Learning Never Ends: Summer Reads for Catholic Education Leaders

No one knows everything about anything. This is particular true about members involved with realizing the mission of Catholic schools, especially at a time when new challenges continue to face our schools. Current topics that call for members’ understanding and knowledge  to face these challenges are new revenue streams for Catholic schools, emerging school reconfigurations, all aspects of succession planning, the National Core Standards and the National Standards for Catholic Schools, to name a few.  If leadership is to provide the direction and leadership for the enterprise then they must always be open to learning so it will make informed decisions that further the mission.

Who and how are the educational needs of the Catholic education leaders or governing bodies determined? One administrator of an outstanding board asks the members what they would like to know about and builds the continual leaning around those suggestions. Another outstanding board relies on the Governance Committee or Nominating/Board Development Committee to take charge of the board’s continual education. In both approaches, a piece of the agenda is devoted to learning something about the school or Catholic schools in general or best practices from around the country.

Continuous education is a hallmark of an effective board.  With that in mind, we have compiled a short list of resources that leaders in Catholic education should read over the summer:

Using Financial Statements for Oversight and Planning

Charism and Culture

Compendium of NCEA Notes Legal Issues 25th Year Edition

Breathing New Life into Catholic Schools: An Exploration of Governance Models


This post was adapted from its original posting on the NCEA Boards and Councils newsfeed.

Weekly Round Up – 6/5/2015



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…

Monday Morning Meeting – Share your knowledge and resources with your Catholic school educators across the country by emailing nceatalk@ncea.org. This week’s questions comes from a social media inquiry seeking school retention studies. If you have information and resources to share, please email nceatalk@ncea.org.

LEAD / LEARNNCEA 2016 Call for Proposals is Open

LEARNReadiness and Emergency Management Resources

PROCLAIMFrom CAPE Outlook: Private School Students Take AP Exams as Above-Level Rates

Other News and Resources…
Final mass: When a Catholic school runs out of money (USA Today)

Catholic School Leadership Dinner Honors Schools that Serve (fordham.edu)

New St. Mary Catholic Middle School completed (FOX 11 Online | WLUK-TV)

From CAPE Outlook: Private School Students Take AP Exams at Above-Average Rates


The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) recently reported on data obtained from the College Board about AP exams and scores for students in private schools who took the tests in 2014.

“It turns out that private school students took 455,009, or 11 percent, of the 4,022,216 AP exams taken by U.S. students in public and private schools in
2014. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that private secondary schools enrolled only 7.8 percent of the nation’s secondary school students in 2013-14. Thus, private schools accounted for a disproportionately high number of AP exams,” says the report.

To read more about information on college-ready performance, exam ratio, and higher test scores across the board, please click here to review the full June 2015 newsletter.

NCEA 2016 Call for Proposals is Open!


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.

Monday Morning Discussion: Studies on Student Retention

On Mondays, NCEA Talk presents member submitted topic or question for discussion. Share your knowledge and resources with your Catholic school educators across the country by emailing nceatalk@ncea.org.

This week’s question comes to us via Twitter:

If you have information and resources to share, please email nceatalk@ncea.org or Tweet us @NCEATalk to join the conversation!

Weekly Round Up – 5/29/15

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…

LEADTaking Retention Seriously
LEARNMonarch Rescue School Program Updates
PROCLAIMAnnunciation Catholic School Named Top Place to Work

Association News Catholic Education Leader to be Honored at 25th Anniversary Seton Awards

Other News and Resources:

One school family, with many roots: St. Francis International School earns national award for promoting diversity in Catholic education (Catholic Standard)

Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces new superintendent for elementary schools (philly.com)

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.

Annunciation Catholic School Selected as a 2015 Top Place to Work

NCEA is the largest, private professional education association in theworld. Its membership includes more than 200,000 educators serving more than 7.6 million students in Catholic education. We are pleased to proclaim the good news shares about those professionals who have answered their call to serve as teachers in Catholic schools.

Annunciation Catholic School, Albuquerque, New Mexico, was recently named one of the 2015 Top Places to Work.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 45 major publishing partners across the United States.

Annunciation Catholic School has a staff of 40 full-time educators and support staff including administrators. Their team is dedicated to providing students with a rigorous academic curriculum that meets the needs of the whole child as individual learners.

“This recognition is a testament to our remarkable staff who not only work hard, but also understand how to awaken, recognize and honor the God given abilities of each student.We are committed to the mission of a Catholic Education, by providing a  strong faith-filled atmosphere with numerous opportunities to be people of prayer, service, wisdom and compassion; that’s what makes Annunciation Catholic School such a great place to work.” – Cindy Shields, principal

The Albuquerque Journal published the complete list of Top Workplaces on Sunday May 17, 2015. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

About Annunciation Catholic School: Annunciation Catholic School was founded in 1959 and continues to provide primary and middle school level education for students in Jr-K through the eighth grade. Our vision is to provide a Catholic Education that recognizes and respects each student’s uniqueness as a member of the Body of Christ. We awaken, recognize and honor the God given abilities of each student by providing active learning experiences using innovative techniques and cutting edge technology. We challenge students to accept responsibility to continue Jesus’ mission by being people of prayer, service, wisdom and compassion. Our mission is to provide a Christ-like and learner friendly environment to better serve God and community.

Monarch Rescue Schools Program Updates

Today, the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies is in great peril, in large part because of the disappearance of a plant that the monarch needs to breed all along its route: milkweed.  The monarch will lay its eggs only on milkweed; its caterpillars eat only milkweed. It is up to people in America’s farming heartland to help replace the milkweeds and other butterfly-friendly plants that used to grow in farm fields.  With the Monarch Rescue Schools Program, NCEA is joining with many other organizations and citizens to help bring back the migration.

The recipients of the 2014 NCEA Monarch Rescue Schools Program Grant are researching, planning, building and maintaining the very best monarch-friendly butterfly gardens possible.  They will monitor the success or failure of the garden, learning from problems they encounter to plan improvements in subsequent years.  Most important, the learning module will incorporate Catholic social teaching on stewardship of the resources God has provided us.

Click here for more information and updates on the schools’ progress!