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: 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.
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.
Superintendent Professional Learning Community
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.
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
Since the inception of Catholic schools in the United States, women have played an integral leadership role in their founding. Inspired by Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton and Katharine Drexel, this two-day retreat for Women in Catholic Education Leadership will guide female Catholic leaders to learn, love and live their strengths. The focus 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
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.