Project I4

Principal Investigators

Matt Militello


The grant is led by primary investigator Matt Militello, the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor for ECU’s Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education. Militello is joined by co-investigators Len Annetta and Charity Cayton with the College of Education’s Department of Mathematics Education, Science Education and Instructional Technology.

The grant has partnered with the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC — IEL works with under-resourced communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for postsecondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic and community engagement. We are also working with the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services who have a school wide leadership feedback process that will benefit our participants. Finally, we are working very closely with our very own North Carolina-based SparkPlug Games to develop a virtual reality platform.

Project Goals/Significant Results & Impact

Cohorts of school leaders will engage in a professional learning experience in-person and on-line with coaching and virtual reality supports.Project I4 uses innovation and inquiry with the intention of iteratively and exponentially impacting equitable math and science results in these ways.

  1. utilize evidence-based observation practices in math and science classrooms;
  2. revitalizing principal conversations with teachers about improving instructional practices;
  3. re-imagining useful professional learning experiences for teachers.

For More Information

Project I4 – Overview


$9.7 million grant