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.


ACE Honored with Seton Award for Service to Students


The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will be recognized for its service to youth with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award on Monday (Oct. 5) in Washington, DC. Rev. Timothy Scully, CSC, ACE's founder and the Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, will accept the award on ACE's behalf. 

Grant Support for Research on Indiana School Choice


New research at the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity will focus on the implications of Indiana’s school choice laws on students’ friendships and achievements. Notre Dame sociologists Megan Andrew and Jennifer Flashman have received grants totaling $650,000 to support this research.

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.

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.

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.”

Leadership Activities

Multidisciplinary Research


NEWS ITEMS: Institute Fellow Julie Turner has been named the new lead editor of the American Educational Research Journal, and CREO director Mark Berends, also an Institute Fellow, will be one of five co-editors. A third Fellow, Alison Cheng, has agreed to be one of the flagship journal’s associate editors ... Institute Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology David Sikkink has been named a Senior Fellow in Cardus ...  Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D., senior director of ACE RISE (Renewing Identity, Strengthening Evangelization), an Institute Fellow, and a leading international scholar on Catholic schools, is the author of a chapter on US Catholic schools in the newly published book, Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools

NSF Grant to Captivate Kids About Engineering


How can life experiences spark an interest in engineering among traditionally underrepresented youth? A research study, led in part by Institute Fellow Gina Navoa Svarovsky on faculty in the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation

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.


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.




Institute in the News

$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.

McNeil Probes Patterns' Role in Math Education


The Boston Globe featured newly published research by Institute Fellow Nicole McNeil on the role of patterns in helping children learn math.


AP-TIP IN Reports Third Year of AP Test Gains in Indiana Schools

The Institute's Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program held its annual event announcing successes in participating public high schools across Indiana--shrinking a STEM-related achievement gap for women and minority students, as reported by statewide and local media. The initiative, which recently received an additional grant supporting its innovative professional development endeavors for educators, improves students' college- and career-readiness for Indiana's future economy.


The AP-TIP IN program, administered by the Institute for Educational Initiatives for public high schools across Indiana, has been expanded to 30 schools in its third 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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