Programming Overview

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.

Emmaus Leadership Academies

The Emmaus Leadership Series is a transformative leadership development program offered by the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College. The Series serves Catholic school presidents, principals, and heads of school to strengthen them for the demands of leadership in education today. 


Catholic Leadership Cohort: Master's Degree 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. Online coursework trains the candidates in critical inquiry and the use of evidence, how to approach student development from a holistic perspective, and how to engage the community to support the whole child.

Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS)

The TWIN-CS is a Network of 19 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 (where leaders will network with a national expert in TWI and one another in small groups monthly), collegial visits, a resource site for members schools to access high quality curriculum, instructional, and assessment materials. 

Critical Conversations in Catholic Education

Annually, in partnership with graduate students from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, the Roche Center sponsors a course exploring a critical topic impacting Catholic education. 


Retreat for Women in Catholic Education Leadership

The backbone of the Catholic school system was built by religious women who gave much of their lives to educating children. Inspired by Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton this two-day retreat for Women in Catholic Education Leadership in Beverly, Massachusetts, will guide female Catholic leaders to learn, love and live their strengths. The focus of day one will be on gaining a deep understanding of and appreciation for one’s God-given talents; discovering how to build these talents into strengths; and learning to intentionally use one’s strengths for enhanced performance and success.

Roche Center Research Fellows

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, LSOE, CSOM, and STM faculty to conduct research and publish scholarship on Catholic schools. The year-long fellowship includes a stipend and additional support for research-related travel may be available. Fellows are expected to engage with the wider academic community by attending events and meeting with the University's faculty members and other visiting scholars. The fellowships are not academic appointments and have no teaching responsibilities. This is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students interested in advancing their contributions to service to Catholic schools and scholarship.