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Reminder: Summer PD is Around the Corner!


Keep your professional learning front and center this summer with these great professional learning opportunities.

NCEA New Directions Blended Learning Symposium: June 22-24, 2015
One thing is clear: blended learning is a pedagogically valuable method of instruction that uses online technology to not just supplement, but to enrich and improve the learning process.  This conference will enable teachers and school teams to supplement traditional instructional methods while using our faith as a foundation to promote critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity in our students.

Wisdom & Witness Symposium: Digital Discipleship: June 25-27, 2015
The only national gathering for religion teachers, campus ministers, service directors and Catholic high school administrators; Wisdom and Witness is a three-day learning symposium featuring national experts and practitioners convening on matters such as Catholic identity, vocation awareness, social justice, and more.  This year’s event focuses on the best practices in digital discipleship, enhancing the communication and collaboration skills of our religious educators in teaching the Catholic faith.

Education Law Symposium: July 16-19, 2015
The symposium offers presentations on the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry.

2015 NCEA New Directions Blended Learning Symposium

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The National Catholic Educational Association is pleased to invite classroom practitioners, administrators, and stakeholders from all levels of Catholic education to the second annual New Directions Initiative: The Blended Learning Symposium on Monday, June 22, 2015 to Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Blended learning is most often defined as a hybrid subject instruction that integrates face-to-face traditional classroom interaction and activities with online instruction. The integration of technology and the more traditional instructional delivery methods ideally result in a planned pedagogically valuable curriculum that both motivates and challenges students at multiple levels. Blended learning uses online technology to not only supplement, but to enrich and improve, the learning process.

This two and one half day symposium held on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California will focus on creating, sustaining, and enriching a school-based blended learning curriculum.

Nationally recognized speakers, presenters, and practitioners from across the country will share methodologies and implementation frameworks, as well as hands on demonstrations.


  • Educators will synthesize theories, methods, and examples to create a blended learning program for their school.
  • Educators will evaluate how the best practices in traditional and online learning programs can benefit their own local learning community.
  • Educators will be enrolled in a Professional Learning Community to continue the discussions begun at the event when they return to their workplace.
  • Educators will leave with concrete unit plans that integrate blended learning across the curriculum

Registration is now open.

Wisdom & Witness Symposium: Digital Discipleship

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Pack your smartphones, tablets and laptops and join us for Wisdom & Witness 2015: Digital Discipleship • A Symposium on Adolescent Catechesis, a multi-day professional learning event to be held June 25 – 27, 2015 at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.

Utilizing a variety of best practices in adult learning such as small group dialogue and analysis of real-life questions, participants will engage with one another and experts in the areas of adolescent development, catechesis and forming Christian disciples in the digital age—experiencing a unique professional development opportunity.

  • Learning Outcomes
  • Deepen understanding of self as a person of faith and a Catholic educator in the current context, particularly the impact of the digital age.
  • Identify implications of digital communications on faith formation.
  • Enhance skills for helping teens navigate the digital world in faithful, responsible ways.
  • Create means to support faith formation beyond formal teaching settings.
  • Network with others involved in ministry with adolescents and utilizing digital technologies to enhance learning.

Registration is now open. 

Leadership Succession Planning Webinar

From the authors of NCEA’s Leadership Succession Planning in Catholic Education: An Ongoing Plan for Leadership Development, Identification, and Selection publication, this webinar will provide practical information and in-depth discussion on the steps within the process of leadership succession planning. Members are invited to join Anthony Sabatino, Ed.D. Clinical Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University and Mary Fitzgerald, SSND Assistant Professor Notre Dame of Maryland University for this webinar on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4 and 7 p.m. EST.

Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Articulate a working definition of leadership succession planning.
  • Identify and recognize leadership capacity among school community.
  • Engage in the process of developing an effective and measurable succession plan.

This webinar is offered free of charge as an NCEA member benefit. All registrants will receive the recorded webinar and presentation files. Register online today.

Bearing Witness Registration Now Open


The Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness™ Summer Institute is a five-day, all-expense paid professional development opportunity designed to provide Catholic school educators with the training and resources necessary to bring the lessons of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and modern-day prejudice to their students and school communities.

Through Bearing Witness, participants explore the history of anti-Semitism, including the role of the Church during the Holocaust, recent changes in Catholic teachings on Jews and Judaism, issues of prejudice in contemporary society and practical strategies for teaching students about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.

Participants receive classroom curricula from the Anti-Defamation League including Echoes & Reflections Holocaust education resources and A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias materials, as well as resources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Registration is now open for Bearing Witness, taking place this year from Sunday, July 19, 2015 to Friday, July 24, 2015. Click here for more information.

Join us in Orlando!


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!

We will be posting about what to expect at Orlando throughout the next two months! Learn more at www.ncea.org/convention.