The Friday Institute Research and Evaluation (FIRE) Team conducts evidence-based studies with a commitment to mixed research methods that employ the most up-to-date tools and techniques. A key component of the FIRE Team’s approach to research and evaluation is its strong network of relationships with local, state, and national education leaders, stakeholders, and policymakers.
Since 2009, the FIRE team has effectively carried out $15,000,000 in research and evaluation grants and contracts, with past funders including local foundations (e.g., Golden LEAF, Walton Family, Belk), state government (e.g., NC Department of Public Instruction), and national agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences).
To support early and mid-career STEM education researchers in building their learning analytics capacity, staff and faculty at the Friday Institute and the NC State College of Education are establishing the Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research (LASER) Institute.
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.
Because of a new NSF grant, MSEN will expand its program into Edgecombe County Public Schools to address the lack of STEM access for middle school students in the district.