The Fr. Mark Payne Institute

Schools nationwide adapt the St. Benedict's Prep model.

After “60 Minutes” aired its story on St. Benedict’s Prep in 2016, parents, educators, and religious leaders from around the country contacted The Hive with two questions. How do you do it? And how can we utilize the Benedict’s model to make our own schools and communities more successful? The  Fr. Mark Payne Institute (formerly called The Vox Institute) was established soon after. Named for Rev. Mark Payne, O.S.B. '69 — the Benedictine monk, physics teacher and force behind The Backpacking Project and the Group System — the Institute is a resource to public, private and charter schools nationwide. Schools in Milwaukee, Baltimore, Cleveland, Tulsa and elsewhere have worked with the Fr. Mark Payne Institute to learn about the Benedict's model and adapt it to their own educational communities. Transcend, a national organization dedicated to creating more equitable learning environments, recently included St. Benedict's Prep to its Innovative Models Exchange, a resource comprised of 40+ learning models that communities can use to rethink and reshape schools.

The work of the Fr. Mark Payne Institute is focused on Four Core Pillars: 

Case Studies


Begin Your Journey With the Fr. Mark Payne Institute:

  1. One-Hour Information Session  

  • A conversation with Dr. Glenn Cassidy, director of the Fr. Mark Payne Institute, covering SBP’s history and an overview of our model. 

  • In-person or virtual options available.
  • No fee - Conversation only. 
  1. Three-Hour Site Visit 

  • Immerse yourself in St. Benedict’s unique approach to building community, student leadership, socioemotional health and experiential education. 
  • Tour included, with the opportunity to attend Convocation (SBP’s school-wide morning meeting). 
  • $750 for up to 10 guests.
  1. Full Day Site Visit 

  • Engage in workshops tailored to your needs, led by Institute and student leaders.
  • Tour and lunch provided.  
  • $1,750 for up to 10 guests.
  1. Additional Services 

  • Customizable assessments and modules for groups, at your location or St. Benedict’s Prep.
  • Online options available.
  • Contact us for pricing.
  • Services include:

    • How to Create Community ("The Anti Bully")
    • Addressing Socioemotional Health in Schools ("Address the Heart and the Mind Will Follow")
    • Developing Student Leaders ("Students Step Up When Adults Step Back")
    • Getting Out of the Classroom ("Experience is the Best Teacher")


Rethinking the Opportunity Gap

Learn more about the Fr. Mark Payne Institute (formerly Vox Institute)! The Spring 2020 issue of St. Benedict’s Prep featured the Institute's work with schools around the country and how it has empowered student success.


Glenn Cassidy, Ed.D. '90, Director, Fr. Mark Payne Institute