Dr. Rebekah Davis is a career educator with over twenty years’ experience in K-12 and higher education in North Carolina. She earned a BA in 1995 from Elon University in Middle Grades Education, a master’s degree from NC State in Curriculum and Instruction (2002), and recently obtained a Ph.D. from NCSU’s College of Education in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences with a focus on Learning Design and Technology. Rebekah’s dissertation study focused on the sense of presence experienced by adolescent users of virtual reality. Beyond the “wow factor” of VR, how might educators make sure the technology best impacts students’ learning? While studying for her degree, Rebekah served as the Digital Learning Graduate Assistant in the College of Education’s Media and Education Technology Resource Center (METRC).
As a part of the PEER team with the Friday Institute, Dr. Davis sees an opportunity to continue to serve alongside educators in North Carolina with thorough and thoughtful research and evaluation. The wide reach of technology in today’s formal and informal learning settings provides constant connections to her areas of expertise. Projects to which Rebekah has contributed thus far include PBS North Carolina’s At Home Learning Initiative, Durham Public Schools’ survey reporting, The Broadband Infrastructure Office’s Homework Gap Hotspot initiative and the NC New Teacher Support Program evaluation.
2022-2023 Catalyst Grant Winners Announced
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the NC State College of Education have awarded three Catalyst Grants that are designed to increase research collaborations between faculty and staff at both entities and seed collaborative, high-impact research that will lead to further inquiry and support.
Friday Institute Team to Increase Access to Computing Education for North Carolina’s Elementary Students with Department of Education Grant
A new one-year, $349,286 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow a team at the Friday Institute to create and develop a sustainable community of elementary teachers to support ongoing integration of computer science (CS) concepts into core content areas.
Friday Institute Team Providing Professional Development and Evaluation Support for the NCDPI Innovative Assessment System Pilot Program
Researchers from the Friday Institute are supporting the development of a through-grade assessment system the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is piloting, the North Carolina Personalized Assessment Tool (NCPAT).