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Weekly Round Up – NCEA 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 round up of Catholic education news and resources from the week.

In case you missed it…
This week NCEA was in Orlando for the NCEA 2015 Convention & Expo! Over 6,000 Catholic educators across the country came to lead, learn and proclaim with NCEA:

Read more about convention here.

Meet the host diocese: Orlando.

Orlando Press Briefing: The State of Catholic Education

Momentum has a new look – debuting at NCEA 2015!

Save the date – NCEA 2016 will be in San Diego!

NCEA 2015 is in the news!

Catholic News Service – CRS chief makes case for Catholic education in NCEA keynote address

Catholic News Service / Catholic Philly – Endowments, alumni support urged to help struggling Catholic schools

Catholic News Service / Catholic Sentinel – Sharing best practices, new classroom tools among convention highlights

Catholic News Service / The Pilot – NCEA honors Catholic educators’ leadership, vision, innovative programs

Momentum has a new look!

Cover Spring

Momentum has a new look!

Since 1970 NCEA’s signature publication, Momentum, serves to help call forth the next generation of Catholic leaders, to serve as an invaluable resource in professional development and to share the good news and stories of Catholic schools across the country.

What’s new:
– Member and school profiles
– Expanded From the Field column section
– Features and highlights surrounding the mission themes of “Lead, Learn, Proclaim”
– NCEA news and updates

Momentum is a NCEA member benefit. For subscription information, please contact member services at membership@ncea.org or visit www.ncea.org/publications/momentum

Interested in writing for Momentum? Download our contributors form at www.ncea.org/publications/momentum and send it, with your submission, to momentum@ncea.org.

At NCEA 2015? Stop by NCEA Central today, Tuesday 4/8 at 2:45 for a Meet and Greet with the editor and contributors!

Orlando Press Briefing: The State of Catholic Education


NCEA and the Diocese of Orlando held a press conference today at NCEA 2015 Convention & Expo to discuss the State of Catholic Education and provide an overview of NCEA’s United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools 2014-2015: Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing.

NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte started the conference by stating, “Catholic schools offer a faith based and faith filled education marked by academic excellence. We have a great deal of good news to tell. Catholic education has played a significant role for generations and continues to enrich the lives of individuals, the church and our society today. We are delighted to gather educators from across the world to connect, share ideas and embrace innovation as we look to the future.”

Data for the Annual Statistical Report is collected by NCEA annually through the 106 arch/dioceses throughout the country. NCEA Public Policy & Research Director and co-author of the Annual Statistical Report, Sister Dale McDonald, BVM, Ph.D. gave highlights from the report, including enrollment trend data, the financial benefits that Catholic school choice provides the nation, the need to build new schools in growing areas, and the importance of parental school choice. . Sister Dale shares, “There are 6,568 Catholic schools in this country, 5,368 elementary schools and 1,200 secondary schools. Among the good news we share of our schools is that we are financially a gift to the nation when you consider the per pupil cost of $12,054. Our contribution is $24 billion savings each year to the nation.”

NCEA Executive Vice President Patrick Lofton, spoke of the challenges and opportunities. “I think we sometimes we get caught up in the negative news of Catholic schools and we look at the challenges we face and don’t see those as opportunities. Even in states with parental choice legislation, there are open seats.”  Lofton continued by discussing the changing dynamic of Catholic education in Milwaukee and outlined the need to look at regional areas individual needs of growth and changes in culture and faith.

Henry Fortier, Secretary for Education/Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Orlando shared the local Orlando news perspective. “Looking at the Glenmary Research Center statistical information on religion, we see that Florida’s Catholic growth in the past 10 years has grown significantly. We have seen growth in our Catholic schools. Our population has continued to grow here in Orlando. Our five high schools are reaching capacity and developing wait lists. We have one of those good opportunities and good challenges here in Orlando on how we can meet the needs of our school and our community through education. The partnership with the parish integral. When you have the right mix of leadership it is imperative to the success of our Catholic education and school communities, working together in concert with pastors.”

“We are talking about Catholic education – not education but Catholic education. We believe that parents are the first of educators in the ways of faith and church is part of that gift to help parents become better educators,” shared Bishop John Noonan, Diocese of Orlando. “I think that Catholic education talks about the whole person: the heart and soul not just the mind. To reach that heart and soul is the gift of Catholic education. In my experience there is nothing better then opening up the heart and the whole person so that they see they are made in the image and likeness of God. Our world is a broken world and sometimes it is hard, we work to fix the mind but not the heart. Without Catholic education, what kind of future are we expecting to see in solving the world’s problems?”

Noonan continued, “There are financial challenges, there is the challenge of reaching out to parents and connecting them with resources, there are challenges of showing that Catholic schools are not just for a small group but for everyone. If parents want their children to get into schools, they should have that opportunity. We need to not just make if affordable but accessible to all.”

To download the audio coverage of the press briefing, please click here.

For more information and data on Catholic schools, please click here. To purchase a copy of United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools 2014-2015: Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing, please click here.

Press inquiries should be directed to Shannon Andrea, Director of Marketing Communications for NCEA at sandrea@ncea.org.

Nearly 5,000+ Catholic Educators Are in Orlando for NCEA 2015

This week, NCEA Talk will be dedicated to highlights of NCEA 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Check back daily for posts, videos, updates and resources from the event. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #2015. 
More than 5,000 Catholic educators will gather next week for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) 2015 Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla.  Hosted by the Diocese of Orlando, and in partnership with the Catholic Library Association and the National Association of Parish and Catechetical Directors, the event will take place April 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center.
“Catholic education has played a significant role for generations and continues to enrich the lives of individuals, the church and our society today,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte. “We are delighted to gather educators from across the world to connect, share ideas and embrace innovation as we look to the future.”
As the largest private-education association gathering in the country, the convention will draw participants from all facets of Catholic education, including elementary and secondary schools, parish religious education programs, seminaries, and colleges and universities to exchange ideas and debut cutting-edge research and technologies related to education. The event will offer more than 300 professional development sessions, beautiful liturgies, networking events, and an exhibition of educational products and services.
“The Diocese of Orlando is blessed to host the 2015 conference of the National Catholic Educational Association,” said Bishop John Noonan from the Diocese of Orlando. “I pray that this gathering will bear fruit for the people of God and bring each person to an intimate understanding of the wondrous gift of the call to be, teacher.”
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, who will discuss the topic of the Mission of Catholic Schools for the World. In addition, NCEA will honor more than 60 individuals, organizations and/or teams who have made outstanding contributions to Catholic education. View a complete list of award recipients here.
Preliminary Program and convention highlights are available online here.
Press Credentials will be issued to accredited media. Interested press must register in advance of the conference by contacting NCEA Director of Marketing Communications Shannon Andrea at sandrea@ncea.org or 571-206-1529.  Advance and onsite interviews will be available upon request.

NCEA 2015 Convention & Expo is Right Around the Corner


The NCEA Convention & Expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic and faith-based education from preschool, elementary, secondary, adult education, colleges and universities, to local parish pastors, priests, directors of parish religious education programs, parish volunteers, and more. The Convention is a time to celebrate, to acquire new knowledge, and to renew your spirit.   Orlando is just the place for that to happen to you!

This year’s convention is NEXT WEEK – April 7-9 in Orlando. Tell us: What are your professional development goals for NCEA 2015? Tweet at us or post on our Facebook wall using #NCEA15!

Reminder: CACE Meeting at NCEA 2015

Reminder for all chief administrators in Catholic education coming to NCEA 2015 Convention:

Please join us for the CACE Business Meeting, Thursday, April 9 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.. At this meeting you will learn about some of the changes that are underway at NCEA as well as have the opportunity to engage in conversation colleagues from CACE.

See you in Orlando!

NCEA 2015 Award Winners in the News

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and its membership departments recognize the countless professional individuals, organizations, and students that are ambassadors of Catholic education, and are honored to provide many award opportunities to express accolades for their dedication and support. Our NCEA 2015 Award Winners are now posted on our website. To see a full list of winners and a description of each award, please click here.

See our award winners in the news!

Father Michael Tix, Pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish and School, Savage, MN and recipient of the Distinguished Pastor Award was featured in The Catholic Spirit

Sister Mary Jo Mike, OSF, Principal, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic School, Biloxi, MS and recipient of the Distinguish Principal Award was hightlighted on WXXV25 Fox.

To see more of our awardees in the news, please click here.

NCEA15 Sessions for Catholic Education Leaders

NCEA 2015 is two weeks away! In our February/March issue of Momentum, NCEA shares session suggestions for attendees.

If you are a superintendent of diocesan administrator, you may consider attending:

  • Applying National Standards and Benchmarks to Your Strategic Planning and Accreditation Processes (By Maureen Huntington and Annette Brown)
  • Challenges and Opportunities for the Small Rural Catholic School (by Fr. Louis Phillips Ph.D.)
  • Catholic Education: a Call to Conscience (By Jerrold Ross Ph.D. and May Jane Krebbs Ph.D.)

Or visit www.ncea.org/convention/sessions to search by topic area or target audience. If you are interested in a specific speaker or know the title of a session, you can search that way too!