The 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders
Welcome! The Archdiocese of Boston is thrilled to be the host diocese for the 2017 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders (ICSL 2017)! Taking place July 16-19, ICSL 2017 is an annual leadership gathering dedicated to serving current and aspiring elementary and secondary principals, presidents, pastors and school board leaders working on behalf of Catholic schools.
Topics covered at this event include:
Spiritual and catechetical formation
Strategies for promoting the mission, vision and Catholic identity of your school
Financing the mission and marketing for mission/charism
The latest models for leadership formation/succession planning and governance/board development
Proven methods to improve teacher/principal evaluation and academic rigor/curriculum
The conference is at the Westin Waltham Boston, in Waltham, Massachusetts, which is 17 miles from downtown Boston. Boston is home to many exciting attractions, including Quincy Market, the Freedom Trail, New England Aquarium, Boston Harbor, Fenway Park, and more! Learn more about Boston in the video below.
We asked Catholic Schools Office staff members if they have any special recommendations for visitors looking for a great meal. Boy, did they ever!
Kathy: The Union Oyster House is a must-see. They have great clam chowder! The restaurant was established in 1826, and its housed in a building that dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days. Visitors can soak up delicious smells with a side of history with every visit. Alexis: My favorite restaurant is Sweet Lemons in Weymouth. Try the Shumai - it's EXCELLENT! I love visiting the New England Aquarium. Highlights include the penguin exhibit and the four-story, 200,000 gallon ocean tank. Amy: I love Eastern Standard in Fenway; it is a great place for burger-lovers and foodies alike. The restaurant is connected to the Hotel Commonwealth and offers a beautiful patio, which is perfect for people watching, delicious food, and inventive cocktails. When you are finished, you can walk around the corner to Fenway Park and join a tour of Boston's beloved ballpark. Annie: Boston's North End is famous, and for good reason! Dinner on the Fiore roofdeck can make you feel like a local, especially when it's followed by an espresso martini at Bricco. If you have time, catch a late-night show at Improv Asylum! Sr. Barbara: Spend some time in Cambridge, and try the beer sampler at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House - you'll find it right on Harvard Square. After, take a very short walk, and enjoy tasty and inexpensive Vietnamese cuisine at Le's Restaurant. Jen: Work up an appetite by shopping at Copley Place. Afterward, settle into a cozy booth at Maggiano's. Save room for the New York Style Cheesecake! Martha: When I'm in Boston, I always take a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. We often follow the walk with fabulous Italian food at Nebo or cocktails and Sicilian cuisine with amazing harbor views at the Daily Catch. Meghan: Find your way to the Prudential Center, and enjoy a sit-down lunch or grab sandwiches at Eataly (a dining experience). After you've eaten to your heart's content, you could pay $19 to visit the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor...or you can ride the elevator to the 52nd floor, and enjoy a drink at The Top of the Hub and enjoy the same view for the price of a drink!