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Narvaez Named Winner of Expanded Reason Award for Research

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. 

Click here to see footage of Dr. Narvaez in Rome

AP-TIP IN Program Introduces New Content Directors

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).


McNeil Named as APS Fellow

McNeil APS Fellow

Nicole McNeil, the Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, an ACE Professor of Psychology, and a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been selected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

The Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level. Fellow status is awarded to members who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and application.

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.