Institute Units & Programs

The day-to-day operations of the Institute for Educational Initiatives comprise these units and programs:

  • Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program. AP-TIP IN is Indiana's major initiative to boost student learning in ways that will help college and career readiness, school educational resources, and local and statewide participation in the 21st century economy. The AP-TIP IN program, representing a partnership from the worlds of education, business, and government and based upon a proven model for improved math and science teaching, is administered by the University of Notre Dame through its institute for Educational initiatives.

  • Alliance for Catholic Education. The mission of ACE is to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic schools. Central to its mission is the preparation of teachers and leaders for service in elementary and secondary Catholic schools to effectively educate disadvantaged children. In addition, ACE has developed multiple innovative programs, all of which seek to revitalize Catholic education.
  • Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. CREO is a center of excellence for the study of educational opportunities, the organization of schools, and the effects of schools on student outcomes, with special attention to less privileged students and Catholic schools. Through basic and applied research on schools and the learning process, CREO faculty and students pursue high-quality scholarship that has a significant impact on educational research, policy and practice.  
  • Center for Literacy Education. The Center for Literacy Education, directed by Dr. Ernest Morrell and Dr. Jodene Morrell, fosters collaboration between the Institute's English education faculty and the College of Arts and Letters with the goal of transforming literacy scholarship and practice in today's urban and multicultural urban schools. 
  • Education, Schooling, and Society. The University's interdisciplinary minor in Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) studies the role of education from both national and international perspectives using the tools of the liberal arts and social sciences. ESS applies diverse approaches to crucial questions in education: about the quality of schools, both public and Catholic; the degree to which families have adequate choices to ensure that their children flourish; and education in the context of society, nationally and globally.
  • Fostering Resilience Initiative. The Fostering Resilience Initiative consists of an interdisciplinary team that works to ensure positive outcomes for children and youth facing adversity. By measuring and addressing risks and assets at the child-level, as well as within homes, schools, and communities, we promote a holistic approach to child and youth development. Our goal is to create environments that not only fulfill children’s and youth’s basic needs, but also promote nurturing relationships, socio-emotional skills, and civic engagement.
  • International Education Research Initiative. In an effort to understand and respond to the needs of Catholic education throughout the world, the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies have jointly established an ambitious, multidisciplinary initiative aimed at understanding and responding to the needs of Catholic schools around the world.
  • Notre Dame Center for STEM Education. The Institute has made a significant investment to meet the urgent need for sustaining and strengthening education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for all students. This initiative's mission focuses on generating K-12 student interest in the STEM disciplines and improving students' content knowledge as well as their competencies in science and math.

  • Notre Dame Program for Interdisciplinary Educational ResearchThe University of Notre Dame is launching an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral training program, the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship, that prepares students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods to rigorously examine the impact of educational practices, programs and policies.

  • Program Evaluation and Research. The primary goal of the Program Evaluation and Research Team is to engage collaboratively with program leaders and faculty to design and implement comprehensive studies that explore the success and impacts of educational programs. The team also works to build essential feedback loops, data systems, and strategic plans for the many programs across the IEI that it serves, in order to advance a culture of continuous improvement across the Institute. The majority of the team’s effort is focused on providing evaluation and research support for all of the programs associated with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).