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New wolf statue on central campus.

Jan 7, 2019

New NSF Project to Increase Student STEM Identity through e-Mentoring

A three-year, $1.2 million grant “Enhancing STEM Identity through e-Mentoring Experiences” will pair underrepresented high school students in rural school districts in North Carolina with near-peer mentors studying engineering at NC State University to increase identity, self-efficacy and value for STEM subject areas. 

Photo of Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School students participating in Hour of Code

Dec 18, 2018

[Video]: Friday Institute Staff Help Local Middle Schoolers Engage in Hour of Code

Staff from the NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation helped Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School students participate in Hour of Code, a global movement that introduces tens of millions of students to computer science, earlier this month. 

Teachers in a classroom meeting

Dec 6, 2018

$1 Million Grant Will Support Broadening Participation in Computer Science and Computational Thinking

A team of faculty and researchers at NC State University were recently awarded a three-year $1 million National Science Foundation grant in collaboration with the Wake County Public School System, UNC-Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to broaden participation in computer science and computational thinking in North Carolina. Dr. Eric Wiebe, Dr. Dave Frye and Dr. Sherry Freeman from the NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and Dr. Tiffany Barnes from the Department of Computer Science at NC State will lead this project, starting this month, titled EcoCS: Developing a Systemic, Scalable Model to Broaden Participation in Middle School Computer Science Using an RPP Approach. 

Nov 14, 2018

Friday Institute Selects 2018 Graduate Student Fellows

The Friday Institute has announced its 2018 Graduate Student Fellows, which includes two Ph.D. students in the NC State College of Education. In all, there are three new Friday Institute Graduate Fellows who are dedicating time to providing access to education for all students, protecting people impacted by hazardous weather or improving the educational experiences of all learners. Each fellow will receive $2,000 to support their research. 

Nov 13, 2018

EdSurge: What’s in a Name? The Potential for Students to Self-Advocate

Director of Digital Learning Programs Mary Ann Wolf shares with EdSurge how Students LEAD (Learn, Explore, Advocate Differently) -- an online course offered to students, teachers and parents -- helps learners understand and verbalize their individual strengths, preferences and needs when it comes to learning and working. 

New wolf statue on central campus.

Nov 9, 2018

NC State Education Receives $7M+ in Research Grants Between July and November 2018

NC State College of Education faculty were awarded $7,029,012 to support 15 research projects from July 2018 to November 2018. Read about the research projects the new grants will fund and how they will enhance education in North Carolina and across the nation. 

Photo of the exterior of the Friday Institute.

Oct 31, 2018

Analysis Detects No State-Level Impacts for ‘Read to Achieve’ Initiative

North Carolina’s Read to Achieve initiative, the state program supporting reading mastery for all third-grade students, appears to have had no effect on reading scores for the first two cohorts of students exposed to the program, according to research and analysis conducted by North Carolina State University. 

Oct 24, 2018

EducationWeek: Study Evaluates North Carolina 3rd Grade Literacy Effort

NC State College of Education and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation researchers release findings from a five-year study on North Carolina's Read to Achieve program and suggest a broader subject group as well as consistent summer camp offerings across the state. 

A photo of a summer reading camp from the News & Observer

Oct 22, 2018

N&O: NC State Researchers Reveal Results in Newest ‘Read to Achieve’ Study

Researchers from the NC State College of Education and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation reveal findings from North Carolina's Read to Achieve program since its inception in 2012 and suggest ways to improve the statewide initiative moving forward. 

NC State Belltower at dusk.

Aug 30, 2018

New $1.8 Million NSF Grant to Support NC State Education Project on Math Teacher Preparation

Hollylynne Lee, professor and university faculty scholar at the NC State College of Education, will use the grant to continue her team’s work on improving the way preservice mathematics teachers prepare to enter their classrooms, specifically how to utilize students’ mathematical thinking in technology-rich environments.