Have you registered for NCEA 2016? We hope you will join us for the NCEA 2016 Convention & Expo that is taking place March 29-31 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, in partnership with the Catholic Library Association (CLA). Our host this year is the Diocese of San Diego. The preliminary program is now available online.
The NCEA Convention & Expo is the largest private education association gathering in the nation. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic school and faith-based education from preschool, elementary, secondary, adult education, colleges and universities. The Convention is a time to celebrate, to acquire new knowledge, and to renew your spirit. San Diego is just the place for that to happen to you!
Registration rates will increase on February 3, 2016 so please make sure to register before that time to maximize your savings, and don’t forget to apply for any Title II-A funds you may be entitled to use.* Visit www.ncea.org/convention for the latest NCEA 2016 updates. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Title II-A funds for professional development under the No Child Left Behind Act may be available to attend the NCEA Convention & Expo. These funds may be used to pay for the “secular, non-ideological” sessions that the participant attends. Funds may be used for registration as well as travel, lodging, etc. Requests must be made to the local school district office (LEA) that controls the government funding for these programs. Consult the Non-Regulatory Guidance PDF for information pertaining to the use of funds for private schools and for reference if there is resistance from the LEA.
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.
• 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.
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.