Erin Huggins is a Research Associate on the Friday Institute Research and Evaluation (FIRE) Team. Mrs. Huggins has over fifteen years of experience in the field of education as a special education teacher, a graduate research assistant in NC State’s College of Education, and an educational researcher and evaluator for the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. She is currently working to complete her PhD in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and a minor in Educational Psychology at NC State University and holds a Masters degree in Special Education.
Mrs. Huggins has extensive evaluation experience working with K-12 schools and districts, institutes of higher education, state-level organization, and nonprofit organizations. Recent evaluation projects include work with Durham Public Schools; The Broadband Infrastructure Office’s Homework Gap Hotspot initiative and ARC Telehealth Grant; PBS North Carolina’s CPB/Kirby Grant, At-Home Learning Initiative, Kenan Rootle Ambassador Grant, and the Glaxosmithkline Science Grant; NC New Teacher Support Program; Digital Durham; DPI’s School Business System Modernization Initiative; Wake Tech’s IMLS Homework Gap Grant; and NC Charter Charter Schools’ NC ACCESS Grant.
Her research interests focus on digital equity, new teacher support, teacher efficacy and motivation, and improving educational opportunities in rural and underserved communities. She has presented, at national conferences, to state-level stakeholders, and to media outlets about the digital divide in North Carolina, and she is a member of several digital inclusion groups at the state and national levels.
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...
Catalyst Grant Symposium Highlights Research Impacts on Students, Educators
Six research teams presented their work Oct. 1 during the virtual 2020 Catalyst Grant Research Symposium hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in collaboration with the NC State College of Education.
THE Journal: Closing the Digital Divide
Based on her work on the homework gap, Friday Institute Research Associate Erin Huggins offers tips to address the digital divide and help students get the technology they need for internet access.