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. Designed with teachers in mind, the courses provide accessible yet challenging content that can be immediately applied to culturally and linguistically diverse classroom contexts. Different courses are offered each semester and throughout the summer, so we invite you to check back often!


Fall 2020 Professional Education Courses

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Educating for Racial Justice Through Art

In the Christian tradition, “sacramentality” is the belief that the created world, which is imbued with the intimacy and infinitude of God, has the power to open our hearts and minds to a different and deeper reality. When understood this way, the creative work of art also possesses the same potential. Acknowledging the critical role educators play in facilitating difficult conversations about racial (in)justice, this course engages visual art as a way to lead students through challenging dialogue. Structured in a way that is readily applicable to classroom conversations, the course provides opportunities to engage in contemplative critique of religious and contemporary racial justice artwork and to explore feelings effected by the artwork. Participants will then be invited to create their own art as a way to process personal experiences of racism and injustice, and as a way to transform the current reality.

When: Online September 22, 23, and 24, 2020 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. EST

Cost: Free for Boston College students and alumni; $50/person for non-BC students and alumni (Note: Should more than one individual from a school register, the cost is reduced to $25 for all participants.)


  • Orin Carpenter, Visual and Performing Arts Director, Marin Catholic High School, and Professional Artist (
  • Denise Morris, Associate Director of Outreach, Roche Center for Catholic Education

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Creating Equitable Curriculum for Catholic Educators

Respect for human dignity, justice and the common good are fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching. Creating antiracist Catholic schools means an adherence to these teachings that create and promote school cultures that value and support inclusive curriculum, pedagogy, and policies, while deeply understanding the systemic racism that shapes many of our current instructional practices. Recognizing the important role classroom teachers play in creating antiracist schools, this professional education course examines the foundational pedagogy and theory of antiracist classrooms, examines school and classroom practices that lead to equity, and challenges teachers to create an equitable curriculum they can implement in their classrooms.

When: Online Wednesday evenings (10/7-11/4) from 7:30 to 9 p.m. EST (5 sessions)

Cost: $50 (Should more than one individual from a school register, the cost is reduced to $25 for all participants)


  • Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education
  • Jeremy Alexander, Fellow of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, and Doctoral Candidate in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College
  • Sterling Brown, Dean of Students at Creighton Preparatory High School, and Doctoral Candidate in the School of Education at Saint Louis University

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Virtual Book Club: Teaching Dual Language Learners, What Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know

Educators participating in this book club will explore a new text by Dr. Lisa Lopez, University of South Florida, and Dr. Mariela Páez, Boston College. Engaging with this text through small-group conversation and independent reflection, this text provides the latest research findings on supporting the learning and development of bilingual and multilingual children. Participants will discuss best instructional and assessment practices and ways to integrate these practices into their classrooms. Through a review of case studies, reflection questions with other dual-language educators, participants will enhance their work with young dual language learners (DLLs).

When: Online, Oct. 1 – Dec. 10, Thursdays, 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EST (6 sessions).

Cost: For TWIN-CS member schools, the only cost is the purchase ofTeaching Dual Language Learners, What Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know; non-member schools are welcome to participate at an additional $50 per person.

Facilitator: Stephanie Margetts, Program Director TWIN-CS, Roche Center for Catholic Education



Introduction to Spanish Linguistics for Heritage Speakers

This year long course is designed for heritage Spanish speakers who already have a background in Spanish, but desire to have more formal studies in linguistics, grammar and syntax. The course content focuses on the analysis of the formal linguistic characteristics of the Spanish language. Explore the Spanish sound system (phonetics and phonology), formation of words (morphology), and sentence structure (syntax); and Examine the evolution of the different Spanish varieties (historic, regional, and social).This course will emphasize Spanish used in formal academic contexts.

When: Online Saturdays: October 3 – May 21, 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST

Cost: $400 per person (Note: If more than one member at a school registers, the cost is reduced to $300/person.)

Professional Development Points (PDPs): 24 PDPs and certification of completion are awarded upon completion of course

Facilitator: Dr. Bridget Yaden, Director of Hispanic Studies, Pacific Lutheran College & TWIN-CS Mentor