Faculty and researchers at the NC State College of Education, including the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, were awarded $4,221,501 to support 11 projects from April 1 through June 30, 2022.
As of June 30, the college has spent more than $15.9 million on research expenditures during the 2021-22 academic year.
Computer Science Discoveries & Computer Science Principles Training
This project, funded by a $1,897,500 grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will prepare and support more than 1,100 North Carolina educators to teach computer science over the next three years. Program components include a five-day summer workshop, four quarterly workshops to provide teachers with pedagogy guidance and curricular content, and ongoing support for a professional learning community. Melissa Rasberry, director of the Friday Institute’s Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative, is the project’s principal investigator.
Knowledge, Beliefs, and Mindsets (KBM) about Equity in Educators and Educational Leadership Survey
This project, funded by a $908,818 grant from the Wallace Foundation, aims to develop a survey instrument that will help identify potential principal candidates of color who possess high levels of knowledge, beliefs and mindsets about equity as well as identify equity gaps among pre- and in-service educators that could be addressed through professional learning and development. Associate Professor Lisa Bass is the project’s principal investigator.
Sustaining Pre-K Gains into Elementary School: Exploring the Role of School-based Pre-K in Equity, Continuity and Collaboration
This project, funded by a $531,230 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s IES Early Learning Program, will examine how groups of students sustained gains made in Pre-K on outcomes that include achievement, executive function and absenteeism, from kindergarten through fifth grade. Assistant Professor Michael Little is the project’s principal investigator.
NC Education Corps Evaluation
This project, funded by a $376,842 grant from NC Education Corps, will allow the Friday Institute to help NC Education Corps better understand how they foster effective partnerships with schools to implement research-based programs that support teachers and students, how to train members for high-impact tutoring and to what extent they implement high-impact interventions that improve early literacy and social-emotional outcomes for students. Callie Womble Edwards, acting director of the Friday Institute’s Program Evaluation and Education Research program, is the project’s principal investigator. Friday Institute Interim Executive Director Shaun Kellogg is the co-principal investigator.
Advancing Educational Opportunity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Lowest-Performing Schools through Teacher Recruitment, Development, and Retention
This $245,564 grant from the Belk Foundation will establish a three-year partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to provide support and improve the district’s 10 lowest performing schools. The goal of the project is to collect, analyze and synthesize data to inform district leaders about interventions for teacher hiring, development and retention to improve student outcomes. Assistant Professor Lam Pham is the project’s principal investigator.
NC High-Tech Learning Accelerator Evaluation Planning
This project, funded by a $89,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, aims to develop a comprehensive and responsive evaluation plan for the High-Tech Learning Accelerator program that details strategies and intended outcomes and measures for assessing and improvement of program impact. Friday Institute Interim Executive Director Shaun Kellogg is the project’s principal investigator. Callie Womble Edwards, acting director of the Friday Institute’s Program Evaluation and Education Research program, is the co-principal investigator.