Roche Center Events
The Roche Center for Catholic Education creates and co-sponsors programming that seeks to transform systems and structures in K-12 Catholic schools and in society at large. To this end, the Center partners with schools, centers and intitiatives across the Univeristy and beyond to advance the formative mission of the University and to live out the magis, or "more," of Ignatian spirituality. We look forward to having you join us for these events, as we collaborate to manifest the cura personalis, or "care of the whole person."
NOTE: All times are EST.
Catholic schools serve close to 62 million students globally at the preschool, primary, and secondary levels. By managing the largest non-governmental school network in the world, the Catholic Church plays an important role in efforts to achieve SDG4, especially in low-income countries. In 2020, OIEC released the first Global Catholic Education Report. The second edition of the report for 2021 focuses on learning poverty, education pluralism, and the implications of the COVID-19 Crisis. The report explores the impact of the crisis on educational attainment and learning across countries, as well as the issue of education pluralism, suggesting that education pluralism should be taken into account when considering state support for nonprofit faith-based schools. The report also discusses regulatory framework for Catholic schools, as well as interventions that could improve educational outcomes in Catholic and other schools. Finally, the report includes an updated statistical annex on enrollment trends in Catholic schools in more than 100 countries.
This event is FREE. Register here: https://bit.ly/37PGpLO
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
RSVP HERE (to get the Zoom link by email and/or to enter the Ticket Lottery to attend in person): https://bit.ly/3pG4egQ
It may be the season of L O V E but this is so much better than a dating talk! Agape Latte is back for second semester with our special Valentine's Day Edition story with Melodie Wyttenbach (Executive Director, BC Roche Center).
Due to social distancing regulations, we're having a lottery for free tickets to the in-person Agape Latte at Boston College (for BC students/grad students only).
The event will also be livestreamed on Zoom and all are welcome!
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Lottery ticket winners will receive the BC event location by email.
Leading and learning within a Catholic school requires a singular disposition – one that has the humility to be reflective but the audacity to believe that one speaks in the vernacular of Christ the Teacher in all aspects of the role. This vernacular, which Pope Francis terms the language of the mind, the language of the heart, and the language of the hands, informs not only the professional identity but also the personal formation of the Catholic professional. Using the words of those at the ‘chalk face’, my lecture will explore and celebrate this unique synthesis of the professional, the spiritual and the personal in the life and practice of educators in Catholic schools and articulate the prophetic nature of their role in the contemporary church.
Presenter: Dr. Maureen Glackin, General Secretary at Catholic Independent Schools' Conference, Twickenham, United Kingdom
This event is FREE. Register here: https://bit.ly/39S8F3b
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Edith Stein (Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, 1891-1942) modeled what is at the heart of Catholic education: the fostering of authentic personhood. After an overview of her life and work, the presenter will explore key aspects of her understanding of the nature of persons and of spirituality, before presenting major themes in her writings on education. Edith Stein can still guide and inspire Catholic educators and those wishing to integrate professional work with Christian discipleship.
Presenter: John Sullivan, Emeritus Professor, Liverpool Hope University
This event is FREE. Register here: https://bit.ly/37On2mr
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Shepherding Talent is a pioneering informal formation programme in which teachers identified as having potential for leadership are challenged to explore their vocation to lead. The content of the programme is based around the imperative for all Catholic schools to maintain a balance between school improvement and Catholic distinctiveness. The integrity of vocation and profession in the context of discipleship figures prominently and defines the nature of the seminars. Through workshops, the mission of the Catholic educator is elucidated alongside a consideration of personal disposition and values, inviting a critically reflective response to leadership. This interplay and its impact will be discussed in this chapter alongside the key concepts and ideas embedded within the five constituent modules of the Shepherding Talent programme. (Offered as part of the International G.R.A.C.E. Lecture Series)
Presenters: Dr. Caroline Healy, senior university lecturer for the MA in Catholic School Leadership and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Programmes and Ph.D. doctoral supervisor at St. Mary's University London; and Associate Professor Dr. John Lydon, director of the MA in Catholic School Leadership Programme and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Catholic Education, St. Mary's University London
This event is FREE. Register here: http://bit.ly/39AwfRE
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM