Saint Ignatius High School

Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

The Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (CIP), an institutional action research center and learning lab that will study the cognitive, affective, and behavioral growth and wellness of adolescent boys, inspires deeper teaching and learning through action-based research.

"By partnering with students to initiate complex questions about their learning, we can accompany them in the creation of a hope-filled future."

Dr. Terra Caputo, Director
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The Center for Ignatian Pedagogy:

Established in the fall of 2022, The Center for Ignatian Pedagogy at Saint Ignatius High School is a professional learning and action research center that seeks to:

  • commingle the movements of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm with research from mind, brain, and education science in order to further prioritize student engagement and well-being with a specific focus on adolescent boys; 

  • serve as the hub for the school’s professional learning programming and primary mechanism for advancing Ignatian pedagogy in the school and across the Jesuit Schools Network; 

  • operate as an institutional action research center for Catholic, Jesuit education;

  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning for students and faculty through its devotion to action research and advancing best practices in teaching and learning.

Through the Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, a major initiative of Vision ‘30, Saint Ignatius High School is fortifying its identity as a school of excellence. By harnessing the transformative potential of both the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and emerging research from the science of teaching and learning, the Center empowers educators to meet the growing demands and needs of today’s students. Most significantly, as a mission-driven, entrepreneurial hub for Catholic, Jesuit education, the Center for Ignatian Pedagogy further demonstrates Saint Ignatius High School’s renewed commitment to educational excellence for all of its students.

What is Ignatian Pedagogy?


Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm prioritizes “personal and cooperative study, discovery, creativity, and reflection to promote lifelong learning and action in service to others” (Korth n.d.).

Consisting of five movements--Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation--the Ignatian approach to teaching and learning is distinct from the way that many students are still educated today because it forces students to sit longer with problems, to think creatively, collaboratively, and analytically about the ways in which what they are doing in class translates to toiling with issues facing our world today. Ignatius students aren’t just learning facts, figures, and formulas in preparation for a test. They are acquiring knowledge so that they might more clearly discern and answer the question posed by Fr. Robert Welsh, S.J. “What does God want from me?”