Empowering Catholic Educators

Teacher-leaders play a critical role in determining school culture and improving student learning outcomes. With this in mind, the Roche Center created the Empowering Catholic Educators program, which develops and supports current and aspiring teacher-leaders in the core areas of reading, language arts, and mathematics. Over the course of two years, teams of teachers from Catholic schools hone the skills and dispositions necessary to transform their schools.

Excellent Catholic schools are shaped by communion and community, making it essential that the gifts and talents of all are developed to complement the whole. As St. Paul writes, we are many parts, one body. Research shows that distributed leadership models develop the capacity of teams, over an individual, in turn strengthening the viability of an organization.

Program Structure

Program Information



The Empowering Catholic Educators program is designed for elementary and secondary Catholic school teacher-leaders.

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2021-2022 Dates

  • August 5-6, 2021: Course participants will meet in-person on the Boston College campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Participants will meet in teacher teams and in professional learning communities during the months of October, November, February, and March. Dates will be determined based on participant availability.
  • The second in-person gathering will be an in-person two-day retreat held at Boston College's Connors Center in Dover, Mass. Dates will be determined based on participants' availability.

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The cost for the Empowering Catholic Educators program is $15,000 for a team of three teacher-leaders per school. Schools may add teachers for an additional $5,000 per person.

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Registration is limited to 15 schools per year.

The deadline to register is July 1.

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About the Facilitator: Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D.

Melodie Wyttenbach

Dr. Melodie Wyttenbach is director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, Boston College. Melodie has served in various leadership roles, always in service to Catholic schools. Most recently she was a faculty member and academic director for the Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame, and prior to that, served in urban Catholic schools as president, principal, and teacher. Melodie presents nationally on topics such as Catholic School Governance and Effective Board Management, Strategic Planning, Development and Enrollment Management Strategies, and Making Schools Culturally Competent for New and Existing Latino Families. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.