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Our Initiatives

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ACE Teaching Fellows

We form talented, faith-filled college graduates to renew and transform Catholic school classrooms.

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The ALMA initiative works to sustain and strengthen Catholic schools through a renewed commitment to serving Latino and multilingual students. We believe that serving immigrant and other communities on the margins is not only the great legacy of Catholic schools; it is our future.

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The Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program

We prepare transformational Catholic school leaders who make God known, loved, and served by managing school resources, leading learning, and building robust Catholic school communities.

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ACE Advocates

We are the network of ACE graduates and friends committed to empowering individuals to support, strengthen, and transform Catholic education.

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English as a New Language

We equip educators to meet the unique needs of English language learners in Catholic school. 

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Program for Inclusive Education

We envision Catholic schools that are prepared to educate all children regardless of academic, behavioral, social, emotional, or physical need. We seek to equip Catholic schools with a culture, a foundation, and resources for inclusive education.

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Catholic School Advantage

We are a national movement committed to promoting the value and accessibility of a quality Catholic education among Church and school leaders, educators, and families.

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Latino Enrollment Institute

A year-long formation program providing Catholic schools with marketing strategies and school culture interventions to better attract and serve Latino families in their local community.

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Adelante Conference

This two-and-a-half-day summer conference explores the intersection of the Church, Catholic schools, and the growing U.S. Latino population.

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Latino Educator and Administrator Development Program

A year-long leader formation program designed to form, advance, and retain Latino educators in Catholic education by providing professional development and community mentorship rooted in Catholic faith. 

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School Pastors' Institute

A leadership formation symposium for pastors of Catholic schools. This four-day summer conference is designed to respond to the unique and increasingly complex challenges and opportunities related to serving as a pastor of a parish school.

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American Indian Catholic Schools Network

We aim to create a foundation of mutual leadership that encourages and supports each member school in its ministry, while strengthening our collective ability to fulfill our mission.

ACE Ascent Program

ACE Ascent Program

We form teacher leaders who empower their Catholic schools by elevating the mathematics program with a focus on surfacing Truth, Beauty, and Order and by cultivating joyful, supportive communities within their own schools and across their Diocese.

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Center for Literacy Education

We foster collaboration between the Institute for Educational Initiative's literacy education faculty and Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters with the goal of transforming literacy scholarship and practice in today's K-12 multicultural schools.

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Center for STEM Education

We strive to make a lasting impact in STEM education through research and the translation of evidence-based findings into programs that have broader impacts on student interest in, identity with, and learning of the STEM disciplines.

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ACE Principal Academy

We deepen and enrich the capacity of Catholic school principals and leaders, strengthening current principals to become the most remarkable Catholic school leaders in the nation.

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Higher-Powered Learning

We empower Catholic school teachers and leaders to leverage technology and related innovative research-based educational practices to meet the needs of all learners.

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Program for Educational Access

We help advance policy to empower families and promote educational equity.

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We are dedicated to shepherding students to college and heaven by accompanying them on their educational journeys. We team with schools to provide the tools children need to develop strong character and deepen their spirituality through each stage of their education.

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Notre Dame ACE Academies

We are a network of schools that strive to provide a Catholic education of the highest quality to as many children as possible.


Excellence in Teaching Conference

An annual event hosted by Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives that offers professional development for elementary and secondary teachers from across the country. 

Frassati Business Internship - University of Notre Dame

Frassati Internship

We cultivate business talent in service of Catholic education by providing Notre Dame undergraduates the opportunity to work in national philanthropic foundations and organizations.

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ACE in Chile

We provide ACE and other UCCE graduates with the opportunity to teach and live internationally for 18 months, while enhancing capacities as leaders and educators. 

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ACE Ireland

We seek to identify, motivate, and develop leaders that are committed to revitalizing the Catholic character of Irish primary and secondary schools in the 21st century.

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