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. Emmaus participants learn deeply about a self-selected 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. This year-long experience begins each year in January and consists of two in-person retreats and monthly calls on a host of topics that address critical issues facing Catholic school superintendents. Throughout the time together, superintendents engage in collegial and challenging growth experiences, small group discussions, and problem-based learning activities.
Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS)
TWIN-CS is a dynamic national network of 21 Catholic Schools 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 opportunities throughout the year to support Catholic educators 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.
Roche Center Research Fellowships
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.
Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (G.R.A.C.E.) is an international research-based partnership between Mary Immaculate College in Ireland, Boston College in the United States, the University of Notre Dame in Australia, and now the International Office of Catholic Education (OIEC) in Rome. G.R.A.C.E. offers academics and everyone interested in a new, integrated and revitalized approach to Catholic education the opportunity to collaborate in the analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing Catholic schools. Activities include: (1) research and publications, including by doctoral students; (2) a series of lectures; (3) various forms of exchange through a community of practice.
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.