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.
The award was given by University Francisco de Vitoria and the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation to recognize innovation in scientific research and academic programs based on Benedict XVI’s proposal to broaden the horizons of reason.
Two new content directors are joining the AP-TIP IN Program July 1 to support Advanced Placement teachers and students across Indiana. Greg Macklem will be the math content director, and Chris Judson will be the English content director. These new team members will be supporting AP-TIP IN schools in Cohorts 4 and 5, as well as our AP-TIP IN Affiliate schools.
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).
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.
Putnam Presents 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.
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.