Panel Will Explore Local Education Innovations

Posted on March 13, 2013 in On-campus Events by Bill Schmitt

Five local public school principals will be part of a March 19 panel discussion on campus, sponsored by the Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) minor and by the student group EduClub. The event is titled “Innovation in Education: South Bend Area Perspectives.” An advance welcome to Nathan Boyd of LaSalle Intermediate Academy, Angie Buysse of Warren Primary Center, Melinda Ehmer of Tarkington Traditional School, Mansour Eid of Clay High School, and Jill VanDriessche of Monroe Primary Center.

Also welcome are other members of the community of educators throughout the South Bend area. The event, scheduled for McKenna Hall from 5 to 6:30 pm, is free of charge, and all are invited to join with Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students in a lively discussion of innovations and trends in K-12 education.


APTIP-IN a Source of Dollars for Students and Teachers

Posted on March 5, 2013 in AP-TIP IN, STEM Disciplines by Bill Schmitt

Incentives paid to public high school students and teachers in connection with college-level studies in English, science, and math drew the attention of reporter Vic Ryckaert at The Indianapolis Star   on March 4. As posted at, the story of the program promoting preparation for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (R) tests in those key disciplines recognized Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives as administrator of the program. The story was also posted by USA Today and was referenced in a comment in a Tampa Bay Times blog.

The program, called the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana (APTIP-IN), is in the first year of a five-year partnership with the state’s Department of Education and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). Karen Morris, a faculty member in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, serves as program director for APTIP-IN. She explained to The Star that the program, supported through grant money supplied to several states by NMSI, uses a business model–including $100 incentives paid to students who receive a grade of 3, 4, or 5 in specific AP tests–to encourage college-level, STEM-related preparation for Indiana’s future workforce.

“It really is a small reward for a lot of extra effort,” said Morris in the article. “In the long run, that extra effort is going to reap big rewards.”

Education in the STEM disciplines–science, technology, engineering, and math–for which the private sector in Indiana and elsewhere has a growing demand, is an area of focus in the Institute for Educational Initiatives. The institute also houses a program called the Notre Dame Excellence in STEM Education Initiative.

Jeffrey Steedle to Speak: Measuring College Readiness

Posted on February 19, 2013 in STEM Disciplines by Bill Schmitt

Jeffrey Steedle, Ph.D., a senior researcher at the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) and an adjunct professor at New York University, will present a talk titled “Measuring College Readiness: The Common Core State Standards Validation through Assessment Project.” The talk, sponsored by the Notre Dame Excellence in STEM Education Initiative, will take place on Tuesday, March 5, at 3 PM in the Remick Commons at Carole Sandner Hall.

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Jeffrey Steedle, Ph.D.

As explained at its website, the CAE is a national nonprofit organization based in New York City.  Initially established in 1952 to advance corporate support of education and to conduct policy research on higher education, today CAE is also focused on improving quality and access in higher education. You can hear Steedle interviewed about the Council’s Collegiate Learning Assessment initiative. The interview took place on “Talk of the Nation” on NPR in March, 2012.

Steedle holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and M.S. in statistics from Stanford University. He received an M.Ed. degree in 2004 from Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). As an ACE teacher, he taught in a Catholic high school in Baton Rouge and specialized in science education. He previously earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Notre Dame.

Find out more about the Excellence in STEM Education Initiative, directed by Matt Kloser, Ph.D., in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. He and his wife, Jamie Rodriguez (’04), live in New York City.

AP-TIP IN Hosts Summer Institute for Teachers

Posted on February 12, 2013 in AP-TIP IN, STEM Disciplines by Bill Schmitt

Here’s an invitation to current Michiana-area Advanced Placement (R) teachers, veteran AP teachers, and teachers who will be teaching AP for the first time next year. If you seek College Board-endorsed training in English, math, and science, apply to attend an AP Summer Institute hosted by the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), administered statewide by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. See more information at the IEI website. Teachers in schools participating in the AP-TIP IN program are guaranteed admission, but attendance has been opened up to include teachers in non-participating schools, as space permits. The training will be held in Indianapolis July 9-12, 2013. Redesigns in biology, chemistry, and physics B will be covered during the trainings. Registration fee for the four-day event is $595. Learn more about the Institute’s role in STEM education.  College Board, AP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement Program, AP Vertical Teams, Pre-AP and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Forum on Collaborating for Education and Research

Posted on February 11, 2013 in On-campus Events by Bill Schmitt

Indiana’s newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, will be the special guest as the 6th annual “Collaborating for Education and Research” Forum to be held Feb. 20 in the Jordan Hall of Science. The Forum, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Notre Dame to foster a collegial approach to STEM education and research in Michiana. All K-12 teachers are invited to attend. Registration is required, but attendance is free. Get more information.

ND Trustee is CEO for AP-TIP IN Partner

Posted on January 28, 2013 in AP-TIP IN by Bill Schmitt

The National Math and Science initiative (NMSI), a key partner in the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana (AP-TIP IN), which is administered by the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has named Sara Martinez Tucker as its new CEO. Tucker is a nationally recognized educator and leader whose other roles include service on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame. She previously served as Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education (2006-2008) and as CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.