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May 21, 2024

Why Is It Important for Students to Understand How Scientific Decisions are Made? ‘If You Don’t Understand How Scientists Decide What Makes One Claim More Believable, Then It’s Actually Very Hard to Understand Science,’ Says STEM Education Department Head William Sandoval

For William Sandoval, head of the Department of STEM Education in the NC State College of Education, when preparing K-12 students to engage with real-world science, developing the skills to become career scientists is not nearly as important as helping them to engage with the science that will occur all around them in their everyday lives. 

Mar 7, 2023

‘When Two Languages Interact, You Create a Different Kind of Human Being:’ Kathy Escamilla Shares Advice for Teaching Literacy to Multilingual Learners During First Lecture of Linguistic Diversity Speaker Series

“When two languages interact, you create a different kind of human being.” This message was shared by Kathy Escamilla, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder, during the first lecture as part of the Linguistic Diversity Speaker Series, organized by NC State College of Education Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Educational Equity Maria Coady. 

Mar 7, 2023

How Can Parents and Teachers Help Students Be Digitally Safe? ‘We Should Start Very Early, Even at the Preschool Level, With Some Simple Lessons,’ Says Professor Florence Martin

The digital landscape for children has drastically changed over the past decade, which means it’s more important than ever that children learn how to be digitally safe from a young age, says NC State College of Education Professor of Learning, Design and Technology Florence Martin. 

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Feb 27, 2023

3 Things K-12 Educators Should Know about the Ethics and Use of AI in Education

Professor Shiyan Jiang shares some ways artificial intelligence can be beneficial to educators, as well as the ethical considerations for using the technology. 

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Jan 26, 2023

‘Teach and Model an Open-mindedness to Competing Points of View:’ Associate Professor Paula McAvoy Shares Advice for Discussing Political Issues in the Classroom

Educators often wonder how they can discuss controversial political issues in the classroom or if these issues should even be brought up at all. NC State College of Education Associate Professor Paula McAvoy helped teachers address this question through a recent workshop entitled “Political Neutrality in the Classroom: What is it and Should I Value it?” 

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Oct 27, 2022

‘Intervention Time and Space Should Support Teachers to Become Students of Their Students’: Associate Professor Jessica Hunt Discusses Award-winning Math Intervention Game, Offers Tips for Educators

The way that students experience intervention programs matter, says Associate Professor Jessica Hunt, who believes that an asset-based approach will better position learners through mathematics interventions. 

Maria Coady discusses multilingual education in rural schools

Oct 20, 2022

How Can Educators Help Linguistically Diverse Students in Rural Schools? ‘We Need to Think About the Expectations That We Have For Our Students’ Says Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Equity Maria Coady

No matter where an educator teaches, they are likely to encounter students who are multilingual, but not all educators are equipped with the skills or tools needed to adequately meet the needs of these students. This is particularly true, said Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Equity Maria Coady, in rural areas where resources may be limited. 

NC State College of Education Associate Professor DeLeon Gray helps students on a computer

Sep 8, 2022

WUNC: A researcher’s tips for teachers to foster belonging among students of color

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Aug 26, 2022

Utilizing Phoneme Videos for Phonemic Awareness Practice

With a new school year upon us, many young learners and multilingual learners will be practicing their phonemic awareness skills in earnest. The New Literacies Collaborative at the Friday Institute… 

Educators conduct a lesson as part of the At-Home Learning Initiative

Aug 11, 2022

5 Tips for Increasing Learner Engagement During Educator-Designed Instructional Videos

Editor’s note: This post was authored by Marie Himes, director of the New Literacies Collaborative at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and Jessica Hunt, an associate professor of mathematics…