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Research by Notre Dame’s Narvaez Says Dad’s Touch Helps Babies Learn Self-Control

Written by: Bill Schmitt Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Research by Notre Dame’s Narvaez Says Dad’s Touch Helps Babies Learn Self-Control

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez, recently named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), has published findings that reveal one way to prevent kids from becoming anxiety-plagued adults. She advises parents to cuddle with their babies.

Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Named a Fellow of American Educational Research Association

Written by: Bill Schmitt Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Named a Fellow of American Educational Research Association

University of Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements.

 

Harvard Professor Robert Putnam to Deliver 2016 Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. Lecture

Written by: Bill Schmitt Thursday, 10 March 2016

Harvard Professor Robert Putnam to Deliver 2016 Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. Lecture

 

Inequality is increasing in America, widening the gap between rich and poor. What implications does this have for America’s youth and their chances for upward mobility? What can we do to help our youth grow and flourish?

Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, will discuss the growing “opportunity gap” faced by today’s youth amid the backdrop of an ever-growing income divide in his upcoming lecture, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.,” based on his recently published book of the same title. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in The Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom at the University of Notre Dame Law School at 4 pm on March 17.

Latino Enrollment in Catholic Schools, “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Written by: Bill Schmitt Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Latino Enrollment in Catholic Schools, “Where Do We Go from Here?”

A newly published, special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education sends a challenging message: The future of Latino enrollment in Catholic schools may be at a “critical juncture.”

Notre Dame political scientist Luis Ricardo Fraga, a driving force behind the journal’s project, suggested this crossroads deserves vigorous debate among scholars and merits attention from educators and Church leaders who must steward the Church through the demographic shift unfolding with the influx of Latino population growth in the United States. The project is “one of the first efforts to consolidate educational scholarship that critically engages the practice of Catholic education in Latino communities.”

Notre Dame scholars address challenges for Latino Catholic education

Written by: Bill Schmitt Thursday, 11 February 2016

Notre Dame scholars address challenges for Latino Catholic education

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, its first issue ever to focus specifically on Latinos and Catholic education.

Grant Bolsters Institute's Program for STEM Teaching in Indiana High Schools

Written by: Bill Schmitt Thursday, 07 January 2016

Grant Bolsters Institute's Program for STEM Teaching in Indiana High Schools

A major grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will extend the state’s support for the University of Notre Dame’s innovative development of high school teachers in the STEM disciplines. The $370,972 grant to Notre Dame was announced Jan. 6 for teacher support through the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), part of the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education in the Institute for Educational Initiatives.

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

Written by: Bill Schmitt Monday, 21 December 2015

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

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 and colleagues Lijuan Wang and Ying Cheng, associate professors of psychology, show that childhood experiences that match with evolved needs lead to better outcomes in adulthood.

New Burns Fellowship Program Supports Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research

Written by: Bill Schmitt Tuesday, 08 December 2015

New Burns Fellowship Program Supports Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research

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.

Accepting applications now for the Fall 2016 semester, the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship is open to prospective students applying to Ph.D. programs in economics, political science, psychology, and sociology who plan to pursue educational research.

Grant from Innovate Foundation Boosts STEM Teaching Fellows Initiative

Written by: Bill Schmitt Friday, 13 November 2015

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.”

 

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

Written by: Bill Schmitt Friday, 06 November 2015

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

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.

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

Written by: Bill Schmitt Thursday, 08 October 2015

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

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.

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

Written by: Bill Schmitt Monday, 05 October 2015

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

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.

Alliance for Catholic Education Honored with Seton Award

Written by: Bill Schmitt Friday, 02 October 2015

Alliance for Catholic Education Honored with Seton Award

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.

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

Written by: Bill Schmitt Monday, 28 September 2015

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.

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

Written by: Bill Schmitt Monday, 21 September 2015

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

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.

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