Research by Narvaez Says a Dad's Touch Helps Babies Learn Self-Control

June 15, 2016Bill Schmitt

Darcia Narvaez Al Web

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez, recently named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), has published findings that reveal one way to prevent kids from becoming anxiety-plagued adults. She advises parents to cuddle with their babies. Read More

Indiana High Schools Named for "Advanced Placement" Initiative

April 29, 2016Bill Schmitt

Indiana High Schools Announced as next Participants in "Advanced Placement" Initiative


SOUTH BEND, IN – April 29, 2016 – AP-TIP IN (Indiana’s Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program) is pleased to announce the fourth cohort of nine Indiana public high schools selected to implement its model for growing math, science and English Advanced Placement* courses that prepare students for success in colleges and careers. These schools will adopt the comprehensive program of incentives and support in the 2016-2017 school year. Read More

Harvard Professor Robert Putnam to Deliver 2016 Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. Lecture

March 10, 2016IEI AnnouncementCategories: Default and Featured

Inequality is increasing in America, widening the gap between rich and poor. What implications does this have for America’s youth and their chances for upward mobility? What can we do to help our youth grow and flourish?

Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, will discuss the growing “opportunity gap” faced by today’s youth amid the backdrop of an ever-growing income divide in his upcoming lecture, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.,” based on his recently published book of the same title. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in The Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom at the University of Notre Dame Law School at 4 pm on March 17. Read More

Latino Enrollment in Catholic Schools, “Where Do We Go from Here?”

February 23, 2016Bill SchmittCategories: Featured

A newly published, special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education sends a challenging message: The future of Latino enrollment in Catholic schools may be at a “critical juncture.”

Notre Dame political scientist Luis Ricardo Fraga, a driving force behind the journal’s project, suggested this crossroads deserves vigorous debate among scholars and merits attention from educators and Church leaders who must steward the Church through the demographic shift unfolding with the influx of Latino population growth in the United States. The project is “one of the first efforts to consolidate educational scholarship that critically engages the practice of Catholic education in Latino communities.” Read More

Notre Dame scholars address challenges for Latino Catholic education

February 11, 2016IEI AnnouncementCategories: Default

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, its first issue ever to focus specifically on Latinos and Catholic education. Read More

Grant Bolsters Institute's Program for STEM Teaching in Indiana High Schools

January 07, 2016Bill Schmitt

A major grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will extend the state’s support for the University of Notre Dame’s innovative development of high school teachers in the STEM disciplines. The $370,972 grant to Notre Dame was announced Jan. 6 for teacher support through the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), part of the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education Read More

Narvaez and Colleagues Find Parent Interaction Vital to Children's Well-Being as Adults

December 21, 2015Bill Schmitt


Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood.

In a forthcoming article in the journal Applied Developmental Science, University of Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez Read More

New Burns Fellowship Program Supports Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research

December 09, 2015IEI Announcement

A new interdisciplinary fellowship program launched by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) will train graduate students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods, allowing them to examine the impact of educational policies, programs, and practices. Read More

Grant from Innovate Foundation Boosts STEM Teaching Fellows Initiative

November 13, 2015Bill Schmitt

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education has received a $100,000 grant from Innovate Foundation in support of the center’s Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program.


“Partnering with Innovate Foundation is such a privilege,” said Dr. Matthew Kloser, director of the center. “The gift will allow us to expand our professional development offerings with the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows  and create new opportunities for engaging schools that serve the most in need in the Bay Area and beyond.” Read More