Magazine article Momentum

National Meeting Shapes Future of NCEA

Magazine article Momentum

National Meeting Shapes Future of NCEA

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As Centennial Observance Ends

A group of 106 Catholic educational leaders gathered in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 13-17 for a convocation to draft a strategic plan for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

The convocation was another major event in the association's centennial observance, which began in 2004. Prior to its centennial year, NCEA commissioned reflection papers by prominent Catholic educators. In 2003, dioceses and regional organizations conducted more than 100 meetings to collect comments from more than 15,000 Catholic educators. All of this material was available in January 2004 when a larger group of 250 participants met in Washington, D.C., to draft a strategic vision for the future of Catholic education in the United States.

That group drafted a vision statement that subsequently was ratified by members at NCEA's annual convention in Boston in April (Momentum, April/May 2004). The vision statement contained three elements:

* Identity: How to proclaim and continue the Catholic identity of schools and religious education programs.

* Leadership: Where to seek and how to train the administrators, teachers and catechetical leaders of tomorrow.

* Engagement: How Catholic schools and programs interact with other segments of society. …

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