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The College of Education’s projects support our mission to be a voice of innovation for learning across the lifespan. While research topics are wide-ranging, most focus on educational innovation and 21st century teaching and learning. Faculty collaborate across campus, the nation and globally to advance education through interdisciplinary projects.

Our sponsors include the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Aerospace/NASA, US Department of Education, NC Department of Public Instruction, GoldenLEAF Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome and Qualcomm.

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Title: Coaching Support for Remote Learning

Project Team: PI- Patricia Hilliard 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $59,856

Title: IPA Assignment Tailored Approaches to Reduce Distress and Improve Self-Management for Veterans with Diabetes (TARDIS)

Project Team: PI-Susan Barcinas 

Sponsor: US Department of Veterans Affairs

Project Total: $9,989

Title: NNCI: North Carolina Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)

Project Team: PI- Jacob Jones (Eng)  David Berube (Communication)  Ayman Hawari (Eng)  Gail Jones 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $5,500,000

Title: Enhancing Undergraduate Learning About Biomechanics and Data Science Through Augmented Reality and Self-motion Data

Project Team: PI- Xu Xu (Eng)  Co-PI-Shiyan Jiang  Xiaolei Fang (Eng)  Karen Chen (Eng)  Tianfu Wu (Eng) 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $600,000

Title: EAA AeroEducate Activity Development Proposal

Project Team: PI-Kevin Sutton 

Sponsor: Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

Project Total: $174,994

Title: A Longitudinal Examination of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) in North Carolina Public Schools

Project Team: PI-Edward Sabornie  Co-PI-Cathy Crossland  Emily Griffith (COS) 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $136,651

Title: Supporting Elementary Teacher Learning for Effective School-Based Citizen Science (TL4CS)

Project Team: PI-Sarah Carrier 

Sponsor: Horizon Research/NSF

Project Total: $467,282

Title: Code.org Regional Partner K-12 Program

Project Team: PI-Dave Frye 

Sponsor: Code.org

Project Total: $171,600

Title: Supporting Reading Comprehension for English Learners Through Inquiry-Based, Language Focused Instruction

Project Team: PI-Dennis Davis  Co-PI-Jackie Eunjung Relyea 

Sponsor: US Department of Education

Project Total: $1,398,946

Title: AccelNet: International Collaboration to Accelerate Integration of Engineering, Plant Sciences, and Agricultural Research

Project Team: PI- Rosangela Sozzani (CALS)  Juan Cisneros (CALS)  Amy Grunden (CALS)  Cranos Williams (Eng)  Terry Long (CALS)  Shaun Kellogg 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $749,441

Title: At Home Learning Initiative Phase III

Project Team: PI-Shaun Kellogg  Co-PI-Hiller Spires  Co-PI-Marie Himes  Co-PI-Jessica Hunt  Erin Huggins 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $369,512

Title: Cognitive Labs, Focus Groups and Professional Development for the Innovative Assessment Pilot

Project Team: PI-Shaun Kellogg   

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $281,849

Title: Updating the North Carolina STEM Education Strategic Plan

Project Team: PI-Shaun Kellogg  Co-PI-Malinda Faber 

Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Project Total: $25,000

Title: Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research Institute

Project Team: PI-Shaun Kellogg  Co-PI-Shiyan Jiang  Co-PI-Hollylynne Lee  Mark Samberg 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $993,150

Title: NC Digital Learning Initiative: Combined FI

Project Team: PI-Shaun Kellogg  Co-PI-Emmy Coleman 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $271,309

Title: The Role of Education in Climate Change Adaptation

Project Team: PI-K.C. Busch 

Sponsor: Spencer Foundation

Project Total: $49,850

Title: Broadband Data Collection & Analysis (WO#8)

Project Team: PI-Ray Zeisz 

Sponsor: NC Department of Information Technology Services

Project Total: $145,000

Title: School Connectivity Initiative (2020-2023)

Project Team: PI-Ray Zeisz 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $850,500

Title: Developing STEM Identity in Rural Audiences through Community-based Engineering Design

Project Team: PI- Tameshia Ballard (Eng)  Braska Williams 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $1,401,591

Title: Artificial Intelligence Academy: North Carolina Apprenticeships for Innovation (NCAI)

Project Team: PI-Carla Johnson 

Sponsor: US Department of Labor

Project Total: $5,999,799

Title: Fostering Deeper Learning Pilot

Project Team: PI-Sarah Cannon  Co-PI-Erin Horne 

Sponsor: Stanford University/William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Project Total: $10,000

Title: NC State University’s NC Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP/TP3) Grants Renewal Application

Project Team: PI-Bonnie Fusarelli  Co-PI-Lance Fusarelli  Co-PI-Lesley Wirt 

Sponsor: UNC-General Administration/NC Principal Fellows Commission

Project Total: $2,369,767

Title: NC State University’s Leadership Academies

Project Team: PI-Bonnie Fusarelli  Co-PI-Lance Fusarelli  Co-PI-Lesley Wirt 

Sponsor: UNC-General Administration/NC Principal Fellows Commission

Project Total: $3,749,887

Title: Belonging-Centered Instruction: An Approach to Establishing Inclusive Mathematics Classrooms

Project Team: PI-DeLeon Gray 

Sponsor: Montclair State University/Mindset Scholars Network

Project Total: $31,533

Title: Building Capacity for Regional Collective Evaluation across North Carolina Science Museums

Project Team: PI-K.C. Busch  Kathryn Stevenson (CNR)  Lincoln Larson (CNR) 

Sponsor: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources/Institute of Museum & Library Services

Project Total: $356,750

Title: Measuring the Impact of the Deliberative Discussion Model

Project Team: PI-Paula McAvoy 

Sponsor: Street Law, Inc.

Project Total: $92,606

Title: Professional Online Learning Module (PLOM) Project

Project Team: Co-PI-Hiller Spires  Co-PI-Mark Samberg  Co-PI-Jessica Hunt  Janet Walton  Mary Ann Wolf  Meghan Day 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Education/IES

Project Total: $934,215

Title: Literacy Leaders Partnership

Project Team: PI-Dennis Davis 

Sponsor: Mebane Charitable Foundation

Project Total: $575,183

Title: Programmed Robotics in the After-School Makerspace: A Four-County Initiative

Project Team: PI-Kevin Oliver  Co-PI-Parks Newby  Regina Barrier (The Science House) 

Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Project Total: $177,468

Title: Supporting Students’ Science Content Knowledge through Project-Based Inquiry (PBI)

Project Team: PI-Hiller Spires  Co-PI-Erin Krupa 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $449,081

Title: Invigorating Statistics Teacher Education Through Professional Online Learning (InSTEP)

Project Team: PI-Hollylynne Lee  Co-PI-Gemma Mojica  Co-PI-Alex Dreier 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $2,852,626

Title: Collaborative Research: Validity Evidence for Measurement in Mathematics Education (VM2Ed)

Project Team: PI-Erin Krupa 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $1,390,727

Title: Validation of the Equity and Access Rubrics for Mathematics Instruction (VEAR-MI)

Project Team: PI-Jonee Wilson  Co-PI-Temple Walkowiak 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $2,296,493

Title: RET Site: Atomic Scale Design and Engineering

Project Team: PI- Jacob Jones (Eng)  Co-PI-Gail Jones 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $600,000

Title: AEOP Consortium Evaluation

Project Team: PI-Carla Johnson 

Sponsor: Battelle Memorial Institute

Project Total: $4,127,517

Title: Indiana’s GEAR UP Program

Project Team: PI-Carla Johnson 

Sponsor: Purdue University/US Department of Education

Project Total: $394,450

Title: Changing Teaching Practice: Integrating the C3 Framework through Action Research

Project Team: PI-Meghan Manfra  Co-PI-John K. Lee 

Sponsor: Spencer Foundation

Project Total: $49,884

Title: ADVANCE Adaptation: Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM)

Project Team: PI-Shaun Kellogg 

Sponsor: UNC-Chapel Hill/NSF

Project Total: $90,739

Title: IRAPID: Informal Learning about Urban Ecology through Community-Engaged Research as a Pathway to Persistence for Disaster-Impacted Students

Project Team: PI- Madhusudan Katti (CNR-Forest and Environmental Resources)  Co-PI-Deniz Eseryel  Kelly Mulvey (CHASS)  Darby Orcutt (NCSU Libraries) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $199,721

Title: NC State Improvement Project IHE Partnership

Project Team: PI-Jamie Pearson 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction/US Dept. of Education

Project Total: $10,000

Title: zSpace

Project Team: PI-Gail Jones 

Sponsor: Vance County Public Schools

Project Total: $22,899

Title: Science Data Stories: Integrating Computational Data Investigations in Middle School Science Classrooms

Project Team: PI-Hollylynne Lee 

Sponsor: University of California - Berkeley / National Science Foundation

Project Total: $280,017

Title: North Carolina High School Mathematics Master Teacher Fellows

Project Team: PI-Karen Hollebrands  Co-PI-Erin Krupa  Co-PI-Shaun Kellogg  Molly Fenn (COS-Mathematics) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,844,149

Title: Bridging Gaps in Postsecondary Research: ECMC Postsecondary CTE Fellows

Project Team: PI-James Bartlett  Co-PI-Audrey J. Jaeger  Co-PI-Michelle Bartlett  Reynaldo Garcia 

Sponsor: ECMC Foundation

Project Total: $2,034,053

Title: Enhancing STEM Identity through eMentoring Experiences

Project Team: PI-Cameron Denson  Co-PI-Adria Shipp Dunbar  Co-PI-Deniz Eseryel  Braska Williams  Angelitha Daniel (Engineering) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,199,814

Title: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Education Program in Animal Production from Renewable Forest Resources

Project Team: PI- Sunkyu Park (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Co-PI-Meg Blanchard  Richard Venditti (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Yuan Yao (CNR-Biomaterials)  Sung Kim (CALS-Animal Science)  Miles See (CALS-Animal Science)  Max Coffey (CALS-Animal Science) 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Total: $238,500

Title: Developing Expertise in Risk Analysis and Risk Management for the Bioeconomy

Project Team: PI- Ronalds Gonzalez (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Co-PI-Meg Blanchard  Stephen Kelley (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Robert Handfiled (Business Management)  Robert Abt (CNR-Forestry and Environmental Resources)  Lucian Lucia (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Hasan Jameel (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Jeffrey Stonebraker (Business Management) 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Total: $238,500

Title: Building Capacity of Educators, Schools, and Districts to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Project Team: PI-Mary Ann Wolf 

Sponsor: Sponsor: Oak Foundation

Project Total: $949,283

Title: Collaborative Research: Developing a Systemic, Scalable Model to Broaden Participation in Middle School Computer Science

Project Team: PI-Eric Wiebe  Co-PI-Dave Frye  Co-PI-Sherry Booth  Tiffany Barns (Eng) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $497,176

Title: Collaborative Research: Preparing to Teach Mathematics with Technology – Examining Student Practice [PTMT-ESP]

Project Team: PI-Hollylynne Lee 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $438,365

Title: Preservice Educators Reimagining Core Experiences in Physics Teaching

Project Team: PI-James Minogue 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $733,392

Title: The Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program Wyoming

Project Team: PI-Mary Ann Wolf  Co-PI-Theresa Gibson 

Sponsor: Wyoming Department of Education (WDE)

Project Total: $40,058

Title: A Learning Environment to Support Comprehension Monitoring with Informational Science Text

Project Team: PI-John Nietfeld  Marc Russo (COD)  Sr Personnel: James Minogue 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $​1,469,395

Title: Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership

Project Team: PI-Audrey J. Jaeger  Co-PI-Diane Chapman  Co-PI-James Bartlett  Rey Garcia  Robert Templin 

Sponsor: John M. Belk Endowment

Project Total: $​10,863,040

Title: ​Teaching for the Long Haul: Professionalizing Career Pathways for North Carolina Teachers

Project Team: PI- Callie Edwards Womble 

Sponsor: Belk Foundation

Project Total: $99,894

Title: Multimodal Visitor Analytics: Investigating Naturalistic Engagement with Interactive Tabletop Science Exhibits

Project Team: PI- ​James Lester (Eng)  Co-PI-James Minogue 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $ ​1,951,956

Title: ​Environmental Health Research Experiences for Teachers in High-Poverty Schools: A Professional Development Program

Project Team: PI-Margareta M. Thomson  Reade Roberts (COS) 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Project Total: $​497,530

Title: Sustaining STEM Career Clubs in Rural North Carolina

Project Team: PI-Meg Blanchard  Co-PI-Braska Williams 

Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Project Total: $​179,061

Title: Evaluation of Teacher Compensation Models and Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot

Project Team: PI- Callie Edwards Womble 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $​200,000

Title: Building Capacity for Computational Thinking

Project Team: PI-Mary Ann Wolf 

Sponsor: Wake County Public School System

Project Total: $​54,844

Title: Collaborative Research: Fostering Collaborative Computer Science Learning with Intelligent Virtual Companions for Upper Elementary Students

Project Team: PI-Eric Wiebe  Collin Lynch (​ENG-​Computer Science) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $​1,399,088

Title: Recalibrating Student Learning in Introductory Geoscience Courses Through the Use of A Web-Based Assessment Tool

Project Team: PI- David McConnell (COS)  Co-PI-John Nietfeld 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $​299,995

Title: Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry

Project Team: PI- ​Richard Venditti (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Co-PI-Meg Blanchard  Stephen Kelley (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Ronalds Gonzalez (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Elizabeth Nichols (CNR-Forestry and Environmental Resources)  Sunkyu Park (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Hasan Jameel (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Yuan Yao (CNR-Forest Biomaterials) 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Total: $​2,750,000

Title: ​Perquimans County Schools – North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI)

Project Team: PI-Emmy Coleman 

Sponsor: ​Perquimans County Public Schools/Golden Leaf Foundation

Project Total: $​33,795

Title: ​Vance County Schools – North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI)

Project Team: PI-Emmy Coleman 

Sponsor: ​Vance County Public Schools/Golden Leaf Foundation

Project Total: $​165,137

Title: Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Graduate Program

Project Team: PI- Robert Rose (CALS-Biochemistry)  Co-PI-Tamara Young 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $​999,907

Title: ​CAREER: Fraction Activities and Assessments for Conceptual Teaching (FAACT) for Students with Learning Disabilities

Project Team: PI-Jessica Hunt 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $411,877

Title: NC State University’s Principal Preparation Redesign: Creating Excellent Leaders, Effective Schools, and Enriched Communities

Project Team: PI-Tim Drake  Co-PI-Lance Fusarelli  Co-PI-Anna Egalite  Co-PI-Lisa Bass  Co-PI-Bonnie Fusarelli 

Sponsor: The Wallace Foundation​

Project Total: $5,144,888

Description: The Wallace Foundation<http://www.wallacefoundation.org/> selected NC State to participate in a national $47-million initiative to develop models over four years for improving university principal preparation programs and to examine state policy to see if it could be strengthened to encourage higher-quality training statewide. An independent study, to be conducted by Rand,... Read More

Title: GAPS (Geospatial Analytics for Problem Solving) for Hi-Tech Teens

Project Team: PI- Eric Money (Center for Earth Observation-CNR.)  Co-PI-Soonhye Park   

Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Project Total: $175,006

Description: The GAPS (Geospatial Applications for Problem Solving) for Hi-Tech Teens program is a collaborative effort between NC State University, Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL), and RTI International. The program is designed to introduce high school students to Geospatial science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and advanced geovisualization technologies through an intensive... Read More

Title: Promoting STEM Interests and Careers through FAME (Families and Museums Exploring)

Project Team: PI-Gail Jones 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $956,574

Description: The goal of the 3-year project is to research and test a new model to promote the development of positive attitudes toward STEM and to increase interest in STEM careers with a focus on underserved students and their families.  The project is a partnership with Marbles Museum, the Morehead Planetarium and... Read More

Title: Collaborative Research: PRIME: Engaging STEM Undergraduate Students in Computer Science with Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Project Team: PI- James Lester (Eng)  Co-PI-Eric Wiebe 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,499,828

Description: Colleges and universities around the country are faced with a pressing question: How can we introduce computing in undergraduate STEM education in a way that successfully supports both skill development and motivation for a broad population of students? The PRIME project will address this question by developing and evaluating an... Read More

Title: Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education with E­Modules [ESTEEM]

Project Team: PI-Hollylynne Lee 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,500,000

Description: In partnership with Eastern Michigan, Southern Indiana, and Concord Consortium, the ESTEEM project focuses on a multifaceted problem in STEM learning: a) preservice secondary mathematics teachers [PSMTs] are underprepared to teach statistical content in 6-12 curricula; b) technologies to engage in rich data analysis and statistics investigations are difficult to... Read More

Title: Developmentally Appropriate Strategies for Targeting EarlyAdolescents’ Motivation in STEM

Project Team: PI-DeLeon Gray  Co-PI-Lauren Bryant  Co-PI-Braska Williams  Mary Ann Wolf 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,011,821

Description: The overarching goal of the 3-year project is to develop a coherent set of instructional practices for teachers and community stakeholders that target motivational needs specific to economically disadvantaged adolescents in predominantly African American middle schools in Durham, NC. This project is distinctive in that this work will help teachers,... Read More

Title: The Impact of the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program on Student Achievement

Project Team: PI-Anna Egalite 

Sponsor: John William Pope Foundation

Project Total: $150,000

Title: Preparing Teachers for Cultural Connections, Collections, and Reflections through Technology

Project Team: PI-Kevin Oliver  Co-PI-Ruie Pritchard 

Sponsor: Triangle Community Foundation

Project Total: $279,904

Description: This project prepares teachers to adopt technology-enabled strategies for: 1) connecting with other cultures through global collaborative projects, 2) crowd curating cultural media collections, and 3) reflecting on cultural understanding through written and multimodal works. Finnish culture will serve as the focus for this work, with fifteen teachers selected in... Read More

Title: Collaborative Research: EFRI-REM Mentoring Catalyst Initiative

Project Team: PI- Christine Grant (Engineering) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $164,890

Title: Evaluation For Actionable Change: A Data-Driven Approach

Project Team: PI-Paola Sztajn   

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $799,837

Title: Impact 2020: Supporting Sustainable Impact in Higher Education

Project Team: PI-Alyssa Rockenbach 

Sponsor: Interfaith Youth Core

Project Total: $1,551,469

Title: Suzhou North America High School: Connecting to the Future

Project Team: PI-Hiller Spires 

Sponsor: Wuzhong Group

Project Total: $3,377,539

Title: NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)

Project Team: PI- Veena Misra (Eng)    Meghan Manfra   

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $29,198,223