The CLE fosters the professional growth of dynamic, talented classroom teachers and literacy scholars. We equip them with professional support and resources to create vibrant literacy classrooms that celebrate diversity and student voice and help students to become powerful readers and writers.

ESS Minors

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The Education, Schooling & Society (ESS) Minor is offered to Notre Dame undergraduate students. ESS is an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Letter and the Institute for Educational Initiatives. At the heart of the program is the study of how humans learn and how society, politics, and the economy influence that learning. 

Using tools from a variety of disciplines, students explore an institution that profoundly affects the development of societies. How can the American education system serve all students equally? How can education be improved?

As students consider the research, theory, and practices relevant to answering such questions, they gain a deeper understanding of social structures, human development, and themselves. 

Learn more at or contact Dr. Mike Macaluso.

O'Shaughnessy Fellows

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Thanks to the generous support of the O'Shaughnessy Foundation Endowment for Excellence in K-12 Research, the O’Shaughnessy Fellows program equips dynamic English Language Arts teachers with the skills and scholarship to become literacy leaders in their school communities. The O’Shaughnessy Fellows program empowers teachers who believe that literacy changes lives and who seek long-term, transformative professional development to have a positive measurable impact on their students. The program exposes fellows to research based best practices and supports Fellows in developing collaborative literacy focused action research projects relevant to their particular students.

Long-Term Professional Development for the Practicing Teacher

Throughout the year, O’Shaughnessy Fellows grow as they work in Intellectual Learning Communities (ILCs). In these groups, teachers meet regularly online with faculty and one another to discuss pedagogical practices, research design, and how to gather and analyze research data.


While there are many benefits of the O’Shaughnessy Fellows program, some of the highlights include:

  • Longitudinal professional growth in literacy teaching, learning, assessment, and leadership

  • Individualized coaching in instruction and research from leading literacy scholars

  • A national and local community of practitioners with a strong cohort model

  • Support and resources to present research at a regional ELA conference


Coyle Fellows

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The Coyle Fellows helps to establish early career, postdoctoral scholars in the field of literacy education research. These fellows may have recently written an excellent dissertation, and now need the guidance and capital to galvanize their careers in professional research. University of Notre Dame faculty members mentor fellows in how to develop and conduct research projects, write for a publication, and access professional societies.

Long-Term Professional Development for Literacy Researchers

Each year, the Coyle Fellows program invites 5 promising researchers to create an ideal proposal. Once accepted, the fellow will receive a stipend each year of the two-year program to execute the research project; however, the fellowship does not demand residence at the university. The Coyle Fellows program is particularly interested in candidates whose research would explore the intersection between faith formation and literacy achievement. For example, current Coyle fellows' research proposals investigate which texts best instill a social justice mindset or how the spirituality of hip-hop benefits marginalized students. 

Throughout the year, Coyle Fellows visit campus 1-2 times, conduct virtual check-ins with mentors, and complete an annual report on their research.


The CLE and IEI community must nominate an early career researcher for the fellowship. Potential candidates are referred to the program directors. 


  • Longitudinal professional growth in literacy research design, data collection, and data analysis
  • Individualized mentorship from tenured, high-profile literacy professors
  • Connection to the larger professional research community
  • Funding for research project
  • Qualification for tenure track position

Contact us for more information.