Center Research and Resources


Transitioning to Virtual Learning: A Guide for Catholic School Educators

Given the Cov-19 global pandemic, this virtual learning guide was developed for educators of Catholic schools as they support their students, parents, and caregivers in their community. It is important to note this guide is not exhaustive. It simply provides Catholic educators with recommendations and resources for virtual learning. It is our hope that all children in our schools will continue to thrive academically, spiritually, and communally at home, while also protecting the health and safety of students, parents, caregivers and educators. We hope this guide demonstrates how we are called to be a beacon of light for one another during this time of uncertainty. 



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