Research and Innovation in story

UNCG’s School of Education is a hub of research and innovation in education and related fields, and our students and community partners engage with, and benefit from, these practices on a daily basis.

Members of our faculty are world-class leaders in their disciplines, working to develop important solutions to the most pressing issues facing education. Each year, they lead dozens of research projects yielding influential results that impact practice and garner millions of dollars in support from federal and state granting agencies. The expertise of our faculty is recognized across the nation, as is reflected by the numerous key advisory roles on which they serve for state and federal agencies of education and health services.

What is most special about the SOE is that we connect the advances made through our research and innovation directly back to teaching and learning in the classroom and the community. Students are able to learn from leading experts in their respective fields, and work side-by-side with them on a host of funded grants and scholarly projects, that generate novel ideas and bring innovation to life.

Numerous examples of this connection of research and innovation to student learning exist in the SOE. Many of our students have the opportunity to engage with the SELF Design Studio, a makerspace where they are trained to use innovation and technology to enhance learning. Other students work with the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC), which is an innovative and collaborative environment where they can work on scholarly and community projects that address issues of equity in diverse communities.  Additionally, some students are involved with other faculty-led projects bringing best practices in teaching, leadership, and service delivery to local schools and community organizations.

Organizations in our region and across the nation engage with the research and innovation conducted in the SOE. Our staff and faculty work with local partners to facilitate the translation of their findings to applied practice. A recent example of this is the Transforming Teaching through Technology grant, which has allowed the SOE to assist seven schools in Guilford and Forsyth counties in preparing teachers to teach all students, regardless of individual learning needs and socioeconomic status, to use technology to learn, to problem solve, and to create.

Students thrive in the SOE, where their learning is infused with advances stemming from cutting-edge research led by faculty. Upon graduation, they are prepared to be highly successful in their chosen profession and enhance the impact they are able to have within their careers.