NC State Education Receives $3M+ in Research Grants Between January-March 2018

Note: The following report was updated to reflect a change in total awards granted.

NC State College of Education faculty and research associates were awarded $2,322,418 in grants to support eight research projects between January and March 2018. Faculty have received $5,527,621 in awards during the 2017-18 academic year so far.

Below are the research grants NC State College of Education faculty and research associates received from January to March 2018.


Title: Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership Planning Grant
Summary:  Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership is leading NC State’s efforts to expand professional development opportunities and create a statewide resource network for community college leaders.
Principal Investigator: Audrey Jaeger, Ph.D., Professor & Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, University Faculty Scholar
Co-Principal Investigators: James Bartlett, Ph.D. and Rey Garcia, Ph.D.
Sponsor: John M. Belk Endowment
Total Award: $100,000


Title: Rural LIFE: Literacy Initiative Focused on Effectiveness
Summary: Rural LIFE is partnering with the Niswonger Foundation’s larger LIFE program to increase literacy in rural areas.
Principal Investigator: Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D., Teaching Assistant Professor, Digital Learning & Teaching
Co-Principal Investigator: Nancy Mangum
Sponsor: Niswonger Foundation
Total Award: $398,160


Title: North Carolina State Improvement Project (NCSIP) Institute of Higher Education Partnership
Summary: Through this NC State College of Education and North Carolina State Improvement Project, both parties aim to improve instruction for students with disabilities.
Principal Investigator: Ed Sabornie, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Total Award: $10,000


Title: N.C. Digital Learning Plan – Statewide Content, State Policies, and Continuous Improvement
Summary: The project supports the N.C. Digital Learning Plan related to statewide content, state policies, and continuous improvement activities authorized under Session Law 2016-94, Section 8.23.
Principal Investigator: Jeni Corn, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation Programs at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Total Award: $199,144


Title: N.C. Digital Learning Plan – Professional Learning
Summary: The detailed N.C. Digital Learning Plan, published September 2015, articulates specific and actionable recommendations for State-level leadership in supporting local education agencies and all public schools in transitioning to digital learning.
Principal Investigator: Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D., Teaching Assistant Professor, Digital Learning & Teaching
Co-Principal Investigator: Nancy Mangum and Theresa Gibson
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Total Award: $277,505


Title: Strategies: Innovation Challenges for Middle School Mathematics in a Digital Learning System: Student Participation and Impact on Achievement, Affect, and STEM
Principal Investigator: Jere Confrey, Ph.D., Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education
Co-Principal Investigator: Garron Gianopulos
Sponsor: NSF/Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
Total Award: $1,195,719


Title: Computer Science Fundamentals Program
Summary: Through the Computer Science Fundamentals Program, Frye will help implement significant change in schools to expand opportunities and broaden participation in computing for all students in all fields of study.
Principal Investigator: Dave Frye, Ed.D., Associate Director at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Sponsor: Code.org
Total Award: $43,890


Title: North Carolina Community College Tier Funding
Principal Investigator: Trip Stallings, Ph.D., Director of Policy Research at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Co-Principal Investigator: Emily Antoszyk
Sponsor: North Carolina Community College System
Total Award: $98,000