NC State College of Education Receives $4.2 Million Grant April-June 2022


NC State College of Education faculty and researchers, including the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, received $4,221,501 to support 11 projects from April 1 through June 30, 2022.

As of June 30, the college had spent more than $15.9 million on research expenditures in the 2021-22 academic year.

Discoveries in computing and training in the principles of computing

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. Components of the program include a five-day summer workshop, four quarterly workshops to provide teachers with instructional guidance and program content, and ongoing support for a professional learning community. Melissa Rasberry, director of the Friday Institute’s Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative, is the lead researcher on the project.

Knowledge, Beliefs and Mindsets (KBM) Survey on Equity in Educators and Educational Leadership

This project, funded by a $908,818 grant from the Wallace Foundation, aims to develop a survey instrument that will help identify potential primary candidates of color who possess high levels of knowledge, beliefs, and mindsets about the equity as well as to identify gaps in equity between pre- and in-service educators that could be addressed through professional learning and development. Associate Professor Lisa Bass is the principal investigator of the project.

Sustaining Pre-Kindergarten through Elementary: Exploring the Role of School-Based Pre-Kindergarten 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 have sustained gains made in pre-K on outcomes that include passing, executive function and absenteeism, kindergarten through fifth grade. Assistant Professor Michael Little is the principal investigator of the project.

North Carolina Corps of Education Assessment

This project, funded by a $376,842 grant from NC Education Corps, will enable 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 the extent to which they implement high-impact interventions that improve early literacy and student socio-emotional outcomes. Callie Womble Edwards, acting director of the Friday Institute’s Program Evaluation and Educational Research Program, is the project’s principal investigator. The Friday Institute’s acting executive director, Shaun Kellogg, is the co-principal investigator.

Advancing Educational Opportunities in Underperforming Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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 worst-performing schools. The goal of the project is to collect, analyze, and synthesize data to inform district leaders about teacher hiring, development, and retention interventions to improve student outcomes. Assistant Professor Lam Pham is the principal investigator of the project.

NC High-Tech Learning Accelerator Evaluation Planning

This project, funded by an $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 expected outcomes and measures to assess and improve program impact. The Friday Institute’s acting executive director, Shaun Kellogg, is the project’s principal investigator. Callie Womble Edwards, acting director of the Friday Institute’s program evaluation and educational research, is the co-principal investigator.

North Carolina Early Years Leadership Collaboration

This project, funded by a $75,000 grant from the Belk Foundation, will use the results of a survey of elementary school principals and improvement science approaches to co-design a set of change ideas to improve early leadership. Participants will come together in a learning design institute, where they will interrogate survey results; set a specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) objective; define a theory of action; and design the set of change ideas that will be tested with a sample of North Carolina school districts. Assistant Professor Michael Little is the project’s Principal Investigator while Assistant Professor Timothy Drake will be the Co-Principal Investigator.

Collaborative Research: Building Confidence Through Culturally Appropriate Mathematics Courses: UNC System Mathematics Pathways for African American College Transformation

This $39,984 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the Friday Institute’s Program Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) group to partner with the Math Pathways for African American Collegiate Transformation (MPAACT) project team to support the collection, analysis and reporting of formative assessment data. . Callie Womble Edwards, acting director of the Friday Institute’s Program Evaluation and Educational Research Program, is the project’s principal investigator.

CTE Leadership Collaborative Mini-Grant

This $25,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation will provide funding to fellows in NC State University’s Postsecondary Careers and Technical Education Research Program to support research projects and the dissemination of results. Associate Professor James Bartlett is the Principal Investigator of the project, while Associate Professor Michelle Bartlett will act as Co-Principal Investigator.

CS Education Summer Accelerator Program

This project, funded by a $17,563 grant from Warren County Schools, will train up to three teachers for summer computer learning by allowing them to teach three daily classes for three weeks while receiving ongoing support. Jennifer Houchins, director of technology programs at the Friday Institute, is the lead researcher on the project.

BER APS Institute for Civic Studies and Learning for Democracy at North Carolina State University

This initiative, funded by a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, will bring together advanced graduate students, faculty, and practitioners from various fields of study from the United States and Germany for a 10-day interdisciplinary seminar focused on issues related to the development of civil society and the role of lifelong learning and education in promoting democracy. Associate Professor Chad Hoggan is the principal investigator of the project.

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