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Blog item from Darcia Narvaez Draws Attention

December 22, 2011William SchmittCategories: Default

Darcia Narvaez, associate professor of psychology and an IEI Fellow, reports having received 347,000 hits in the first several days after her Dec. 11, 2011, post on her "Moral Landscapes" blog. The blog is associated with Psychology Today magazine. The post that drew so much interest is entitled, "Dangers of 'Crying it Out': Damaging Children and their Relationships for the Long Term Read More

Gift Helps to Address Disabilities & Sports in Play Like a Champion

December 02, 2011William SchmittCategories: Default



Thanks to a gift from Shire Pharmaceuticals, Play Like a Champion Today®(PLC) will develop educational materials to assist coaches to work with children with a range of learning disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, such as Asperger's Syndrome, and health problems, such as asthma. Read More

Institute in Partnership for Math & Science Teaching in Indiana

November 16, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured and Default


A new University of Notre Dame partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) will help to bring STEM college-level courses to more students in secondary schools across Indiana.

Funding from the U.S. Department of Education, announced last week, cleared the way for NMSI to make a $7 million grant to implement additional College Board’s Advanced Placement math, science, and English courses in Indiana through a program administered by Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI). Read More

Youth Mentoring through Literature and Virtues Gains Support

November 04, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured and Default

                Reading for Life, an innovative literature-based mentoring program that provides an alternative to prosecution for low-risk juvenile offenders, was recently awarded County funding to sustain its operation in St. Joseph County, Indiana.  With the unanimous approval of the County Council and Commissioners, Judge Peter J. Nemeth of the St. Joseph Probate Court has appropriated basic funding for Reading for Life for 2012.  Read More

CCF Conducting Study of Children's Memory

October 24, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured and Default


The CCFis looking for children aged 4-6 and their parent to participate in a Memory Study, with psychology professor and .IEI Fellow Kristin Valentino as principal investigator. Read More

Target's Donation Supports New ACE Literacy Program

October 19, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured and Default

The University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) today launched the "ACE Readers" program, a state-of-the-art childhood literacy program designed to combat the achievement gap that plagues at-risk communities. The program will be implemented in the Notre Dame ACE Academy (NDAA) schools in Tucson, Ariz., and was made possible by a $118,000 grant from Target Read More

ND Athletics and ACE Sports Initiative Reach Local Youth

October 13, 2011William SchmittCategories: Default

                A new collaboration between the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and the Notre Dame Athletics Department is bringing


a new experience to young people in the South Bend area, combining the excitement of Fighting Irish football and the development of life skills that can convey inspiration and success. Read More

Carbonaro Elected Chair of ASA Section

October 06, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured and Default

Bill Carbonaro has been elected chair of the Sociology of Education section of the American Sociological Association. The section chair is res


ponsible for organizing all of the events for the Annual Meeting, as well as any administrative work that needs attention during the year. Bill is currently the chair-elect of the section, and his term will begin in August of 2012 after the Annual Meetings in Denver. He will serve as section chair in 2012-13, culminating with the 2013 meetings in New York City. Read More

ND Forum Panelists Probe School Challenges

October 03, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured and Default



The ND Forum panel discussion, "The Conversation: Developing the Schools Our Children Deserve," took place Sept. 28. Leading voices in K-12 education offered prescriptions for reforming K-12 schools, as The Observer Read More

Dedication of New Home for ACE and Institute

September 19, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured


               A commitment to strengthen Catholic primary and secondary education prompted celebrations of joy and hope at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 16-17 with the dedication of a new home for the Alliance for Catholic Education Read More

ACE and PLC Cosponsor "Mighty Macs" Movie

September 14, 2011William SchmittCategories: Default

                The Mighty Macs, a new movie that celebrates the intersection of values and sports, will be presented in a “sneak peek” on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Browning Cinema in Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.  The screening is accompanied by a panel discussion that will include Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Head Coach Muffett McGraw. The event, presented by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, is co-sponsored by the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and its Play Like a Champion Today ® program. Read More

CREO Welcomes 2 New Faculty Members

August 18, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

Megan Andrew and Amy Langenkamp have joined the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), the Institute for Educational Initiatives, and the Department of Sociology as Assistant Professors.

In particular, Langenkamp has received the O’Shaughnessy Assistant Professor Chair of Education. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University from 2008 to 2011. Read More

Upcoming Dedication of our New Home at ND

August 18, 2011William Schmitt


           The Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) and the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) have a new home, located at the heart of the Notre Dame campus. A series of events on Sept. 16-17, 2011, will welcome visitors for the building’s dedication and associated celebrations. Read More

CREO's Carbonaro Honored for Service to Graduate Students

August 17, 2011CREO staffCategories: Featured

     The Center for Research in Educational Opportunity (CREO) at the University of Notre Dame and its director Dr. Mark Berends congratulate assistant director Bill Carbonaro, who was awarded the University’s 2011 award for the outstanding Director of Graduate Studies.

      Carbonaro is the first recipient of this new award, the Notre Dame DGS of the Year. He was honored for his excellent work as director of graduate students for the Department of Sociology.
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Greene Honored Among Civically Engaged Faculty

June 22, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, has named Stuart Greene, an Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) program, one of the 2011 recipients of the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. Read More

Berends Book on School Choice Reviewed in Washington Post

June 02, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

“School Choice and School Improvement,” the new book co-edited by IEI Fellow and sociologist Mark Berends, has been reviewed by a leading education journalist in The Washington Post.
“It is refreshing to find a new book presenting some of the most recent findings, as disturbing as they might be to my favorite biases,” wrote Jay Matthews in his May 31 review. The article, Class Struggle Read More

"ACE Summer" Begins: A Season of Hope for Catholic Education

May 27, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

A tradition called the “ACE Summer” has just begun for the eighteenth time, again embodying the University of Notre Dame’s commitment to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic K-12 education.

On Friday, May 27, Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) welcomed its new class of 90 young men and women eager to serve as teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools around the country. They will share in a distinctive, two-year experience that combines professional formation, community, and spirituality, bringing participants to Notre Dame for two consecutive summers and sending them forth to teach in some 30 cities during two full school years. Read More

ACE Conferences Fill Summer with Education Opportunities

May 05, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

Opportunities to make a difference in K-12 education will abound this summer as the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) sponsors conferences covering a range of interests and initiatives.

ACE conferences coming up in the next couple of months on the Notre Dame campus will once again be important focal points for learning about—and responding to—the challenge of sustaining and strengthening K-12 Catholic schools nationwide. Registration is still open for these distinctive gatherings, which are conducted by units of ACE Read More

New Book Examines School Choice

April 21, 2011William SchmittCategories: Featured

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 Read More

Major Grant Support McNeil's Research in Math Skills

April 14, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

Nicole McNeil, a Notre Dame psychology professor and fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI), has been awarded two federal grants for her research into children’s ability to understand key mathematical concepts….

Notre Dame on Wednesday evening hosted “The System”—a lively discussion of education reform issues at an event sponsored by ACE and the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI). See the video. Read More


April 06, 2011Bill Schmitt

The System: Opportunity, Crisis, and Obligation in K-12 Education
When: 7:30 PM, Wednesday, April 13
Where: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC), University of Notre Dame
Sponsored by the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and the Institute for Educational Initiatives.


Our dear friend and colleague, Warren Kubitschek, 56, died on April 3, 2011. Read More

New Book: Pivotal Research on School Choice

March 28, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default and Recent Publications

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 Read More

Guest Lecturers Probe Education and Social Justice

March 17, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

Two leading scholars studying the intersection of civil rights, education policy, urban policy, and minority opportunity will offer a pair of talks on Wednesday, March 23, as part of the Henkels Lecture Series, hosted by Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO).

The scholars of education, Patricia Gándara and Gary Orfield, are co-directors of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, an initiative at UCLA Read More

ND Forum Will Examine K-12 Education

March 08, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

The University of Notre Dame will make K-12 education a focus of its campus-wide attention throughout the next academic year. The spotlight will start shining next month when leaders in the field of education participate in a panel discussion here.
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Dan Lapsley to Speak on Charter Schools

March 04, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

Charter schools are at the center of a growing national discussion about education reform. Daniel Lapsley, chair of Notre Dame’s psychology department and a fellow of the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI), will offer an introduction to this important subject in a lecture on March 9 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of Geddes Hall.
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"Reading for Life" Mentor Honored

March 01, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

A mentor with the Reading for Life program supported by Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) has received a 2011 Inspire Award from the statewide organization College Mentors for Kids. Bekki Fahrer, of Union, Michigan, was honored for the program that serves first-time offenders under the purview of the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center.
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CREO Research is Featured in ND Works

February 16, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

Educational research projects with likely impacts on the future of schools were featured in ND Works on Feb. 11, 2011. The Notre Dame faculty/staff newspaper spotlighted the work of sociology professor Mark Berends, director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO Read More

Student Video Lauds ESS Minor

February 14, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

A new student-produced video features three seniors’ praises for the minor in Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS). Consider the minor yourself.
Meaghan Crowley, Gabby Tate, and Maggie Thomas, all Class of 2011, talk about their experiences in the ESS interdisciplinary minor. The video footage was edited by another ESS minor , senior Emily Crosby.

Special thanks to ESS program associate director Nancy McAdams. Read More

Observer: Institute's New Local Initiative

January 27, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Recent Publications

The Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame has entered a collaboration aimed at helping public and parochial school students in the campus’s neighboring communities to improve their writing skills. See the Jan. 27 edition of The Observer Read More

Institute Supporting Renewal of Schooling in Haiti

January 20, 2011Bill SchmittCategories: Default

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. Read More