Wolfpack WORKS Receives $12.2M Grant from DPI to Improve Early Literacy Across NC
Started in summer 2018, Wolfpack WORKS has worked with over 170 first- and second-year K-2 teachers in 16 high-need school districts in North Carolina to help them improve early literacy instruction. With the new grant, Wolfpack WORKS will continue for at least three more years and expand its support to include third-year K-2 teachers.
Year 1 | Wolfpack WORKS’s Reach Across N.C.
High-Need School Districts Served
Beginning Teachers Receiving Support
K-2 Students Impacted
Exceptional Teacher Preparation and Support
We Prepare North Carolina’s Best Teachers
We offer one of the STEM-focused elementary education programs in the nation. But together with the STEM-focus, our emphasis on literacy instruction is also unmatched. All students complete three literacy methods courses that draw on research to help teacher candidates address the reading needs of all children. By coupling STEM and literacy, our program graduates K-6 teachers who stand among the most well-prepared and effective educators in North Carolina.
We Train Exceptional Teacher Leaders
Through our New Literacies and Global Learning graduate program, we increase classroom teachers’ capacity for teaching reading, English language arts and social studies. Over half of the students enrolled in this program are K-3 classroom teachers, many preparing to become literacy or reading specialists. Program graduates have gone on to hold district-level positions who influence early literacy instruction and serve as curriculum literacy coaches.
We Provide Support for In-Service Educators
Our Teaching Foundational Reading Skills MOOC-Ed course provides K-3 classroom teachers and informal educators across North Carolina (and beyond) with professional development training that increases their students’ grade-level reading proficiency. Over 1,300 educators in North Carolina have participated in this free, online professional development course since 2017.
Other Ways We're Improving Early Reading in Our Community
The Literacy Space
At this inquiry-based tutoring program in Wake County, elementary-aged children who need additional literacy support receive 20 to 30 hours of individualized instruction in foundational reading skills from graduate students preparing to be literacy specialists. The children who receive tutoring consistently show growth in their foundational reading skills.
Cultivating Young Readers
There are nearly a dozen faculty members at NC State engaged in literacy initiatives to improve reading education across North Carolina and the nation. Together, they developed seven evidence-based principles to help K-5 learners be passionate, critical and successful readers.
Building Reading Skills through Writing
Dr. Crystal Chen Lee, an assistant professor of English language arts education, has helped more three dozen students in Durham and Wake counties become published authors and grow in their literacy work through the college's Literacy and Community Initiative and through Bull City Youth Build. "The students not only gain academic writing skills . . .they learn that their voices matter–in both written and oral form, and literacy gives them the power and the tools to share such stories."
Igniting a Passion for Diverse Literature
Students from Assistant Professor Michelle Falter's Young Adult Literature Class partnered with Project LIT at Davis Drive Middle School in Wake County last semester to lead discussions and group activities based on diverse young adult literature. Of the partnership, Falter said, “My students can put into practice what they have learned about creating good discussion around literature, how to empower quiet students, and how to ask good questions. They get an opportunity to use skills that teachers have to practice in an environment that’s not just their peers who are good at talking.”