How can academic researchers assist the NC Department of Public Instruction with mitigating the impacts of the pandemic on students across North Carolina, which have critical implications for the State’s future workforce and economy?

Project ended: October 13, 2022
Department or Agency: NC Department of Public Instruction

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Project Overview


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Collaboratory partnered to allocate $6.73 million into 20 research efforts that explore the impact of COVID-19 on student learning in North Carolina. The projects are:

  • Enrollment of Nontraditional Culturally and Linguistically Undergraduates for Diversity and Equity at Historically Minority-Serving Institutions in School Mental Health Professions 
  • Effective World Language Teaching Strategies: Lessons from a Global Pandemic 
  • Assessing the Impact of COVID on the Applications to and Enrollment in UNC System Institutions 
  • Leading Workforce Effectiveness: Inhibiting and Supporting Factors 
  • The Impact of COVID on North Carolina Students’ Postsecondary Trajectories 
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and Patterns of Post-Secondary Enrollment in NC 
  • Factors Driving School Choice in North Carolina During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
  • Teacher Attrition, Health and Well-Being: Exploring the mismatch between teacher preparation (and teacher expectations) and district realities during Covid-19 
  • Mitigating Educator Workforce Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic Through Coaching 
  • Preventing Teacher Burnout: Supporting Teachers to Help Students (And Teachers) Thrive During the Pandemic and Beyond 
  • Strategies and Innovations for Multilingual Learner Success 
  • Keeping Students Safe in the Digital World: Examining Monitoring Technologies Used by K-12 Schools During the Pandemic 
  • Implementation and Impact Evaluation of ESSER III funded supports for educators in North Carolina’s recurring low-performing schools and districts 
  • EC Collaboratory: Collaborating with School Partners to Identify Evidence-based Practices for Learners with Extensive Support Needs during School Closures 
  • A Comprehensive Evaluation of North Carolina’s Supplemental Salary Fund 
  • High Dosage Tutoring to Support Pandemic Learning Recovery and School Improvement in Union County 
  • Mitigating COVID-19 Impact: Implementing Community School Framework in Rural Schools 
  • Project READS NC (Reading Evaluation Across Diverse Stakeholders in North Carolina) 
  • Fayetteville State University (UNCFSU) Bronco Expansion Enrichment program 
  • Pandemic Priorities: An Analysis of ESSER Budgeting Across North Carolina


  • The NC Department of Public Instruction’s press release specifies project details.

Planned use of results

Results of these research partnerships have guided evidence-based decisions for combating the impacts of lost instructional time for students affected by COVID-19.


The COVID-19 Learning Impact Program 2022 is supported by a $6 million appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly to monitor, assess, and address the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 across the State. Institutions of higher education in North Carolina will be able to request a minimum of $150,000 and a maximum of $500,000 using tiers listed in the application instructions. (Estimated number of awards will depend on application budgets received.)


The NC Office of Strategic Partnerships, agency partners, and research partners work together to assess what data would advance a project, whether the data is already collected and available, and/or whether and how to collect share it.

The project is complete.

We’re eager to learn how you use the results and welcome any questions.

Project point of contact

North Carolina Collaboratory

Project Team

North Carolina Collaboratory

NC Department of Public Instruction

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