NCEA Podcast

This podcast is for leaders and teachers in the field of Catholic education. We elevate people who are doing great work and have a general focus on leadership successes and challenges in Catholic education.

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Thursday Jun 29, 2023

Offering students regular opportunities to reflect on their faith and experiences is part of our mission in Catholic education. Join Donna Allen from Academy of Our Lady of Peace and Laura MacDonald, NCEA Director of Professional Learning, as they discuss retreats! From planning to positive benefits, it’s all about God’s time!
This episode is sponsored by Hallow:
NSBECS Standard 3.2, Mission and Catholic Identity 

Tuesday Jun 27, 2023

If you asked 100 people what meditation is, you would likely get 100 different answers. Some of these answers might indicate that meditation is a good thing and some may not. But what does it mean to meditate in the context of the Catholic Church?
Hallow is the #1 Catholic prayer and meditation app. Hear from Hallow co-founder, Alessandro DiSanto, on what Catholic meditation is, how it differs from secular meditation, and the impact Catholic meditation can have in our lives and the lives of our students.
Learn about Hallow's deal exclusively for NCEA members:

Thursday Jun 22, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted learning both in and beyond the classroom—for students and adults alike. Catholic schools emerged as a success story in an otherwise nightmarish episode in American history. In this episode, join host John Galvan, Vice President of Assessments, and guest Paul Escala, Superintendent and Senior Director of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as they share their thoughts on what was lost and what was gained.
Visit to learn more about how our family of assessments, NCEA Rise, can help your school with their faith affect and knowledge. 

Monday Jun 19, 2023

Archangel Education + Technology is expanding to Baltimore!
In partnership with the City of Baltimore and Youthworks, Archangel will be offering students in the community the opportunity to get hands-on technical skills.
A repurposed warehouse, located in east Baltimore, will be a hub for students to learn more about technology and receive IT certifications. Join Archangel co-founder Josh Weinberg as he discusses the ultimate vision for the Archangel Youth Tech Leadership Program in Baltimore.
Learn more about Archangel:

Thursday Jun 15, 2023

Listen in as colleagues Dr. Julie Vogel and Laura MacDonald discuss creating mission-driven, goal-oriented campuses. It's a conversation between colleagues and an opportunity to learn more about your staff at NCEA.
This episode is sponsored by Archangel Education + Technology.
NSBECS Domain: Mission and Catholic Identity

Tuesday Jun 13, 2023

Catholic identity and mission are the responsibility of all members in a Catholic school community. Catholic high school sports programs sometimes struggle to give our faith authentic witness on the playing field. Join John Galvan, NCEA VP of Assessments, and his guest, John Padilla, Head Football Coach and History Teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Avondale, Arizona, as they discuss transforming sports programs through meaningful faith formation. The mission of the Athletic Department at St. John Paul II Catholic High School is to provide a Christ-centered approach in all of their athletic teams, forming champions for Christ on and off the field of competition.

Thursday Jun 08, 2023

Join this week's podcast hosts Crystal Berry, NCEA VP of Marketing, and Beth Rucinski, NCEA Educational Content Coordinator, as they chat about what the most important steps are for marketing Catholic schools. Learn how NCEA members can use their benefits to form a compelling strategic plan for communicating the good news of your school.
This replay is sponsored by NWEA:

Thursday May 25, 2023

On this week's episode, join host Josh Packard, Vice President of Strategy, and guests Karen Barreras, Director of Leadership Engagement, and Beth Rucinski, Marketing Campaign Manager, as they discuss lessons learned in work-life balance throughout their careers. From letting yourself say yes, to learning to say no, tune in for some actionable steps you can take to help leave work at work, while thriving in both your professional and personal life.
This episode is sponsored by Catholic Faith Technologies:

Tuesday May 23, 2023

In this special replay of the State of Catholic Education presentation from #NCEA2023, NCEA President/CEO Lincoln Snyder and a panel of educational leaders discuss important topics that impact Catholic education.
This episode is sponsored by Archangel Education + Technology.
To view a video version, visit
NSBECS Domain: Governance and Leadership

Go and Teach All Nations

Thursday May 18, 2023

Thursday May 18, 2023

It’s difficult to find someone who loves Catholic education more than Michael Deegan, Superintendent of the Archdiocese of New York. He has spent a lifetime serving our schools and is a living example of the good things that can happen when we listen, collaborate and strategically plan! Join Michael and NCEA’s Laura MacDonald; it's an opportunity for new strategies and inspiration as we celebrate the magnanimous work of this amazing servant leader!
This episode is sponsored by NWEA:
NSBECS Domain: Mission and Catholic Identity


National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

NCEA is the largest, private professional education association in the world. NCEA works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Our membership includes nearly 140,000 educators serving 1.6 million students in Catholic education.

As a professional association whose focus is Catholic school education, NCEA’s focus is to lead, learn and proclaim by:

  • Developing current and future leaders;
  • Providing educational resources and strategically expanding professional development opportunities for those committed to the mission of Catholic education; and
  • Serving as the national voice for Catholic schools

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