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
Critical Conversations in Catholic Education Course
The Roche Center, in partnership with the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, launched its first ever Critical Conversations in Catholic Education course this spring with a class called "El Encuentro: Immigration and the Catholic Educator's Response." Using Catholic Social Ethics and varied experiences of “Encounter,” the course invited students to critically evaluate their understanding of immigration in light of their roles as Catholic school educators. Course participants will be challenged to apply what they learn through this experience to their local Catholic schools and through their facilitation of a symposium on culturally responsive schools for Catholic schools in Lynn, MA. Read about one participant's experience 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.
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!