Roche Center to Present at NCEA 2013

Roche Center to Present at NCEA 2013

CHESTNUT HILL, April 1, 2013– Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, the Executive Director of the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education of Boston College, 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.  Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill will be leading, Piloting Mission Driven Schools, with Dr. Michael Boyle, Assistant Director for the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University, Chicago, while Ms. Melley will be presenting, Rethinking Catholic Identity: Giving Students Meaningful Catholic Experiences.  Both Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill and Ms. Melley will also be facilitating sessions on the Innovation Institute for Catholic Educators, a program designed by the Roche Center and NCEA to promote and support innovative academic opportunities for PreK-12 Catholic education, and the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative, a national working group that develops and disseminates resources to assist Catholic schools with integrating elements of Catholic identity into curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards.

The NCEA Convention is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation and is being held in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic and faith-based education from preschool, elementary, secondary, adult education, colleges and universities, to local parish pastors, priests, directors of parish religious education programs, parish volunteers, and more.

The Boston College Board of Trustees established the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education in 2007 as part of the Lynch School of Education.  The Roche Center strives to strengthen Catholic education through the generation and promotion of research-based educational innovations to lead the transformation of Catholic education.  For more information on the Roche Center and the Innovation Institute for Catholic Educators, please visit www.rochecenter.org.