Housed within the top-ranked Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, The Roche Center for Catholic Education forms educators to become agents of change who work to create excellent and equitable Pre K-12 Catholic schools.
At the beginning of each calendar year, a new professional learning community (PLC) of 12 Catholic school superintendents convene to examine critical issues facing Catholic schools. Over the course of a year, superintendents engage in monthly calls that foster collegial and challenging growth experiences, small group discussions, and problem-based learning activities. The PLC experience also consists of two in-person retreats.
Annually, a select number of Catholic educators are accepted into the Catholic Leadership Cohort (CLC) as part of the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy, offered through the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. Over 20 months, CLC members take courses online, participate in faith formation experiences, and develop as a community of leaders.
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. Through asynchronous modules, Emmaus participants learn deeply about a chosen domain, receive executive coaching, participate in faith formation, and develop as a community of leaders.
Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS)
The Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) is a national initiative composed of 22 schools that share dual language research, ideas, techniques and resources with the goal of supporting students in becoming bilingual, bicultural and biliterate. TWIN-CS network support for members includes: a summer dual language 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.
“I've never felt more welcomed in a group. I look forward to the next opportunity to share sacred space and reflection with people who desire communion and connection with God.”
How a Border Immersion Influenced My Vocation
“We get lost in thinking that the Gospel is only about warm, easy love, and praying for everyone. While those themes are important, the Gospel call is also a challenge, and requires us to lean into discomfort. If you look at the life of Jesus, you will see that.”
Participant in the 2020 Encuentro Immersion
Former Theology teacher at Mount Alvernia High School
Community: Living and Learning with Others
“Community helps form a sense of purpose and direction that you wouldn’t necessarily have otherwise. It pulls you into a life that’s not as selfish or lucrative. It makes you think about how you can be a person for others and pursue work for the greater good.”
Participant in the 2020-2022 Catholic Leadership Cohort
Social Studies Teacher and Coach, The Cambridge Matignon School
Pausing and praying with other catholic educators
“I live more fully and with more joy when I’m intentional in how I spend my time. My priority is to always choose things that are going to bring me closer to God, and to seeing God more in myself and others.”
Participant: 2021 Lenten Retreat for Catholic Educators and the 2020 Summer Book Club "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church"
Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
St. Raymond Catholic School, Renlo Park, California
how faith and community sustain me in difficult times
“Most experiences are much more powerful when shared with others, especially when it’s people who don’t agree on everything, but at least share common values around the topic at hand."
Participant: 2021 Lenten Retreat for Catholic Educators, 2020 Encuentro Immersion, and 2020 Summer Book Club "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church"
Former Principal of St. Agnes School in Arlington, Massachusetts