Center Research and Resources
Roche Center Resources for Anti-Racism
Educators are at the crux of the racial justice movement as they navigate difficult classroom and community-wide conversations about race and racial (in)justice. To assist in this necessary and sacred work, The Roche Center has compiled this list of resources. While not exhaustive, it is extensive and is organized by medium, topic, grade level and audience, so that all who minister as educators might find it easily accessible.
The landmark 2012 publication of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools was the result of a multi-year collaboration between the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College and the Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University Chicago. Copyright ownership of this document was transferred in 2020 from these centers to the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). This document articulates a series of standards and benchmarks in four key areas: Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality. Catholic educators are encouraged to use this as a resource, as it provides a measure of accountability for the excellence and rigor, faith, and nurturance that have been the hallmark of Catholic education. More information on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools can currently be found at http://catholicschoolstandards.org.
Seven Steps to Strategic Planning for Catholic School Leaders
Seven Steps to Strategic Planning for Catholic School Leaders articulates a rationale for strategic planning, examines how this process unfolds in a school community, and provides Catholic school leaders the tools to execute and successfully monitor the implementation of a strategic plan. To help you understand how this process may unfold in your Catholic school, throughout the book we provide real-life insights from Catholic School leaders who have journeyed the strategic planning process and openly shared with us lessons they learned along the way.
Written by Melodie Wyttenbach
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education describes the Roche Center’s founding of Two-Way Immersion Network of Catholic Schools, the theory of action that drove its design, and the compelling evidence linking the networked approach to subsequent growth in student achievement and enrollment at the schools. Chapters written by the network’s mentors examine in detail six practices that were key to driving the schools’ transformation, including critical conversations, fidelity assurances to the two-way immersion model, coordinated professional development, teacher reflection cycles, family engagement, and distributive leadership.
Edited by Martin Scanlan, Cristina Hunter, and Elizabeth Howard.
Responding to the Call for Educational Justice: Transforming Catholic-Led Initiatives in Urban Education
Responding to the Call for Educational Justice: Transforming Catholic-Led Initiatives in Urban Education is a volume of work that attests to the innovative and successful educational alternatives designed and implemented by Catholic religious groups to improve educational, career, and life outcomes for urban children, adolescents, and adults placed at risk. These efforts have helped thousands of urban citizens break away from the chains of poverty and poor academic preparation to succeed in high school and beyond and secure a place of meaning and influence in adult society. In this volume, we examine the contributions of networks of schools, such as NativityMiguel and Cristo Rey schools in the U.S. and Canada and Fe y Alegría based in South America and operating in multiple countries, as well as more local initiatives. There is much to be learned from these initiatives that can improve urban education and this edited volume provides this opportunity to educators, planners, funders, and others who are inclined to invest in effective urban education.
Edited by Mickey Fenzel and Melodie Wyttenbach