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Call for Abstracts

Guidelines & Submissions

Submission of abstracts for conference presentations are now open and will close on Friday 14 February 2020.

Presentation Format

There are three possible formats for presentations:

  • individual oral presentations of 30 minutes as part of a 90-minute concurrent session
  • a 60-minute workshop presentation (interactive)
  • poster presentations.

All abstracts must be submitted by Friday 14 February 2020.


The NCEC conference 2020 will have four streams:

  • Catholic Identity and Mission
  • Leadership and Governance
  • School Improvement
  • Communication and Community Engagement.

When you submit your abstract, please nominate the stream which applies to your presentation.

We recognise that it’s sometimes difficult to determine which category your abstract may fall into. Should this apply to you, please submit your abstract and the program committee will allocate a stream depending on your content. This may include abstracts related to new research trends.

A number of possible topics for each stream have been suggested below:

Catholic Identity & Mission

  • How to be an authentic Catholic educator in a secularising world
  • Catholic communities in dialogue with the world
  • What is the nature and purpose of a Catholic school today?
  • How to be authentic in identity in the current Catholic school context
  • Religious Education in the mission of the Catholic school
  • Understanding the learner in the Religious Education classroom
  • How does a Catholic anthropology inform formation for mission?
  • The understanding of context to shape formation for mission

Leadership & Governance

  • Organisational structures characterised by service and subsidiarity in decision-making
  • Formation of key leaders in Church-related institutions
  • Educational policy, leadership, management and administration
  • Linkage with local Church and the mission of evangelisation in policy, practice and attitudes
  • Utilisation of appropriate processes to monitor, review, report and provide accountability to Church, governments and communities
  • Continuous improvement in Catholic education offices
  • Characteristics of good governance within Catholic institutions

School Improvement

  • School improvement in a Catholic context
  • Working towards system success
  • Developing highly accomplished and lead teachers
  • Educational leaders designing and delivering strategies to enable deeper learning (students and staff)
  • Educational change through technologies
  • Catholic perspectives on teaching and learning in the Australian Curriculum
  • Leading quality change effectively
  • Religious Education
  • Building and sustaining excellence
  • Creativity and innovation in learning and teaching
  • Learning environments for diverse learners
  • Engaging research to inform practice
  • Closing the educational gap for Indigenous students

Communication & Community Engagement

  • Building the Catholic school faith community
  • Creating productive relationships and enduring partnerships – schools, families, parishes, services and communities
  • Working with children, parents, parishes and schools in faith formation
  • Working with parents as partners in learning
  • The importance of student voice
  • Using technology effectively to engage with communities
  • Student wellbeing
  • Supporting families in need through integrated services
  • Schools as the social centre of communities

Submitting an Abstract

Please submit your document online in Microsoft Word only, using the template provided. We recommend that you use this template and save your abstract before uploading.


  • Abstracts are a maximum of 250 words.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Arial 11 point font.
  • Abstract submissions must be submitted on the abstract template.
  • The presenting author’s name must be underlined and all author affiliations (organisation, suburb, state) included.
  • The abstract title must be typed in bold font (upper and lowercase only).

Once you have submitted your abstract online, you will receive an email containing your personal access key. This access key can be used to enter the ‘Speaker Zone’ where you can view or make changes to your submitted abstract.

Terms and Conditions

  • All presenting authors must register and pay to attend at least one day of the conference.
  • Submission of an abstract implies the author’s agreement to publish the abstract in all conference publications including the website.
  • Successful abstracts must be presented by the author/s or a nominated co-author.
  • Acceptance of abstracts does not imply any payment from the Organising Committee. Authors must arrange and pay for their own accommodation, travel etc. to attend the conference.
  • Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Program Committee, whose decision is final.