The IEI strives to improve the education of all youth, particularly the disadvantaged. Its teaching, scholarship, and service reflect Notre Dame’s commitment to advance K-12 schooling. Distinguished scholars, including IEI Fellows across the University, pursue interdisciplinary collaborations to make a difference in crucial areas of education reform, with particular attention to Catholic schools. Resources for educational excellence include distinctive graduate-level programs that form teachers and leaders.



Berends is Named AERA Fellow

Mark Berends, the distinguished sociologist of education who directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Berends comments on new SAT design in Wall Street Journal blog.

In Memoriam: Maureen T. Hallinan, founder of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, died on Jan. 28, 2014. Grant her eternal rest, O Lord. Learn more about this remarkable scholar.

Notre Dame Research Team Adds Insights for Teacher Evaluations

New research led by CREO and its director, Mark Berends, points a way forward to improve teacher performance evaluation systems.

Notre Dame Center for STEM Education Receives $300,000 Grant

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Spencer Foundation to study how indicators of student learning can help to improve the instructional practices of middle-school science teachers.

AP-TIP IN Program Hosts Students for Saturday STEM Prep

About 700 students attended a special Saturday of preparation for their College Board Advanced Placement courses through Notre Dame's partnership with Indiana and the National Math and Science Initiative.

Leadership Activities

Lifetime Achievement Award for Director


Rev. Timothy Scully, CSC, the Hackett Family Director of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, has received the Manhattan Institute's William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship. ND Newswire describes the award. National Review Online interviews Fr. Scully about "educating the least of these." Notre Dame Magazine reports on hope-filled initiatives by the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), founded by Fr. Scully twenty years ago.

Research Center on Educational Policy


The Research Center on Educational Policy (RCEP) is a new component of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. It will convene interdisciplinary expertise from Notre Dame and other research universities to conduct independent, empirical research projects that inform K-12 educational policy in Indiana. The RCEP will work directly with the Indiana Department of Education.

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Sympoisum on Protecting Children in Summer Sport Camps: April 26 Play Like a Champion Today

See notice of post-doctoral opening in Center for STEM Education


The AP-TIP IN program, administered by the Institute for Educational Initiatives for high schools across Indiana, is doubling in size for its second year. See the press kit, including names of the schools.

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The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), in partnership with National Math and Science (NMS), works with educators statewide. The goal is to expand the expert teaching of College Board Advanced Placement (R) or AP courses to make significantly more public high school students better prepared for careers in the workforce of the future.

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