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Early Registration Extended for CLS

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We hope you can join us at the 2015 NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit that 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 leaders who serve Catholic schools and CHESCS members.  Breakout sessions will focus on diocesan-level topics related to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools (Mission & Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence, Leadership & Governance and Operational Vitality).  These sessions will be presented in a variety of formats by knowledgeable presenters who were chosen by a review panel made of current superintendents and associate superintendents in consultation with the NCEA staff.  We are pleased to share with you the preliminary program, now available to view online.

Early bird registration has been extended one week!  Register by September 11, 2015 for this year’s meeting to lock in this special rate.  Our meeting is open to all arch/diocesan personnel who serve Catholic schools, including superintendents, associate superintendents and assistant superintendents, as well as CHESCS members.  We encourage you to bring a team from your diocese.

Now is also the time to book your accommodations for the Summit!  The group rate is available until September 16, 2015 or until all rooms are reserved.  Click here to reserve your space today.

Please also mark your calendars for The Superintendent Academy on October 17 and 18.  The Academy provides innovative, timely and relevant information and practices for  superintendents, associate superintendents, and assistant 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.  This year’s academy is centered around the superintendency and the four domains of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools.  The sessions offered at the Superintendent’s Academy will be led by superintendents and associate superintendents from around the United States.  Take a moment to register for this professional development opportunity. A preliminary agenda for the Academy is available here.

The NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit provides wonderful opportunities to interact, as well as to learn with and from your colleagues across the country, while participating in professional development, prayer, and networking opportunities.  Please take some time to examine this year’s offerings for both the Superintendent’s Academy and the Catholic Leadership Summit. On behalf of the NCEA team, we hope that you will be able to join us in Atlanta!

Weekly Round Up 8/28/15

nceatalk_weeklyroundupDidn’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…

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

What can we do to begin this effort in our schools and everyday life to “go green” and help foster a more caring relationship with the environment around us? Here is a short list of ideas, activities and projects that can be implemented hassle-free into your school year! – Catholic Schools: Stewards of our Common Home – Ideas for Catholic Schools

How do we go to the outskirts in the 21st century? A panelist discussion

Lead: Reminder: Register for 2015 NCEA Catholic Leadership Summit

Learn: NCEA in the News – Education Week

Other news and resources:

Aspinwall Catholic school enrollment grows; technology advances

Catholic school teachers learn to connect arts to science, math

Catholic school kids can’t wait to meet Pope Francis

How do we go to the outskirts in the 21st century? A panelist discussion.

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In Pope Francis’ address to catechists in September 2013 he challenged all of us to not be afraid to go beyond our comfort zones, to go to the outskirts.  The word catechist means to echo the faith.  All who are in Catholic education are catechist, all are challenged to go to the outskirts.

In response to this call a panel of distinguished Catholic educators will discuss how do we go to the outskirts in the 21st century.  The questions they will be responding to are:

  1. Are U.S. Catholic educational institutions, including schools and universities, in our day truly at the service of the new wave of immigrant Catholics, mostly from Latin America, Asia and Africa?
  2. Often, parents tell us that they cannot teach their children because of their lack of knowledge of the faith.  Many were not brought up in an era when strong moral teaching or doctrinal content was taught.  How does this make parents people on the outskirts and in what ways are they in need of evangelization?
  3. What are the fears that keep us from going to the margins? How will we be able to understand “reality” better from the outskirts rather than our own comfort zones?

“Going to the Outskirts: A Call to Catholic Educators” will take place following the World Meeting of Families on Friday, September 25 from 2:00-5:00pm at West Catholic Prep High School, 4501 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  For further details please visit our website.  

Have a question on the topic for the panelists but unable to attend the event? NCEA has you covered! Tweet your question to @NCEATalk using #NCEAatWMOF. NCEA staff will ask a select number of questions on your behalf and share the panelists’ responses after the event!

USCCB Presents Welcome Day 2015 Kit

The following post is a resource shared through USCCB:

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Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, September 22 to 27 provides the church a wonderful opportunity to reach out to its neighbors in the spirit of the New Evangelization.

To build on the excitement surrounding the historic event you are encouraged to host a Welcome Day at your diocese or parish.

USCCB’s just-released “Welcome Day“ kit provides the resources to help you plan, prepare and organize a Welcome Day in your school, parish or diocese.

In a live event at 3:00 PM EST on August 20th, Peter Murphy, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, will walk participants through the kit. While geared toward using the pope’s apostolic visit as a springboard for having a parish Welcome Day, the kit can be used at any time.

Monthly Message from NCEA President – August 2015

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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 www.ncea.org/wmof 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 www.ncea.org/seton.

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 www.ncea.org/wmof 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.

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!

Law Symposium and Legal Issues

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Later this month, superintendents, principals, teachers, catechists, pastors, parish ministers, and others in the ministry of Catholic school education will attend the Education Law Symposium in Louisville, KY. Co-sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Education Law Institute at St. Catharine College; this year’s program offers presentations on the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry.

Interested in the topic but unable to attend? Check out The Compendium of NCEA Notes Legal Issues: twenty-five years of articles by Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, JD, Ph.D., compiled into one publication. Updates have been made on many articles with reference to new developments, more recent legal thinking, and case law. The articles are arranged by subject matter and then chronologically. This text makes an excellent desk reference.

Call for Proposals Reminder

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Before you enjoy your holiday weekend, NCEA wanted to remind you that the Call for Proposals for the NCEA 2016 Convention & Expo closes on 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.