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Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill

Tuesday, General Session VII Presentation

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill is executive director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, and former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. At the Roche Center she leads a number of programs in professional development (for Catholic school principals and pastors, as well as administrators at Catholic colleges and universities), advocacy, and applied research in conjunction with the Lynch School of Education and the local and national Catholic school community. Weitzel-O’Neill is co-director of the new Innovation Institute, a project of the National Catholic Education Association that sponsors research, development and adoption of innovative programs to enhance academic excellence in Catholic schools.

At the Roche Center, Weitzel-O’Neill has worked to improve Catholic education through research, professional development, and advocacy both locally and nationally. During her tenure, the center launched the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), a national initiative that supports the implementation and assessment of dual-language immersion models transforming Catholic school classrooms from monolingual to fully bilingual. Concurrently, the Roche Center launched the Emmaus Series, a formative 20-month development program that strengthens the spiritual leadership and entrepreneurial skills of school leaders. Now in its fifth year, the program is recognized as a national model.

As the Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, she contributed to the creation, adoption and implementation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship program, the first federally funded voucher program for non-public schools. Prior to serving as superintendent, Weitzel-O'Neill was Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at Trinity Washington University.

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