College of Education Awarded $5.6 Million in Grant Funding From July Through September, 2023
Faculty and researchers at the NC State College of Education, including the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, were awarded $5,609,113 to support 12 projects from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2023.
As of September 30, the college has spent $5,646,626.48 on research expenditures this fiscal year.
Collaborative Research: Preparing to Teach Mathematics with Technology: LEAding Productive Mathematics Discussions with Web-Based Dynamic Geometry Tools (PTMT: LEAD DG)
This project, funded by $1,787,082 from the National Science Foundation, aims to create curricula for undergraduate students who will become middle and high school mathematics teachers to prepare them to use technology to lead productive mathematics discussions while teaching geometry concepts. Associate Dean Karen Hollebrands is the project’s principal investigator. Assistant Professor Ruby Ellis and Friday Institute Senior Research Scholar Gemma Mojica are co-principal investigators.
Pivots: Enabling Access for Historically Underserved and Underrepresented Groups to Experiential Learning and Credentials in Artificial Intelligence (ExLENT-AI)
This project, funded by $1,000,000 from the National Science Foundation ExLENT program, will establish a partnership with industry organizations, including Delta Air Lines, Lexmark and Charity Navigator, to collaborate on the design and implementation of a 40-week externship program to prepare 33 individuals for careers in artificial intelligence. Professor Carla Johnson is the project’s principal investigator.
School Connectivity Initiative 2023-2026
This project, funded by $850,237 from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, aims to create and manage tools that inform and automate how the School Connectivity Initiative (SCI) functions and assist SCI staff in engagement with the Federal Communications Commission on Proposed Rule Makings and detailed discussions on the successful E-rate program in NC. Friday Institute Senior Director Ray Zeisz is the project’s principal investigator.
The Transfer of College Credits Earned in High School
This project, funded by $566,946 from the U.S. Department of Education, will examine the extent to which college credits earned in high school can be successfully transferred to a postsecondary institution and applied to a degree or major. W. Dallas Herring Professor and Belk Center Executive Director Audrey Jaeger is the project’s principal investigator.
Broadening the Use of Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research
This project, funded by $497,970 from the National Science Foundation, aims to broaden the pool of researchers who leverage learning analytics by building upon the existing LASER Institute to refine, expand and repackage current instructional resources. Shaun Kellogg, assistant teaching professor and director of learning analytics and data science at the Friday Institute, is the project’s principal investigator. Assistant Professor Shiyan Jiang and Friday Institute Senior Research Scholar Gemma Mojica are co-principal investigators.
Creating Diverse Data Science Learning Pathways through Identity-conscious Project-based Learning
This project, funded by $398,938 from the National Science Foundation, will test and refine the all-campus data science Accessible Project-based Teaching and learning (ADAPT) model developed by the NC State Data Science Academy while developing instructional resources for broad implementations within and potentially beyond NC State. Rachel Levy, a professor in NC State’s Department of Mathematics, is the project’s principal investigator. College of Education Assistant Professors Shiyan Jiang and Sunghwan Byun are co-principal investigators while Shaun Kellogg, assistant teaching professor and director of learning analytics and data science at the Friday Institute, will serve as senior personnel.
This project, funded by a $275,484 grant from the National Science Foundation, will design and assess four modules that aim to help graduate teaching assistants teach more equitably while using real-world data in the classroom. This is a collaborative project with Michigan State University, which received additional funding of $124,354. Assistant Professor Sunghwan Byun is the project’s principal investigator. Justin Post, an associate teaching professor and director of online education in the statistics department in the NC State College of Sciences, is a co-principal investigator.
Collaborative Research: The Design and Refinement of Modules for Raising Critical Consciousness in Undergraduate Mathematics Teacher Preparation
This project, funded by $198,227 from the National Science Foundation, aims to help prepare prospective secondary mathematics teachers to teach in increasingly diverse classrooms by using improvement science methods to design, refine and study a series of modules that address pre-service teachers’ knowledge, skills and dispositions for teaching in diverse settings. Associate Teaching Professor Cyndi Edgington is the project’s principal investigator. Assistant Professors Robin Anderson and Ruby Ellis are co-principal investigators.
GenCyberPack: Professional Development for Middle and High School Teachers on Cybersecurity
This project, funded by $150,000 from the National Security Agency, will develop the GenCyber camp to empower middle and high school teachers in North Carolina to teach cybersecurity content in their classrooms. Through support from the camp and project team, teachers in the program will inspire and motivate students to pursue interests in the field to help address a growing need for cybersecurity professionals. Professor Florence Martin is the project’s principal investigator. Aydin Aysu, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the co-principal investigator.
Research Infrastructure for the Development, Implementation, and Assessment of Mathematics Interventions at Scale: An Incubator Project
This project, funded by $46,600 from the National Science Foundation, will gather a group of researchers to begin building research infrastructure that would allow researchers to develop, implement and assess interventions at scale within the Gooru Navigator learning system through a Network for In Vivo Education Research (NIER). Associate Professor Jessica Hunt is the project’s principal investigator.
Virtual School Network
This project, funded by $24,000 from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will facilitate the establishment of strategic partnerships and conduct needs assessments and monthly professional learning sessions for the North Carolina Virtual School Network. Krista Glazewski, executive director of the Friday Institute and associate dean for translational research with the College of Education, is the project’s principal investigator. Friday Institute Research Scholar Jaclyn Stevens is a co-principal investigator.
Tailored Self-Management Education and Support to Reduce Diabetes Distress and Improve Self-Management in Veterans with Diabetes
This project, funded by $7,425 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will assist in the development of a program of research aimed at improving self-management in veterans with diabetes and an intervention that encourages active learning in veterans with diabetes. Associate Professor Sue Barcinas is the project’s principal investigator.