The core of NCSU’s work is an innovative, collaborative process to improve high schools. Our method consists of four phases: Research, Innovation Design and Development, Implementation, and Scale Up.
Researchers, developers, and practitioners are involved throughout each phase. In the Research and Innovation Design phases of the project, researchers and district teams work together to identify district needs, examine research on those needs, and formulate ideas for an innovation prototype that meets those needs. NCSU gradually phases into Implementation with further development as school design teams engage in multiple cycles of testing the prototype, offering feedback, and refining the prototype. The last phase, Scale Up, focuses on implementing the final prototype in additional schools throughout the district. Each phase culminates in knowledge and products that inform subsequent steps of the project.