The Roche Center for Catholic Education forms Catholic school educators to become agents of change who work to create excellent Pre K-12 schools. Through our advocacy and research-based professional development programs, we help Catholic schools live out their mission to educate children for faith-filled, successful lives. Please learn more about us by looking through our programs, and our support of dual-language immersion schools.
Dual Immersion Schools Put Kids Ahead of Curve
Dual-Immersion schools (like D.C.'s Sacred Heart, a TWIN-CS school) benefit kids and communities, says U.S. Catholic
In the Spotlight
Catholic Ed 4 All Podcast featuring Kristin Melley
Kristin Melley, Director of Professional Development at the Roche Center for Catholic Education, talks about her background and what led her to Boston College and to the Roche Center. She details the eight-credit Certificate for Exceptional Learners in Catholic Education offered by the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and Human Development at Boston College.
Listen to the podcast here.
Dr. Sonia Nieto Announced as Keynote Speaker for TWIN-CS Summer Academy
The Roche Center for Catholic Education is pleased to announce that the TWIN-CS Summer Academy will have as its keynote speaker Dr. Sonia Nieto. Dr. Nieto is an award-winning author, educator, and advocate for diversity, equity, and social justice in education. Her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. To learn more about TWIN-CS and the great work they do with dual language immersion schools, visit their site here.
The Roche Center is proud to announce our new Executive Director, Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph. D.
Melodie brings extensive experience as a Catholic school principal and working on the professional development of Catholic school leaders at Notre Dame. She served as president of Nativity Jesuit Academy in Milwaukee where she worked previously as a teacher and administrator for the academy’s middle school. She also was an administrator with the Nativity-Miguel Network of Schools, a group of faith-based schools that serve low-income communities throughout the U.S.
Dr. Wyttenbach recently co-edited the book Responding to the Call for Educational Justice: Transformative Catholic-led Initiatives in Urban Education. She is also finishing work on a second book, Strategic Planning for Catholic School Leaders, to be published this fall.
We are excited to welcome Melodie to the team!
Emmaus Series Cohort 17 Commencement
This May, the Emmaus Series leaders of cohort 17 concluded their journeys with a closing retreat, held at the Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center. Congratulations to these wonderful Catholic school leaders who are working for transformative change at their schools.
You can learn more about the Emmaus Leadership Series here.
Emmaus Leadership Series Welcomes Cohort 19
Sixteen leaders in Catholic school administration from across the nation gathered at the Boston College Connors Family Retreat Center in Dover, Mass., this summer to begin a 20-month professional development program in spiritual, academic, and operational leadership. The program consists of workshops, webinars, and retreats focusing on key issues such as effective financial planning, marketing and enrollment, and Catholic school mission, among others. Leaders who complete the Emmaus Series are prepared to make their schools’ missions and visions a tangible, sustainable reality. Learn more.