Roche Center for Catholic Education
The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education (The Roche Center) strengthens Catholic education through the promotion of research-based educational innovations and the generation of research to lead the transformation of Catholic schools to serve with a preferential option for the poor and marginalized. The Roche Center accomplishes this mission through a strong commitment to research, professional development, advocacy, and outreach.
Housed within the top-ranked Lynch School of Education at Boston College, the Roche Center brings together a collaborative community of Catholic school leaders, teachers, researchers, scholars, and innovators to sustain and improve K-12 Catholic education. Signature programs include: the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), a national dual-language immersion initiative; the Emmaus Series, a leadership advancement program for Catholic school leaders; and Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College (UCTC), a two-year volunteer and graduate program where licensed teachers serve full-time at an urban Boston Catholic school.
Research initiatives focus on our professional programs and targeted collaborative projects with an emphasis on outcomes. Highlighted projects include: the Jesuit High School Project; the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families; and The National Survey to Examine Effects of Implementation of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.