Think. Pair. Share. with Dr. Mark Berends

From imagining running the Olympic 1500m to galvanizing the hearts and minds of those who believe in the power of education.

Dr. Mark Berends, Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at Notre Dame, talks about looking forward while reflecting on the incredible dedication and spirit of hope that strengthens and sustains the mission to positively affect children in Catholic schools, as well as his thoughts on Etch-a-Sketch and the significance of being a "tailender."

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Notable Quotes

  • “I started the best week ever with all the ACE stuff going on this summer: the T-shirt reveal and commencement. It was amazing to see our teachers and leaders go through graduation after this year. Are you kidding me? It was moving. I was just moved beyond belief.”

  • “At (ACE) commencement you see all the people within the Institute working their tails off, in front of us and behind the scenes, and you think these people are incredible. You know I'm just so privileged to be a part of this organization. I’m excited to get going.”

  • “These people (in ACE) are smart, talented, committed, and dedicated to faith based education and teaching kids who have been underserved for so long. They're willing to do this. It's about the mission and being around that gives me hope.”

  • “What is going on in this building—with all of the ACE programs and all of the research programs—it's just a beautiful thing because the research funnels into the programs that we do. It has an impact in schools, particularly Catholic schools, and I just think that's a beautiful thing. It's a beautiful model and the people doing it are just incredible.”