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The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education

Dual-Language Immersion Fosters Good Fit with Students, Catholic School Identity

The Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) initiative at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education helps Holy Rosary Regional School, a pre-k through 8 Catholic school in Tacoma, Wash., increase enrollment and enrich all students through dual-language English and Spanish immersion. News Story

Hunter Named Associate Director of Research Initiatives

The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education of the Lynch School of Education is pleased to announce that Cristina Hunter, Ph.D. will become the Associate Director of Research Initiatives.  Press Release

Roche Center Hosts Catholic School Teams to Focus on Student and Faculty Faith Formation

The Roche Center for Catholic Education brought together over 120 Catholic school principals, teachers, and students from New England and beyond for an Emmaus Series workshop titled, Evangelii Gaudium: Renewing Student and Faculty Faith Formation.  Participants came to Boston College for a day of learning, collaboration, and action planning to transform their schools. News Release: Boston College Public Affairs

Emmaus Cohort 2015 Applications Being Accepted

The Roche Center for Catholic Education is now accepting applications for the 2015 Cohort of The Emmaus Series: A Leadership Advantage Program for Catholic School Leaders.  For more information about this opportunity, please visit The Emmaus Series Website.

The Roche Center and Boston College Welcome New Superintendent

The Roche Center, Boston College, local Catholic educators, and supporters of Catholic education welcomed the Archdiocese of Boston's new Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Kathleen P. Mears, at a reception hosted at the Cadigan Alumni Center at Boston College.  The Boston College Chronicle l The Pilot

Two-Way Immersion Network School, St. Leo the Great, Featured on Univision

Teachers, parents, and Principal Carol Johnosn of St. Leo the Great Catholic School, located in San Antonio, Texas, were featured on the area's Univision news outlet discussing the success of the school's bilingual education program.  St. Leo the Great is part of the Roche Center's Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) and receives on-going support from the TWIN-CS Design Team, which is comprised of bilingual education experts at Boston College and other universities. Video Segment from Unvision

Mears Appointed Superintendent of Boston Catholic Schools

The Archdiocese of Boston has announced that Kathleen Power Mears has been selected to be the next Superintendent of Schools.  Ms. Mears formerly served as the Executive Director for Elementary Education at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Washington, D.C.  Press Release from the Archdiocese of Boston

Emmaus Series Principals Lead Haiti Trip with Students

Two Catholic school leaders, Bernie Audette and Anne Kenendy, who are part of the Roche Center's Emmaus Series Leadership Program, led a mission trip to Haiti during Easter Break for their students at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School in Worcester, Massachusetts.  During the trip, the group cleared land, built a small home, met many new people, and got to experience the Haitian culture.  The Catholic Free Press

The Roche Center at the 2014 NCEA Annual Conference

Staff from The Roche Center will be attending the Annual National Catholic Educational Association's (NCEA) Conference in Pittsburgh from April 22nd - April 24th. Staff members and doctoral students will be leading sessions on the Two-Way Immersion Network of Catholic Schools, The Jesuit High School Study, and The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.  Please use this link for a complete list of Roche Center Sessions.

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Roche Center Featured in The Boston College Chronicle

The Chronicle features an article on the innovative programs sponsored by The Roche Center and how Catholic school leaders are using the new resources they gain and the relationships they foster to transform their schools. The Boston College Chronicle

Keeping the Faith

Kristin Melley, Associate Director of the Roche Center, recently published an article in Today's Catholic Teacher focusing on Catholic identity and professional development for Catholic school teachers. Today's Catholic Teacher

Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill Reflects on Enrollment in the Diocese of Worcester

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.,Executive Director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, discusses enrollment issues facing Catholic schools in Western Massachusetts. Worcester Telegram

Roche Center Research to be Featured at National Conference

Staff members of the Roche Center for Catholic Education have been selected to present at the upcoming American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Annual Conference.  Two research initiatives of the Roche Center, the Jesuit High Schools and National Study of Youth and Religion Project and the Two-Way Immersion Network of Catholic Schools, will be featured.

Roche Center Hosts Emmaus Leadership Retreat for Principals

The Roche Center for Catholic Education hosted 23 Catholic school principals from across New England at the Connors Retreat Center in Dover, Masschusetts to discuss marketing, enrollment, academics, technology, and many other facets of running a 21st Century Catholic school.  The group with get together for additional workshops and retreats many times over the next two years.

TWIN-CS Featured in eColloquia

eColloquia, a newsletter for the Lynch School of Education of Boston College alumni and friends, featured an article, "Landmark Dual-Language Learning Launched in Catholic Schools," about the Roche Center's Two-Way Immersion Network.  eColloquia

Heavy Hearts Over the Closing of Cathedral Grammar School

Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Executive Director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, reflects about the closing of Catholic schools across the nation, in response to the recent announcement of the closing of Cathedral Grammar School in Boston's South End. Boston Globe

Roche Center Publishes 2011 - 2012 Annual Report

The Roche Center for Catholic Education has released its 2011-2012 Annual Report, highlighting the programs and growth of the Roche Center over the last year. Annual Report

New Programs Aim to Help Catholic Elementary School Principals

The Roche Center's Emmaus Series, a leadership workshop that prepares school administrators in all areas of school management, is featured in an article about innovative Catholic leadership programs for principals. Iobserve

Bilingual Education in Catholic Schools

Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Executive Director of the Roche Center, and Heather Gossart of the National Catholic Educational Association, discuss the advantages of bilingual education in Catholic schools. BlogTalk Radio

Roche Center Staff to Present at NCEA

Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, the Executive Director of the Roche Center, and Kristin Melley, Associate Director for Professional Development, will both be presenting and facilitating workshops at the National Catholic Educational Associationís (NCEA) annual convention, held this week in Houston, Texas. 

Struggling Catholic Schools Strategize to Draw New Students

Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Executive Director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, speaks about the status of Catholic education in the United States and enrollment changes affecting Cathlic schools across the nation. Reuters

St. Mary's Lynn Participates in Leadership Team Initiative

Grace Regan, Dr. Mark DiFabio, and Jade Henne from Saint Mary's High School in Lynn, Massachusetts, participated in the Roche Center's Leadership Team Initiative this summer and are excited to practice what they learned during the retreat into action once the new school year begins.  The Daily Item

Roche Center Staff to Present on Standards

Roche Center Executive Director, Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill and Associate Director, Kristin Melley, will be presenting at an upcoming conference at Loyola University, Chicago focusing on the National Catholic Standards.  Loyola University Center for Catholic School Effectiveness l The Catholic School Standards Project

TWIN-CS in the News

With the start of the school year, the Roche Center's Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools has received national media coverage for the implementation of dual-language programs in Catholic schools across the country. Univision 41 San Antonio, TX l mySA San Antonio, TX l CBS 13 Baltimore, MD l ABC 12 San Antonio, TX

In Memoriam: Patrick E. Roche Dies at age 83

Patrick E. Roche, philanthropist, co-founder of Roche Bros. Supermarkets, and supporter of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, passed away at the age of 83. Mr. Roche attended Catholic schools himself, and was always an enthusiastic supporter of Catholic education. Patriot Ledger

Roche Center Hosts Pastors and Principals

The Roche Center for Catholic Education hosted the second annual Pastor and Principal Leadership Conference at the Connors Retreat and Conference Center in Dover, Massachusetts.  The conference brought together pastor-principal teams from four states, fostering collaboration and friendship.

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