Catalyst Grants

The purpose of the Catalyst Grant program is to increase research collaborations among faculty and staff in the College of Education departments and those located at the Friday Institute. A primary objective of this program is to “seed” collaborative research that will lead to further research and support from external granting agencies.

2020-2021 Grant Winners

Trauma Informed Practice Support (TIPS) in Schools and Communities: Collaboration Between Education and Social Work

Angela Wiseman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literacy Education (College of Education); Brittany Miller, Research Associate (Friday Institute); and Qiana Cryer-Coupet, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work (College of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Developing a Framework for Disciplinary, Equity-Oriented Use of Informational Text in Middle School English Language Arts

Chandra Alston, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (College of Education), and Sarah Bausell, Ph.D., Research Associate (Friday Institute)

Examining Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Amidst Unprecedented Times

Callie Edwards, Ph.D., Research Associate (Friday Institute), and Jemilia S. Davis, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives & External Relations (College of Education Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research)

2019-2020 Grant Winners

Multimodal AI Literacy: Supporting the Learning of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Through Multimodal Narrative Creation

Shiyan Jiang, Ph.D., and Bita Akram (Friday Institute)

Digital Durham Program Evaluation: Working Towards a Strategic Plan 

Erin Huggins (Friday Institute) and Laura B. Fogle

Foundations of Media Literacy MOOC-Ed: Providing Professional Learning in the Era of Fake News and Mis-information

Meghan Manfra, Ph.D., and Alex Dreier (Friday Institute)

Refining Survey Tools’ Content, Theory and Presentation

Sara Weiss, Ph.D., (Friday Institute) and Paul Umbach, Ph.D.

A Sense of Awe: A Tool for Enhancing Science Instruction

Gail Jones, Ph.D., (Friday Institute), Sarah Carrier, Ph.D., Cesar Delgado, Ph.D., LaTricia Townsend, Ed.D., (Friday Institute) and Jill Grifenhagen, Ph.D.

Amplifying Youth Voices in University-Community Partnerships: Write. Engage. Lead.

Crystal Lee, Ed.D., and Jose Picart, Ph.D. (Friday Institute)

2018-2019 Grant Winners

  • The Next Generation of Scientists, Science Communicators and Science Educators

Gail Jones, Sarah Carrier, Melanie Smith, Tamecia Jones, Lynn Cross and Sherry Freeman

  • Literacy and Community Engagement Initiative

Crystal Chen and Jose Picart

  • Connecting FACES: Developing and Piloting a Digital Learning Environment for the FACES Program

Jamie Pearson, Mary Ann Wolf and Alex Dreier

  • Developing a Web App Tutoring Tool to Support Decoding and Spelling Instruction

Dennis Davis and Mark Samberg