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Institute Fellow Whaley is Indiana Professor of the Year

December 12, 2014William Schmitt


A Notre Dame biology professor who champions undergraduate research and catalyzes scientific learning among high school students in the local community has been honored as the 2014 Indiana Professor of the Year.

Michelle A. Whaley, who is also an Institute for Educational Initiatives fellow, received the title recently from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Read More

Grant Goes to CREO for Indiana Vouchers Study

October 29, 2014William Schmitt


A nearly $300,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation will support the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) in a groundbreaking study of Indiana’s school voucher program. Read More

AP-TIP IN Program announces 2014 student & teacher successes

October 27, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default



Higher level of achievement in AP* math, science, and English courses will be saluted; “AP-TIP IN” program grows as Notre Dame supports teachers and students statewide

SOUTH BEND, IN – October 28, 2014 – AP-TIP IN™ is elated to report major accomplishments from the second year of the program designed to considerably increase the number of high school students earning college credit from their success in Advanced Placement® math, science, and English courses.

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Center for STEM Education Launches Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows

October 03, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default

University Supports STEM Education through Innovative Initiative

Excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical for our nation’s continued social and economic well-being and security. In order to foster growth in these disciplines, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for STEM Education is launching the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program. Read More

When a Student is "Held Back": New Research on the Impact

September 29, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default


New research published by Megan Andrew, an assistant professor of sociology who is also on the faculty of Notre Dame's Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), demonstrates that primary-grade retention likely affects a student's educational attainments well after that primary school student was retained. Such retention decisions by administrators are commonly known as "holding back" a student to repeat a year of schooling. Andrew's research exploring the enduring impact--that is, scarring in the student's educational career--has been published in the journal  Read More

Book by Darcia Narvaez: Neurobiology & Morality

September 24, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default


Institute for Educational Initiatives fellow Darcia Narvaez has authored a new book whose insights will interest scholars in psychology and other disciplines, as well as many others in and out of academia. Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom

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Notre Dame Center for STEM Education Programming and Robotics Camp Yields Success for Middle School Students

August 22, 2014William Schmitt

Notre Dame Leads New Initiative to Excite Students about Computer Coding and a Future in STEM


Thanks to an innovative camp designed under the auspices of Notre Dame’s Center for STEM Education, students in Catholic schools in Arizona, Florida, and Indiana came away from the summer of 2014 with experiences that went far beyond suntans, pools, and the great outdoors. Read More

New Science Content Director for AP-TIP IN

August 21, 2014William Schmitt


The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), administered by the University of Notre Dame, welcomes its new science content director, Maureen McGrail, to help build students’ and teachers’ enthusiasm for science in their future. Read More

Joyce Johnstone Receives Emeritus Professor Title

August 01, 2014William Schmitt


As more than 250 teachers and school leaders are missioned back to their Catholic schools after a busy summer on campus, a beloved leader of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) community is transitioning to a new phase of her distinguished career. Dr. Joyce Johnstone will retire from her directorship roles in ACE and the Institute for Educational Initiatives, becoming a Professor Emeritus at the University, effective Aug. 1. Read More

Respected Irish Educator Brings ACE Experts to Dublin Radio

June 27, 2014William Schmitt


ACE was privileged to host Dr. Seán Delaney, an administrator and educator at the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin, during the winter of 2014 as he pursued further research at Notre Dame regarding K-12 education—and the education of Catholic school teachers—in dialogue with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and the Institute for Educational Initiatives. Sean, a recognized expert who hosts the “Inside Education” program on Dublin radio, conducted interviews with several pioneering ACE and IEI scholars during his latest visit in the United States. He is airing those interviews in Dublin from time to time and posting them as podcasts for a worldwide Internet audience. To date, his interviews with three distinguished fellows of the Institute have explore a range of issues, from teaching and learning to government policies influencing acess to a quality education for students from all backgrounds. Read More

Sikkink to Serve Cardus as Senior Fellow

June 03, 2014William Schmitt


Cardus, a think tank focused on the renewal of social architecture in North America, has announced the appointment of David Sikkink, associate professor of sociology and a fellow in Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, to its Senior Fellows group, effective immediately. Cardus Senior Fellows comprise a network of recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines. "Through our partnership with the University of Notre Dame and the education research projects we have completed together, Cardus has come to appreciate David's breadth of expertise regarding youth and religion in North America today," said Cardus executive vice president Ray Pennings in a news announcement. Read More

Wozniak to Serve in White House Advisory Post

June 03, 2014William Schmitt

IEI Fellow and Associate Professor of Economics Abigail Wozniak has been appointed to a senior economist post in the White House's Council of Economic Advisers.

The CEA, with which she will serve a one year term, is the board that advises President Barack Obama and his staff on domestic and international economic policy. Read More

NSF CAREER Grant to Ying Alison Cheng

May 21, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default

Prestigious $600,000 Award Recognizes Cheng, a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, as Top Teacher-Scholar Bringing New Insights to the Field of Educational Assessment and Standardized Testing

Ying “Alison” Cheng, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and a faculty fellow in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, has received a $600,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant to support her high-impact research in the area of educational assessment and computerized-adaptive testing. Read More

Math Education Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opening

March 14, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default

Position and Qualifications.  The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education (the Center), as part of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, is pleased to announce a post-doctoral fellowship in mathematics education beginning in Summer/Fall 2014. The position includes research and service with the possibility to teach after the first full semester on campus.

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College Board Partnership Award to Karen Morris

February 27, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default


Karen Morris, program director of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN) in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, has received the College Board’s inaugural Partnership Award for the Midwestern region.

The award was presented by Greg Walker, the College Board’s regional vice president for the Midwest, at its annual Forum on Feb. 11, 2014. He said the College Board, which governs the national structure of Advanced Placement ® tests for high school students, wanted to honor the ways in which the AP-TIP IN program is improving both knowledge levels and career hopes among students across Indiana. Read More

Berends Named AERA Fellow

February 15, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default


Mark Berends, the distinguished sociologist of education who directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The AERA says its Fellows Program honors education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, conveys the association’s commitment to excellence in research, and emphasizes to new scholars the importance of sustaining excellent research in the field. Read More

Notre Dame Researchers Add Insights for Teacher Evaluations

January 25, 2014William Schmitt

New research led by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) points a way forward to improve certain teacher performance evaluation systems.

These systems look closely at the question: To what degree did the teachers add value, that is, did students of these teachers grow and achieve more than expected, as measured by their test score gains? Read More

Winter Learning Draws Brazilian Teachers to South Bend Classes

January 24, 2014William Schmitt

This winter the University of Notre Dame is privileged to host 30 English teachers from Brazil, and an extra welcome offered by the South Bend community is expanding this international experience to local students and educators alike.

The Brazilian visitors were selected from a pool of over 1000 applicants to come to the United States to improve their English and their instructional abilities. A pivotal piece of their six week stay will be an opportunity to spend time in classrooms in the local South Bend public schools. Each will collaborate with a local teacher to exchange ideas, plan lessons and engage in instruction. Read More

Grant Boosts Notre Dame Center's Research on Science Teachers' Use of Student Data

January 02, 2014William SchmittCategories: Default

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Spencer Foundation to study how indicators of student learning can influence—and help to improve—the instructional practices of middle-school science teachers in the classroom.

This grant, part of the Foundation’s support for pathbreaking research through its “Evidence for the Classroom” initiative, is a collaboration between PI, Dr. Matt Kloser

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