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November 16, 2018IEI AnnouncementCategories: Featured and Default

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Chloe Gibbs, an assistant professor of economics and Fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has won a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of parenting education and length of day care on long-term child educational outcomes. Read More

Chen to Improve Assessment Testing for High School Students

October 16, 2018Institute for Educational InitiativesCategories: Featured and Default


Ying Alison Cheng, associate professor of psychology and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at the University of Notre Dame, will lead a $1.4 million project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences to develop the intelligent diagnostic assessment program (i-DAP) for high school statistics education.  Read More

Dr. Sean Reardon - "Education, Opportunity, & Inequality in America"

October 02, 2018Institute for Educational InitiativesCategories: Default

Dr. Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty & Inequality in Education at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University visited Notre Dame on Friday, September 21, 2018 to deliver  "Education, Opportunity, & Inequality in America" in B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall.

Dr. Sean Reardon is the endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and is Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University. His research focuses on the causes, patterns, trends, and consequences of social and educational inequality, the effects of educational policy on educational and social inequality, and in applied statistical methods for educational research. Reardon is the developer of the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA). Based on 300 million standardized test scores, SEDA provides measures of educational opportunity, average test score performance, academic achievement gaps, and other information for every public school district in the US.
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Darcia Narvaez guides Templeton grant project on civic virtues

September 10, 2018Josh WeinholdCategories: Featured and Default

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Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez is helping lead a $3.9 million Templeton Religion Trust grant that will support new research on civic virtues.

The “Self, Virtue and Public Life Project,” which began this week and runs through 2021, will fund research projects, conferences, edited volumes, and community outreach activities. Read More

Darcia Narvaez Pens Op-Ed in Psychology Today on US Border Policies

June 19, 2018Institute for Educational InitiativesCategories: Featured and Default

This piece was originally featured by Psychology Today on June 17, 2018.

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“Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse”: Border Separation

What US officials are doing to children—is it ignorance or malice?…

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Four ESS Grads Awarded Fulbright Grants

June 15, 2018Audrey ScottCategories: Featured and Default

To increase mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


That’s the goal of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. No small goal; no small task. Sustained, generation after generation, with new energy from each new recipient. Read More

Nicole McNeil Named Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

January 19, 2018Theo Helm

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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.
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Mark Cummings receives lifetime achievement award from American Psychological Association

October 30, 2017Carrie Gates

Cummings recently won the 2017 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s developmental psychology section. The honor recognizes his work in the science of developmental psychology and his efforts to apply it to society. Read More

Narvaez Named Winner of Expanded Reason Award for Research

August 01, 2017Theo HelmCategories: Featured and Default

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Darcia Narvaez, professor of psychology in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and a fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named one of two winners of the first 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. The university and foundation sought academic works that question and explicitly incorporate reflections on the anthropology, epistemology, ethics and meaning that exist within the specific science. Two awards were given for research, and two were given for academic programs. Read More

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

June 15, 2016Bill Schmitt

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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