholic schools across the country. NCEA has recognized this and has charted a new course and direction to support the challenges that our Catholic schools face. I am thrilled to be part of this new transformational focus and to work collaboratively with and support our nation’s pastors, presidents, principals, superintendents, and governing bodies in sustaining the viability and proud legacies of our Catholic schools and parishes and their leadership,” said James Pavlacka.

Pamela Bernards has served Catholic schools for over 30 years at the elementary and secondary levels in the Diocese of Knoxville, TN and the Diocese of Orlando, FL as well as an adjunct professor at St. Leo University. Pamela has done extensive work with curriculum development and teacher professional development. Her expertise along with her vision for 21st-century professional development for teachers that integrates Catholic teachings and religion across the curriculum align perfectly with NCEA’s renewed commitment to service Catholic school teachers in new and innovative ways.

James Pavlacka’s service to Catholic schools spans 30 years having served in leadership roles at both the elementary and secondary levels in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. His commitment to fostering the mission and vision of the schools he has served has resulted in growth and transformation in the schools. He brings extensive experience coordinating and leading leadership development for Catholic school leaders, as well as cultivating future leaders for Catholic schools. His diverse experiences and expertise position him to successfully lead and coordinate leadership programs for current and future Catholic school leaders.

Monthly Message from NCEA’s President – June 2015

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Dear NCEA Members,

As our Catholic schools celebrate the end of another school year, I would like to thank all of you for your commitment to serve our Church through education. In the coming days, I hope you will take time to reflect on the many blessings you experienced this year – the blessings you shared with your colleagues and with your students.

The end of the academic year brings many emotions. For some, it marks a time of grieving for a school that will be closing its doors for the last time.  For others, it is a sense of achievement on successfully completing another year with students well prepared for the next step in their educational journey.  
Catholic schools are in a place of transformation. Whether you’re part of a school community that is closing, transitioning or continuing to grow, please know that NCEA is here to serve as a resource and a guide.

Last October, in response to a year-long research process and wide consultation, the NCEA Board of Directors unanimously decided to transform the future direction and structure of the association. We are now transitioning to serve you as a professional association whose focus is exclusively Catholic school education.  NCEA will lead, learn and proclaim by:
  • Developing current and future leaders;
  • Providing educational resources and strategically expanding professional development opportunities for those committed to the mission of Catholic education; and
  • Telling the good news story of Catholic schools.
As we all plan and organize during these summer months, I look forward to sharing more information about our new and exciting future.
With prayers and gratitude,
Brother Robert

NCEA 2016 Call for Proposals is Open!

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Before breaking for your summer vacation, reminder to submit your proposal for the NCEA 2016 Convention & Expo in San Diego, CA from March 29-31! Whether you have presented before or have been inspired by a session you have attended, we invite you to submit a proposal to present at NCEA 2016.

 

The selection process involves a thorough review of every complete proposal submitted prior to the deadline. Please be sure to complete your submissions to include speaker contact information (for each session speaker), session description(s), target audiences, topic areas, and actionable learning objectives. Keep in mind, only the first two completed proposals submitted will be considered for a session slot at NCEA 2016.
Additional tips to help with your proposal:

  • Be sure that your session title clearly describes exactly what the session is about and is no more than 10 words in length: please avoid using acronyms.
  • Topics should align with one of the four domains of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (Mission& Catholic Identity/Religious Education; Governance and Leadership; Academic Excellence; and Operational Vitality) and appeal to a wide range of interests in Catholic school education, to an audience of 150 or greater.
  • Use active verbs to describe exactly what will occur in the session. Use words such as “describe,” “discuss,” “role-play,” and “present.”
  • Describe specific presentation techniques that you will be using; such as interactive, lecture, or multimedia. This way, participants will know what kind of session they will be attending.
  • Indicate whether handouts will be available.
  • Describe what you will be doing in the session and what the participants can expect to leave with.
  • Write in complete sentences. Do not use phrases.
  • Limit your session description to 400 characters or fewer. NCEA reserves the right to edit the session description.

Don’t forget – session proposals MUST BE submitted no later than June 30, 2015. Everyone will receive final notification of their abstract submission by mid-December 2015.

For full details on the NCEA 2016 Call for Proposals process and access to submitting a proposal online, please follow this link.

Catholic Education Leader to Receive National Award at the 25th Anniversary of the NCEA Seton Awards Gala

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will honor Dr. Mary Jane Krebbs, 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, at the 25th anniversary of the NCEA Seton Awards Gala that will take place in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2015.

“We are delighted to honor Dr. Krebbs with the NCEA President’s Award. Her lifelong dedication to Catholic education has enhanced the education of students and the professional development of teachers and administrators in our nation’s Catholic schools,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte.

Dr. Krebbs will be honored for her 40 years of service in Catholic education as an elementary and high school teacher, a high school administrator, a diocesan administrator and currently, in Catholic higher education. During her tenure, Dr. Krebbs was the Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York, working in the areas of curriculum and staff development for teachers and administrators in grades pre-K through 12. She also developed strategic partnerships with Catholic higher education to train principals. She has been an adjunct professor at Long Island University, Fordham University and currently, Associate Dean at St. John’s University.

In addition, Dr. Krebbs has coordinated several programs for teachers and administrators in the Tri-Diocesan (New York, Brooklyn and Rockville Centre) area as part of the Institute for Catholic Schools at St. John’s University. She is a national presenter on curriculum issues and Catholic Identity/Values integration. She has authored articles for Momentum, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, Today’s Catholic Teacher and NCEA News Notes. She has served on numerous boards and is an active member of several professional organizations.

The award will be presented at the 25th anniversary of the NCEA Seton Awards Gala, which raises funds to support NCEA’s research, leadership development, and advocacy programs that support Catholic school educators and students. For more information, visit: www.ncea.org/seton.

Monthly Message from NCEA’s President – May 2015

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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,

Brother Robert

NCEA is Hiring: Director of Leadership Development

After conducting an initial search for a Director of Leadership Development, NCEA is reopening the search for this position in order to find the very best candidate to meet the needs of our members.

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Responsible for implementation and oversight of innovative leadership development programs and services, as well as online tools and resources for superintendents, pastors, principals, and presidents who serve Catholic school.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Leadership Development is a member of the senior leadership team at NCEA and provides leadership and direction to the Leadership Development Team that drives the ongoing professional development of current Catholic school leaders, as well as the preparation and development of the next generation of Catholic school leaders. The Leadership Development team is responsible for the following key areas:

  • Vision-setting for an innovative leadership development model, integrating workshop programs with online learning, coaching and the formation of online and regional professional learning communities
  • Thought-leadership to define organizational approaches and content in Catholic school leadership
  • Design and implementation of ongoing professional development opportunities for current Catholic school administrators
  • Creation of development opportunities for aspiring Catholic school leaders
  • Creation and maintenance of a content rich online library of tools and resources for Catholic school leaders

The Director of Leadership Development will lead NCEA’s efforts to develop a state of the art, 21st century program to train and develop school leaders, including principals, presidents and pastors as well as superintendents. The Director will be responsible for setting the vision and priorities of the Leadership Development program at the National Catholic Educational Association. This position requires substantial work in the following areas:

  • Lead a team of 2-4 direct reports; managing work flows of team members
  • Ability to set vision and invest others in a shared vision of high quality leadership development programs and initiatives.
  • Deep knowledge of leadership, management and school governance that is highly innovative and collaborative.
  • Use data to drive decision-making about leadership program content and structure.
  • Partner with diocesan leaders to directly and indirectly ensure the development of school leaders.
  • Work collaboratively with team to develop partnerships with higher education and corporate sponsors to develop holistic Catholic school leadership programs
  • Experience “managing through influence,” driving results requiring contribution from multiple stakeholders without direct oversight
  • Strong facilitation skills: Proven ability to lead workshops, webinars and video conferences
  • Perform other duties or projects assigned by the Executive Vice President.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Springtime in Catholic Education

A Message from NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC

Happy Easter!  As we continue to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, I hope that all of you will be filled with the joy and hope of the Easter mystery!

Over 6,000 members of the Catholic education community gathered together last week to lead, learn and proclaim at the NCEA 2015 Convention & Expo. For those that attended, I hope you left Orlando feeling energized with acquired new knowledge and renewed spirits. For those who were unable to be with us, please take the time to visit our Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and NCEA Talk to view photos and read news from the week.

During the Convention, we presented the newly designed Spring issue of Momentum. Many of the articles in this issue were written by NCEA 2015 presenters to complement their sessions and provide valuable resources to all our members.

One of the highlights of the convention for me is the opportunity to honor outstanding teachers, principals, pastors, school boards, religious educators and pastors. Their commitment to the mission and to the students they serve is an inspiration to me and to all who hear their stories. They give me great hope about the future of Catholic education. I’d especially like to acknowledge and thank the Diocese of Orlando, Bishop John Noonan and Secretary for Education/Superintendent of Catholic Schools Henry Fortier for their hospitality and partnership in bringing NCEA 2015 to fruition.

During the last few months, we have been recruiting for staff at the association to build the new service areas that will be dedicated to leadership development for principals, presidents, pastors, board members and superintendents, and professional development for teachers with a strong emphasis on the integration of Catholic values throughout the curriculum. Each of these service areas will have an advisory committee made up of members whose advice and experience will help to guide the work of these areas. In addition, we are working to enhance our ACRE and other religion education assessment tools by providing digital options. I look forward to sharing updates with you in the coming months.

Finally, we hope you have the opportunity to visit our Easter Resources page on our website. Throughout the season, NCEA will continue to share thoughts, ideas and resources that will support you as you journey with your students and faculty through this time of new life, hope and sending forth. To view an interactive calendar of Easter resources, please click here.