Housed within the top-ranked Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, The Roche Center for Catholic Education forms Catholic school educators to become agents of change who work to create excellent Pre K-12 schools. Roche Center programs align to the following four strategic initiatives: leadership formation, the development of culturally and linguistically diverse schools, innovative professional education, and research. Each program aims to strengthen and transform Catholic schools and improve student outcomes.
Catholic Leadership Cohort: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy
Annually, a select number of Catholic educators are accepted into the Catholic Leadership Cohort as part of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy, offered through the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Over twenty months, Catholic Leadership Cohort members take courses online, participate in faith formation experiences, and develop as a community of leaders.
Emmaus Leadership Academies
The Emmaus Leadership Academies focus on leadership development in four critical domains, as defined by the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools: Catholic & Mission Identity, Governance & Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality. Over ten months, Emmaus participants learn deeply about a chosen domain area, receive executive coaching, participate in faith formation experiences, and develop as a community of leaders.
There are few professional development opportunities for leaders at the diocesan level. The year-long experience begins in January with an in-person retreat, followed by three face-to-face in-person meetings complimenting national gatherings, and monthly virtual conversations.
Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS)
The TWIN-CS is a Network of 20 Catholic Schools nationally implementing a two-way immersive model of instruction. TWIN-CS was founded in 2012, and support for members includes: a summer academy, monthly webinars, professional learning communities led by national dual-language experts, collegial visits, and a resource site for member schools to access high quality curriculum, instructional, and assessment materials.
Ongoing Professional Education
In collaboration with leading experts and researchers at Boston College and beyond, the Roche Center offers innovative professional education along with family faith enrichment opportunities throughout the year to support Catholic educators and families in the sacred work of formation. Within a supportive communal context, participants are invited to reflect not only on pedagogy, but on the personal and spiritual understanding of teaching and formation as a Christian vocation. The Fall 2020 courses are listed below:
Educating for Racial Justice Through Art
Creating Equitable Curriculum for Catholic Educators
Virtual Book Club: Teaching Dual Language Learners, What Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics for Heritage Speakers
Roche Center Research Fellowship
The Roche Center offers fellowships to conduct research, advance the practice in Catholic education, and/or support the leadership programming of the Center. There are semester-long and year-long fellowships. As appropriate, these individuals will collaborate with Roche Center Staff, LSEHD, CSOM, and STM faculty to conduct research and publish scholarship on Catholic schools. This is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students interested in advancing their contributions to service to Catholic schools and scholarship.
Roche Center Partnerships
At the Roche Center, we practice the magis or "more" by partnering with Catholic centers, institutes, schools and initiatives across Boston College and beyond in order to advance the formative mission of the University. These partnerships also expand the breadth and diversity of formation opportunities available to Catholic educators. As St. Paul explains in 1 Corinthians, we are many parts with distinct ministries, yet we remain one body baptized in and by the one Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:12-27) Together, we are missioned to bring Christ to the world. The collaborate efforts of energies of our partnering organziations exist to bring about the greater glory of God.