“Christian education is the art of leading the young to wholeness, in the image of Jesus Christ.”
- Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C.
Founder, Congregation of Holy Cross
Since its founding in 1996 by Prof. Maureen Hallinan, the Institute has blossomed into a comprehensive educational leadership, research, and outreach enterprise serving schools and school systems nationwide. Now led by Fr. Timothy R. Scully, CSC, the Institute provides an intellectual home at Notre Dame for more than 70 Faculty Fellows from a range of academic disciplines who are united by a shared interest in K-12 education. The Institute’s pursuits are fundamentally interdisciplinary, bringing together faculty from many disciplines to study complex questions about education.
This interdisciplinary reach also encourages an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, which is vital to adequately address the varied and complex challenges facing our schools. Through leadership, research, and innovative practice, Institute Fellows and affiliates strive to improve the education of all young people, particularly the disadvantaged, with a special—though not exclusive—call to sustain, strengthen, and transform elementary and secondary Catholic schools.
The Institute for Educational Initiatives' teaching, scholarship, and service reflect Notre Dame’s commitment to advance K-12 schooling. Distinguished scholars and practitioners pursue interdisciplinary collaborations to make a difference in crucial areas of education reform, with particular attention to Catholic schools. Resources for educational excellence include a wide array of distinctive graduate-level programs that form teachers and leaders.