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Improving Early Literacy Across North Carolina

About 60 percent of fourth graders in North Carolina have achieved reading proficiency. Through several initiatives, we are working to ensure every child reaches grade-level proficiency.

As a research-driven college grounded in its land-grant mission, the NC State College of Education works to solve North Carolina’s most pressing educational challenges, including improving early reading proficiency. Here’s a look at how we are doing that.

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

[Video] Why Wolfpack WORKS Matters

Higher marks in reading and increased teacher confidence are just two ways Principal Tawanda Smallwood says Wolfpack WORKS has made an impact at West Bertie Elementary School this year.

A screenshot of Wolfpack WORKS video

In order to improve educational outcomes for all learners across North Carolina we must improve early literacy.

Dr. Mary Ann Danowitz, Dean, NC State College of Education

Fostering Lifelong Reading Habits

In addition to early literacy initiatives, our faculty are working to address literacy across the lifespan. These are just a couple examples.