The Institute 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 and practitioners, including Institute 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 a wide array of distinctive graduate-level programs that form teachers and leaders.


Teacher Investment Program Expands State's STEM Initiative

The Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program, administered statewide by the Institute, announced additional public high schools participating in 2016-17. This initiative helps more students become college-ready and career-ready in STEM, as reported by NPR's State Impact,The South Bend Tribune, and WSBT-TV (video).



Putnam Presents 2016 Scully Lecture

Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, discussed the growing “opportunity gap” faced by today’s youth amid the backdrop of an ever-growing income divide in his lecture, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.,” based on his recently published book.

NSF Grant to Captivate Kids About Engineering


How can life experiences spark an interest in engineering among traditionally underrepresented youth? Research led in part by Institute Fellow Gina Navoa Svarovsky with the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education has received a $300,000 grant from the NSF



Darcia Narvaez Named AERA Fellow


Notre Dame psychology professor and Institute fellow Darcia Narvaez, a nationally known expert on moral development, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She co-directs a "Self, Motivation, and Virtue" initiative alongside other research and writing. See video from AERA..

$1m Grant for CREO Vouchers Study


A three-year grant from the Spencer Foundation will allow CREO to conduct an in-depth study of impacts from Indiana's vouchers policy. See coverage in Indiana Education Insight , Transforming Education through Technology (THE Journal)and Campus Technology.