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College of Education Research

The College of Education strives to reduce achievement gaps and increase opportunities for success in education through research, development, and leadership in these areas:


  • Since 2010, the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) awarded $14 million in grants to develop, deliver, and research strategic partnerships to create robust leadership pipelines for under-resourced rural school districts and is a national exemplar of a research-based school leadership preparation program
  • High impact collaboration with the NC Community College system, including designing sustainable community college leadership reform to increase student success

Digital Transformation 

  • Formed multidisciplinary teams across NC State to lead cutting edge projects on the digital transformation of education
  • Friday Institute, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, developed the Future Ready Schools initiative, to help school districts make the most of digital learning

STEM Teaching & Learning


  • Examining what it means to be literate in a digital world, including issues related to digital literacies, writing with technology, and game-based learning as literacy
  • Creating a state-of-the-art high school in Suzhou, China, which collaborates virtually on inquiry projects with teachers and students in NC

Extension and Engagement

  • NC Math and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (NC-MSEN): prepares underserved students at the middle and high school levels to attend a 4-year college or university, and for careers in education and STEM. 99% of participants have gone on to college
  • 15,600+ educators from around the world reached through Friday Institute online or in-person professional development programs. Friday Institute, an early leader in MOOC research and development, launched MOOC-Ed, the first platform of this type for international teacher professional development

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