Centers & Initiatives

By developing new models of student support, reshaping achievement standards, enhancing Catholic education, and advancing human rights, our research centers and initiatives are at the forefront of educational change.

Research in Action

Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education 

Strengthening Catholic education through research-based educational innovations, professional development, advocacy, and outreach.

Center for Human Rights and International Justice

A multidisciplinary center nurturing leaders who improve global human rights through service and scholarship.

Center for International Higher Education

The premier center for global higher education promotes the value of international perspectives by enhancing research, publications, and sense of community.

Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children

Focused on studying and addressing the out-of-school factors that impact student success.

Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy

CSTEEP strengthens school assessment practice and policy with research, engagement, and advocacy.

Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education

Featuring an annual summit to discuss common challenges, share best practices, and connect the leaders of Catholic institutions.

Institute for the Study of Race and Culture

Championing race and culture as assets and addressing the societal conflicts associated with them.

Institute of Early Childhood Policy

A cross-disciplinary effort between LSEHD and the School of Social Work expanding research, training, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of early childhood development.

TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center

A global leader in educational assessments: Trends in Mathematics and Science Study and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

Work Intervention Network

A collaborative effort led by researchers, practitioners, and advocates who care deeply about equity, access to opportunity, and the inherent human rights of working people and their families.

The Campus School at Boston College

A Caring Community

For more than 50 years, the Campus School at Boston College has educated students ages 3 to 22 with extensive support needs, including complex health care needs. Our private, publicly funded, special education day school is situated in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development on the Boston College campus. Our dedicated educators, therapists, and nurses utilize a transdisciplinary approach to realize the potential in each one of our students.


From prison education to equitable instruction, our initiatives make a difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Catholic Education

The Catholic concept of formation is foundational to our heritage. We are dedicated to integrating intellectual excellence, research, and service to society.

Catholic Education Research Initiative

Conducting rigorous research in Catholic schools to better understand the impact and effectiveness on students and educators.

Community Justice & Engaged Pedagogy

This initiative creates transformative learning opportunities within and beyond prison walls. It also convenes dialogues and catalyzes applied research.

Equitable Instruction Initiative

This initiative helps disrupt inequalities by supporting schools and teachers in instruction that empowers student voices to support more equitable learning.

Formative Education

Formative education engages the whole person, guiding young people toward purposeful lives and challenging them to work toward fulfillment and more ideal selves and societies.

Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Scholars, researchers, and practitioners revitalizing traditions to augment our moral vocabulary for understanding clinical work within the context of a higher ethical calling.

Urban Outreach Initiatives

Our Office of Urban Outreach Initiatives (UOI) oversees several key programs dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s change agents. UOI efforts include the College Bound program and the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars program.

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