The CLE fosters the professional growth of dynamic, talented classroom teachers and literacy scholars. We equip them with the coaching and the resources to create vibrant literary classrooms that celebrate diversity.
Education, Schooling & Society Minor
The Education, Schooling & Society (ESS) Minor is offered to Notre Dame undergraduate students. ESS is an indisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Letter and the Institute for Educational Initatives. At the heart of the program is the study of how humans learn and how society, politics, and the economy influence that learning.
Using tools from a variety of disciplines, students explore an institution that profoundly affects the development of societies. How can the American education system serve all students equally? How can education be improved?
As students consider the research, theory, and practices relevant to answering such questions, they gain a deeper understanding of social structures, human development, and themselves.
ACE Teaching Fellows
The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) seeks to develop a corps of highly motivated and committed educators to meet the needs of our country's most underserved elementary and secondary schools.
Established in 1994 by Fr. Tim Scully, CSC, ACE now places over 180 college graduates in over 120 parochial schools throughout the United States.
To carry out its core teaching mission, ACE recruits talented graduates from colleges and universities across the country. ACE teachers represent a broad variety of undergraduate disciplines, with a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. ACE provides an intensive two-year service experience encompassing professional development, community life, and spiritual growth. These three pillars are at the heart of the ACE program. ACE aims to provide excellence in education and to maximize opportunities for its participants' personal and professional growth.
Seeking to form leaders in Catholic schools, to prepare informed and active citizens for the world, and to provide high-quality educational opportunities for the under-served, ACE works tirelessly to provide a witness of hope.
Learn more at https://ace.nd.edu/teach.
With the support of the O'Shaughnessy Foundation Endowment for Excellence in K-12 Research, the O’Shaughnessy Fellows program equips dynamic English Language Arts teachers with the skills and scholarship to become literacy leaders in their school communities. The O’Shaughnessy Fellows program further empowers those teachers who believe that literacy changes lives, teachers who seek long-term, transformative professional development that will have a measurable impact on their students. To this end, the program exposes fellows to broad best practices, but also asks participants to develop research questions that are relevant to their particular students.
Long-Term Professional Development for the Practicing Teacher
Each summer, the University of Notre Dame invites a cohort of 10 O’Shaughnessy Fellows to an on-campus institute. Some of the nation’s leading English professors provide coaching in high-impact instructional practices and guidance in conducting research projects. Perhaps most importantly, the summer summit encourages fellows to build an “O’Shag Family”—a community of like-minded English teachers who are deeply committed to improving their students’ lives through literacy.
Throughout the year, O’Shaughnessy Fellows continue to grow as they work in Instructional Learning Communities (ILCs). In these groups, teachers meet online monthly with faculty and one another. They discuss pedagogical practices, research design, and how to gather and analyze research data.
Principals connected to the Center for Literacy Education (CLE) nominate teachers for participation in the program. From this nomination pool, CLE members invite 10 teachers to join each cohort. While we appreciate enthusiasm for improving literacy education, the O’Shaughnessy Fellows does not take outside applications at this time.
While there are many benefits of the O’Shaughnessy Fellows program, some of the highlights include:
- Longitudinal professional growth in literacy teaching, learning, assessment, and leadership
- Individualized coaching in instruction and research from tenured, high-profile literacy professors
- A national and local community of practitioners with a strong cohort model
- Support and resources to present research at regional English conferences
- Approximately 100 hours of PD each year that can be used for re-certification
- Travel, lodging, and meal expenses paid for summer institute
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The Coyle Fellows helps to establish early career, postdoctoral scholars in the field of literacy education research. These fellows may have recently written an excellent dissertation, and now need the guidance and capital to galvanize their careers in professional research. University of Notre Dame faculty members mentor fellows in how to develop and conduct research projects, write for a publication, and access professional societies.
Long-Term Professional Development for Literacy Researchers
Each year, the Coyle Fellows program invites 5 promising researchers to create an idea proposal. Once accepted, the fellow will receive a stipend each year of the two-year program to execute the research project; however, the fellowship does not demand residence at the university. The Coyle Fellows program is particularly interested in candidates whose research would explore the intersection between faith formation and literacy achievement. For example, current Coyle fellows' research proposals investigate which texts best instill a social justice mindset or how the spirituality of hip-hop benefits marginalized students.
Throughout the year, Coyle Fellows visit campus 1-2 times, conduct virtual check-ins with mentors, and complete an annual report on their research.
The CLE and IEI community must nominate an early career researcher for the fellowship. Potential candidates are referred to the program directors.
- Longitudinal professional growth in literacy research design, data collection, and data analysis
- Individualized mentorship from tenured, high-profile literacy professors
- Connection to the larger professional research community
- Funding for research project
- Qualification for tenure track position
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