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Narvaez and Colleagues Find Parent Interaction Vital to Children's Well-Being as Adults

December 21, 2015Bill Schmitt


Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood.

In a forthcoming article in the journal Applied Developmental Science, University of Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez Read More

New Burns Fellowship Program Supports Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research

December 09, 2015IEI Announcement

A new interdisciplinary fellowship program launched by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) will train graduate students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods, allowing them to examine the impact of educational policies, programs, and practices. Read More

Grant from Innovate Foundation Boosts STEM Teaching Fellows Initiative

November 13, 2015Bill Schmitt

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education has received a $100,000 grant from Innovate Foundation in support of the center’s Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program.


“Partnering with Innovate Foundation is such a privilege,” said Dr. Matthew Kloser, director of the center. “The gift will allow us to expand our professional development offerings with the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows  and create new opportunities for engaging schools that serve the most in need in the Bay Area and beyond.” Read More

Community-Based Courses in Education Generate Research and New Insights for Campus, City

November 06, 2015Bill Schmitt

A neighborhood development project encouraging creative expression and civic action among young South Bend residents has reached a milestone in its nearly five years of connection-making through a partnership between the city’s non-profit Neighborhood Resource Connection and the University of Notre Dame. Read More

More Indiana STEM Students Earn College- and Career-Readiness through AP-TIP IN

October 08, 2015Bill Schmitt

The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), administered by Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives since 2012, issued its annual report showing major gains in college- and career-readiness in STEM-related studies among students in Indiana's 30 public high schools that participated in the program as of last spring.  Read More

Spencer Foundation Funds Major Research on School Choice in Indiana; CREO Studies Achievement Gains for Diverse Schools

October 05, 2015Bill Schmitt


Indiana’s school choice program is one of the largest in the United States. Until now, little has been known about how this initiative to increase parents’ educational options for their children is affecting either the schools or the students.




The Spencer Foundation has announced a $1 million grant for a three-year study by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) that will examine a range of those effects. This ground-breaking initiative uses data allowing comparisons among traditional public, charter, and private schools.


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Alliance for Catholic Education Honored with Seton Award

October 02, 2015Bill Schmitt


The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will be recognized by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award on Monday (Oct. 5) at a gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of the award in Washington, D.C. The award celebrates individuals and organizations that have shown a lifelong devotion to serving the nation’s youth through the apostolate of Catholic education.

“Catholic schools have for more than a century distinguished themselves as indispensable vessels of transformative grace in the lives of our students and families,” Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and founder ofACE, said. “It is truly a blessing to share in this important work of the Gospel.” Read More

Institute's Program to Raise STEM Scores in Indiana High Schools Wins Grant

September 28, 2015Bill Schmitt

The Indiana Commission for Higher education has awarded a $267,000 grant to support the teacher development work of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), a STEM-disciplines learning initiative administered by the University of Notre Dame.

AP-TIP IN, directed by Karen Morris in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, will use the additional funding to sustain its innovative professional development for Indiana educators. Conferences and other collaborations with public high school teachers will help their students earn college credits in science, math, and English courses at participating schools statewide. Read More

Captivating Kids About Engineering Drives New STEM Scholarship, Earns NSF Grant

September 21, 2015Bill Schmitt


How can engineering exprience for families with young children spark interest and understanding in engineering for traditionally underrepresented youth? A research study aimed at exploring that question has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Led in part by Institute for Educational Initiatives Fellow Gina Navoa Svarovsky, the "Head Start on Engineering" project will investigate strategies to cultivate engineering interest among families with young children at informal locations such as museums and the home. Read More

NSF Grant Helps Institute's Fellows Pay Attention to Wandering Minds in STEM Classes

September 09, 2015Bill Schmitt

A research collaboration including two fellows of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives will seek to combat student inattentiveness in STEM learning. The project captured the attention of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which recently announced it will support the work of fellows Sidney D’Mello and Matthew Kloser along with Psychology professor James Brockmole with a three-year grant totaling $550,000. Read More

New Research Examines Indiana Choice Scholarship Program's Effect on Participating Schools

September 03, 2015Bill Schmitt


Initial data from Indiana's School Choice Scholarship Program show taht many schools' decisions whether to participate in a school-choice policy are influenced by the policy's regulations and their expected impacts on school priorities. Therefore, solving voucher program implementation challenges requires more insight into the relationship between schools and a state's policy details, according to sociologist Megan Austin of the University of Notre Dame's Department of Sociology and Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO). Read More

Berends Calls for Broader Research Probing Charter School Traits

August 11, 2015William Schmitt


A comprehensive review of research assessing charter schools as the fastest growing area of school choice reforms has uncovered a need for studies that take a different tack, according to Mark Berends, a distinguished sociologist of education at the University of Notre Dame. Read More

Narvaez Wins Award for Interdisciplinary Book Bridging Biology, Moral Development, Culture, and Education

August 08, 2015William Schmitt


Prof. Darcia F. Narvaez, a nationally recognized expert on moral education in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, has received the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association (APA).

The award, which honors outstanding research integrating psychology with other disciplines, went to Narvaez’s new book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom, Read More

Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Announced

May 18, 2015Matthew Kloser

The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows has selected its 2015 cohort. Consisting of thirty-six middle school math, science, and technology teachers, the 2015 cohort represents ten schools from eight states. Chosen from an extremely competitive applicant pool, the STEM Teaching Fellows will engage in three years of professional development, content-specific coaching, and the development of a STEM Impact Plan for their schools. Read More

Notre Dame Researcher Awarded $3.5-M Grant to Develop Better Understanding of Students' Mathematical Achievement

May 06, 2015William Schmitt


Nicole McNeil, Notre Dame's ACE Associate Professor of Psychology--along with her colleagues at the nonprofit research agency West Ed--received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which aims to improve students' mathematical achievement in elementary school and beyond. Read More

Turner, Berends, and Cheng Named to Lead American Educational Research Journal

May 01, 2015William Schmitt


Julie Turner, associate professor of psychology and Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named the new lead editor of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) American Educational Research Journal

Two other Institute Fellows—Mark Berends, distinguished sociologist of education and director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO), as well as Alison Cheng, associate professor of psychology—will work with Turner as a co-editor and an associate editor, respectively. Read More

Major Grant Support for Research on Indiana School Choice

April 15, 2015William Schmitt

Institute Fellow Megan Andrew and Institute Affiliate Jennifer Flashman to Study Implications of Indiana's Laws;

Support from W.T. Grant Foundation and Spencer Foundation


New research at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity will focus on the implications of Indiana’s school choice laws on students’ friendships and achievements. Notre Dame sociologists Megan Andrew and Jennifer Flashman have received a $600,000 Read More

ESS Capstone Research Confronts K-12 Classroom Issues

March 30, 2015William Schmitt

How can Catholic schools retain more of their recently enrolled Latino student populations? Are statewide voucher programs changing the public schools from which students depart? What are students most likely to remember from a teacher’s presentation?

These were some of the research questions to which Notre Dame seniors discussed answers when the Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) academic minor Read More

Research Award Goes to Kloser of Center for STEM Education

March 11, 2015William Schmitt


Dr. Matthew Kloser, director of the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, has received the 2015 Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) Award for his research article titled, “Identifying a Core Set of Science Teaching Practices: A Delphi Expert Panel Approach.” Read More

Narvaez Gathers Diverse Insights into Moral Character from Students' Early Life

February 20, 2015William Schmitt

To use an academic term, “multidisciplinary” certainly describes the lives of educators in Catholic K-12 schools. One related vocation may demand even more areas of knowledge, along with common sense, virtuous behavior, practical skills, and habits of the heart. That vocation would be parenting.

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Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows: Apply Now

February 01, 2015William SchmittCategories: Default

Early-career middle school teachers of STEM disciplines are invited to apply for a new, fully funded professional development program offered through the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education. The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program is recruiting highly motivated applicants for the initiative, with a March 31 deadline. Read More

Center for STEM Education Co-Sponsors Collaboration Forum

January 21, 2015William SchmittCategories: Featured and Default

            The University of Notre Dame’s Colleges of Science and Engineering will host the eighth annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum on Jan. 31, 2015, convening educators, researchers, executives, and other stakeholders for regional opportunities based on the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Read More