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

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