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Boston College to Host Catholic School Educators for Conference on New Leadership: June 24-26

Chestnut Hill, MA (June 2010) – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Boston College Lynch School of Education’s Roche Center for Catholic Education will sponsor a symposium for Catholic school leaders June 24-26 on “Leadership for New Ways of Learning” at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The symposium will focus on 21st century leadership skills needed by Catholic educators. Topics that will be explored include: spiritual leadership, responsiveness to new populations (ELL, Inclusion, Special Needs), digital learning and teacher evaluation and pay.

Four innovative, real-life programs used in a U.S. Catholic school or diocese will be showcased at the symposium to serve as models of success for conference attendees. The programs are from the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio; John F. Kennedy Junior and Senior High School, Warren, Ohio; Risen Christ School, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Notre Dame High School, San Jose, Calif.

The conference is an annual event from SPICE (Selected Programs for Improving Catholic Education), a joint venture between Boston College and the NCEA to honor successful K-12 Catholic school programs and promote them as national models for other educators.

Speakers at this year’s gathering are Rosalind Chivis, principal of the School of the Future in Philadelphia; Sister Joan Magnetti, RSCJ former headmistress, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, Conn.; BC Lynch School of Education Dean Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, SJ; NCEA President Karen Ristau; BC Thomas More Brennan Professor Andy Hargreaves; researcher Martin Scanlon of Marquette University; Dr. Russ Quaglia, president and founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations; Kathy Hurley of Pearson Learning and Kathy Mears, associate superintendent, Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

The Roche Center for Catholic Education, part of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, trains graduate and undergraduate students to administer and teach in Catholic schools and universities nationwide. It also conducts ongoing national research on staffing, student demographics and the structure of Catholic elementary schools, produces the influential journal, Catholic Education: A Journal of Theory and Practice, and directs the Urban Catholic Teachers Corps, which trains teachers to serve in Boston’s inner-city Catholic Schools. In addition, the center directs St. Columbkille Partnership School, a collaborative model that pairs the once-struggling Catholic school with the resources of Boston College.

The NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. NCEA members include elementary schools, high schools, parish religious education programs and seminaries.