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Roche Center's Inaugural Summit on Catholic Schools and Hispanic Families

The Roche Center for Catholic Education brought together 200 thought leaders for the first-ever "National Summit on Catholic Schools and Hispanic Families." The conversation focused on exploring different opportunities for Catholic schools to adopt new strategies to better service Hispanic families.

Long-Term Math Success Predicted by Early Exposure

Professor Dearing and other researchers who serve on the Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) Network explain the long-term developmental benefits of exploring basic math concepts with preschool-age children. The DREME Network has launched a number of initiatives that help parents teach their kids math through simple activities.

Should Higher Education Be Free?

Professor Diana Pullin and other experts in higher education debate one of the most popular policy concerns of the 2016 presidential debate: the cost of college. Pullin, a professor of education law and publicy policy, argues that the answer requires an understanding of the consensus of what should be "free" and the responsibilities of the state and federal governments in higher education.

Professor Established Collaboration for Global Education Initiative

Thomas More Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves established The Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC), which involves a public-private collaboration between leading educational agencies and international experts. ARC hosted its inaugural summit on September 14-15 in Reyjavik, Iceland, launching its initiative to improve primary and secondary education systems worldwide.  

U.C.T.C. Student Spotlight: Megan Fischer '17

Megan Fischer starts her second year of teaching through the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps (U.C.T.C.) this fall. She is pursuing a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and teaches third grade at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester, Mass. Read the full article by America Magazine to hear about Fischer's experience in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. 

City Connects Mentioned in NY Times Article

In the New York Times article, "To Teach a Child to Read, First Give Him Glasses," the author David L. Kirp discusses the impact of community schools. He mentions City Connects, which operates in 79 elementary schools mainly in the Northeast. As a best practice, this student support system connects students to a set of prevention, intervention and enrichment services.




Professor Honored at Unveiling of Historical Marker

The members of the Richmond 34, including A.J. Franklin, the David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education, were honored at the unveiling of a historical marker in Richmond, Va. for their sit-in during the Civil Rights Movement. The subsequent arrests of 34 Virginia Union University students, which were later overturned, represented a significant victory.

Professor Co-Authors Report on Parenting Matters

Professor Eric Dearing co-authored "Parenting Matters," which focuses on supporting parents of young children. The report calls on health services and education agencies to make parenting a prioirty by developing a national framework to increase access to support systems for parents. 

Andy Hargreaves: Adviser on New International Education Panel for Scotland

Professor Andy Hargreaves, Lynch School’s Thomas More Brennan Chair, will serve on Scotland’s new International Council of Education Advisers. The Council will advise on the government’s priorities for education and develop action plans, which will be influenced by international best practice.

Roche Center Helps Catholic Schools Adopt a Dual-Language Curriculum

Four years ago, the Roche Center for Catholic Education helped pioneer the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), which includes a dual-language curriculum for Catholic elementary schools within the United States. Now, the schools involved with TWIN-CS have experienced an increase in enrollment and community support. 

City Connects Receives Grant to Fund Programming and Research

City Connects received a $300,000 grant from New Profit, Inc., a venture philanthropy organization, to expand the impact of the initiative's “whole child” support services and to increase the reach of its research and best practices. 

Professor Launches Global Initiative to Educate Displaced Children

Professor Dennis Shirley works with the Jesuit Refugee Services to launch the Global Education Initiative, which aims to raise $35 million in support of a curriculum that can work across cultures and languages, and for the training to prepare the citizen-teachers required to lead classes.

Professor David Blustein Receives Award for Leadership in Psychology

David Blustein received the 2016 Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) Award for Distinguished Leadership in Psychology. Blustein’s outstanding achievements through his practice and research have made longstanding contributions to the understanding of socioeconomic status. 

Understanding the Higher Education Landscape

Responding to the explosive growth in the internationalization of colleges and universities around the world, the Center for International Higher Education hosted summer workshops for delegations of administrators from universities in Russia, Mexico, and Asia.

Principal Eugenia McGowan Receives Honorary Degree

Eugenia (Gena) McGowan received an honorary degree from Boston College at the 2016 Commencement. Gena is honored for her groundbreaking work in transforming St. Matthew Catholic School through dual-language immersion. Her school participates in the Roche Center’s TWIN-CS program

Lynch School Celebrates Class of 2016 at 140th Commencement

For the Class of 2016, Commencement marked the culmination of years of study and focus, and celebrated the beginning of promising futures. On Monday, May 23, thousands of family and friends gathered at Boston College's campus to celebrate graduates who fulfilled their degree requirements. 

Introducing the Newly Appointed Lynch School Dean

Boston College has named Stanton Wortham, the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor and former associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as the inaugural Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education.

STEM Index Draws on TIMSS Data

In 2016, the U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index recorded a slight rise in hiring, education and general interest in technology and engineering over last year, while math education and general interest in science declined. The STEM Index draws on global data from Boston College’s TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center. 

Senior Spotlight: Ryan Lee '16

As Commencement nears, applied psychology and human development major Ryan Lee '16 reflects on the educational technology skills he learned both in and outside of the classroom. During his time at the Lynch School, Lee was president of Students for Education Reform; campus coordintator for Teach for America, and co-founder of the educational technology start-up TradeRoutes. 


Lynch Academy Marks Five Years

A joint initiative of the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management, the Lynch Leadership Academy has in its first five years served more than 150 principals and aspiring principals. The academy was established through a $20 million gift from the Lynch Foundation, created by Trustee Peter S. Lynch '65, H'95, P'01, and his wife, Carolyn A. Lynch H'09, P'01, who passed away last year.

Helping Guatemalans Find Missing Family

Professor M. Brinton Lykes, associate director for the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, is leading the Migration and Human Rights Project in helping residents of Zacualpa, Quiché, Guatemala to locate family members who have migrated to the U.S. The project is a collaboration among local Zacualpans, Guatemala-based researchers and religious, and Boston College-based students, faculty, and legal staff.

Ever To Excel

Visiting Lecturer Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy was named the Boston College Faculty 'Ever to Excel' Reverend John R. Trzaska, S.J. Award Winner for 2016, given to a faculty member who expanded the horizons, skills, and value systems of Boston College students by providing support and guidance outside of the classroom.

Rating the Ratings in Teacher Prep

A study led by Cawthorne Chair Marilyn Cochran-Smith finds leading systems used to evaluate teacher preparation programs lack evidence-based policies in their core designs. The findings were presented at the AERA annual meeting.

Honors at AERA

Professor María Estela Brisk was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 100th annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Ana Martínez Alemán received the 2016 Outstanding Publication Award for Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education.

Latinos and Catholic Schools

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, executive director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, commented on her new report, "Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church."

Inaugural Faculty Seminar Builds International Connections

Associate Professor Paul Poteat embarked on an inaugural faculty seminar to Turkey. He helped to further Boston College's tradition of building global connections. 

Professor Launches International Educational Policy Initiative

The Atlantic Rim Collaboratory, founded by Professor Andy Hargreaves, aims to study and improve educational systems throughout the world.

Research Day at Boston College: Big Data

Professor and TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center Director Ina Mullis presented at Boston College's Research Day. The theme was “Big Data.” 

Lynch School Ranked as a Top School of Education

For the 16th consecutive year, the Lynch School of Education has been ranked a top 25 graduate school of education by U.S. News and World Report.

Developments in Career Psychology and Multiculturalism

Professor David Blustein sat down with the Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning to discuss his research on developments in career psychology, inclusion, and multiculturalism.