Carole Sandner Hall

Carole Sandner Hall, dedicated in September 2011, is home to the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), an internationally known initiative committed to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic elementary and secondary education.

Located in the heart of campus near the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes, and the Main Building, Carole Sandner Hall and the renovated Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) building together contain gathering spaces as well as offices for ACE faculty and staff.

The premier gathering space in ACE’s new home, Remick Commons, was once the chapel of the convent for the Sisters of the Holy Cross, many of whom taught in Catholic schools.

ACE was co-founded in 1993 by Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., and Rev. Sean McGraw, C.S.C. Its roots as a service program, sending Notre Dame graduates to teach in under-resourced Catholic K-12 schools, have grown to include other formation programs, as well as a variety of professional services, partnerships, and outreach initiatives building a movement in support of Catholic schools. The IEI was founded in 1996 under the direction of distinguished sociologist Prof. Maureen Hallinan. It provides a collaborative, entrepreneurial environment for more than 60 faculty fellows from various academic disciplines with a shared interest in K-12 education, public and private. Through teaching, research, and outreach, IEI fellows and affiliated units advance Notre Dame’s commitment to educational excellence for all students, especially the disadvantaged.

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