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.


In Memoriam

Father Hesburgh: "Stay Close to the Students"


University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, in remarks Feb. 27 on the passing of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC: “He always said, stay close to the students. He was loved by, and he loved, our students.”

Whaley Named Indiana Professor of the Year


Michelle A. Whaley, a Notre Dame biology professor and an Institute for Educational Initiatives Fellow, has been honored as the 2014 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

Fellows' Book Spotlights Inner-City School Impacts


Institute Fellows Margaret Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett, professors in Notre Dame Law School, are sharing new, research-driven insights into Catholic schools as resources of "social captial" in cities. Learn more about their book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban Neighborhoods, and find links to media coverage, as well as a video of their June 26 discussion with Rev. Tim Scully, CSC. Latest reviews include the AEI Ideas blog and City Journal from the Manhattan Institute.

Impacts from Primary-School Retention Studied


Science Daily reports that Institute Fellow and CREO sociologist Megan Andrew has published new findings that retention of students in early grades reduces prospects for successful completion of high school. 

Conference on Child Flourishing

A major symposium on Child Flourishing, chaired by Institute Fellow Darcia Narvaez and sponsored by the Center for Children and Families, featured speakers focusing on morality in education.

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.

Institute Fellows on Dublin Radio


Sean Delaney, who teaches Irish educators, brings interviews with several Institute Fellows, including Nicole McNeil, to his Dublin radio program.




Leadership Activities

ND Center for STEM Education Co-Sponsors Forum

The eighth annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum, co-sponsored by the Colleges of Science and Engineering along with the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, took place Jan. 31.

Lifetime Achievement Award--and Ellis Island Medal--for Director


Rev. Timothy Scully, CSC, the Hackett Family Director of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his service to American education. In late 2013, the Manhattan Institute awarded Father Scully the William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship. ND Newswire described the award.


Multidisciplinary Research

NEWS ITEMS: Institute Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology David Sikkink has been named a Senior Fellow in Cardus ... Institute Fellow and Associate Professor of Economics Abigail Wozniak has been appointed to a senior economist post in the White House's Council of Economic Advisers ... Institute Fellow and Associate Professor of Psychology Ying Alison Cheng has received a $600,000 NSF CAREER grant for her high-impact research in testing.

Grants Support Work of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education recently shared in a grant for over $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop, deploy, and evaluate a next-generation teacher portfolio instrument using a tablet program. The Center was previously 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.

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.

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). Note: Berends comments on new SAT design in a Wall Street Journal blog




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.

Click the logo above to access the full collection of information about the initiative.

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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