Leadership Activities

This page introduces visitors to the leaders of the Institute for Educational Initiatives by spotlighting news about their acitivities and accomplishments. You'lll find more information here about the leadership stories featured on the iei.nd.edu homepage. Listings will grow, as will the number of leaders mentioned, as news events and other announcements arise.



"ND Forum": Notre Dame's Yearlong Probe of K-12 Education -- "Reimagining School"

See the "recap" video of ND Forum's "Conversation" panel on Sept. 28

See the "recap" video of Jeb Bush's Sept. 26 keynote address for the ND Forum

See a full-length video of the April 2011 panel discussion, "The System," sponsored by the IEI and ACE.

See Notre Dame's preview of the ND Forum series for 2011-2012.





New Book by Maureen Hallinan

Frontiers in Sociology of Education is a new book edited by Maureen Hallinan, an IEI Fellow, CREO faculty member, and Notre Dame’s William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Sociology. The book aims to provide a roadmap for sociologists and other social scientists as they set bold new directions for future research on schools.

The book, published by Springer, offers an innovative collection of research and ideas from sociologists and others with important perspectives on contemporary education. Hallinan says the book responds to a need for education policy-making to be informed by the best insight and foresight about emerging challenges and transformative changes—changes such as the growing Hispanic population in the Untied States.

“The goal is to see what’s coming ahead so we can prepare ourselves for it,” says Hallinan, who is one of the country’s leading sociologists of education and former director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI).  

The diverse collection of scholarly analysis and commentary includes pieces by distinguished Harvard sociologist of education Patricia Graham; retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor; former U.S. Department of Education senior counselor Marshall Smith; and University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan. 

New Book by Mark Berends

Does school choice work as a strategy to improve schools and help students learn? A new book co-edited by Mark Berends, a Fellow in the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI), considers that question. Titled School Choice and School Improvement, the book from Harvard Education Press explores policies central to the U.S. debate on educational reform. Co-editors are Marisa Cannata and Ellen B. Goldring.

Berends, a distinguished sociologist on the Notre Dame faculty, is director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) at the IEI. He is also director of the National Center on School Choice (NCSC), headquartered at Vanderbilt University. The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences recently recognized Berends’ work at the NCSC.

School choice is a general term for policies that make it easier for parents to enroll their children in schools other than the local public school. These include tax credits or vouchers, charter public schools, in-district public school transfers, and support for Catholic and other faith-based schools. School choice, or parental choice, is a hot topic in numerous communities and states.

Many questions have been raised about how school choice operates, what effects it produces, and what lessons can be derived from programs already in place. School Choice and School Improvement provides data and insights to help answer those questions. The book’s content is drawn from papers presented at a major national conference that was sponsored by the National Center on School Choice and CREO.

Berends is the author or editor of leading books on school choice and educational reform, including Charter School Outcomes, Leading with Data: Pathways to Improve Your School, and the Handbook of Research on School Choice. Under his direction, CREO’s current research includes the Catholic School Effectiveness Project and the “What Makes Schools Work” Project. Details are available at creo.nd.edu.


IEI Supports Recovery Work for Haitian Educational Infrastructure

January 20, 2011



The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) and Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) are making major contributions to support Haiti’s recovery from the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010. One initiative to rebuild educational infrastructure is placing shovels in the ground this week.

That work is under way at the Basil Moreau School, a distinguished primary and secondary school complex in Port-au-Prince that was hit hard by the earthquake. At the school, administered by the Congregation of Holy Cross and serving an impoverished community, the secondary education section was destroyed and the primary school suffered major structural damage.

Now, repair is getting under way at the primary school, thanks to the work of an international task force of Holy Cross priests and brothers, chaired by the current Superior General of the congregation, Rev. Richard Warner, C.S.C., with support from Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives. They have made substantial progress in raising funds and coordinating the rebuilding effort. The initiative will extend to the secondary school, where architectural design work to rebuild and expand it is also under way.

In another relief project in that country, a partnership including Notre Dame and ACE is establishing a Teacher Institute that will educate the next generation of Haitian schoolteachers. With help from Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency, a network of partners has been coming together to develop administrative structures and consider sites that would enable an innovative, ambitious approach to teacher education.

Many of the country’s primary and secondary schoolteachers today have little or no formal training. The priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who founded Notre Dame in Indiana, have earned a reputation of educational excellence while serving in Haiti since 1944. They plan to lead the new program of teacher education with help from ACE, which is recognized as a major force in the United States forming tomorrow’s Catholic school leaders. Other partners in the project include Haiti’s Ministry of Education and universities in Quebec, Canada.

A variety of other relief, service, and planning activities conducted by units of the University of Notre Dame continue to bring hope amidst much suffering in Haiti.

“Quality education is the sine qua non for rebuilding a better Haiti,” said Father Scully. “That is why ACE and the IEI are committed to supporting educational rebuilding and renewal in Haiti with our partners in the Congregation of Holy Cross. We believe that, together, through efforts like rebuilding Basil Moreau School and supporting the development of a new Teacher Institute, we can offer a brighter future for the children of Haiti.”

An opportunity to contribute to the earthquake recovery effort and more information can be found at committedtohaiti.nd.edu.