Dr. Paula Crawford

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Paula Crawford's background in education spans 30 years with experience providing instructional programming for students Kindergarten through adult. She has served as an adjunct assistant professor for several NC Institutions of Higher Education and taught over a dozen different course topics in the field of Special Education teacher preparation and Adult and Higher Education. As the Project Director for the NC State Improvement Project (NC SIP), which currently partners with 71 Local Education Agencies, four Institutions of Higher Education and the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center, she provides the leadership to build North Carolina's capacity for improving student outcomes through support of educators' professional learning in the areas of evidence-based reading and math instruction, adolescent literacy, co-teaching and coaching. Her previous service in the field of education includes work in Wake Co. Public Schools in Special Education Programs and Human Resources Beginning Teacher Support Programs.

Dr. Crawford earned an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, as well as her Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from North Carolina State University. 

Research Interests

 - Strategic program planning, needs assessment, instructional design, high-quality instruction, fidelity of initiatives implementation, building local capacity and sustainability, and evaluation

 - Adult learning and professional development equity and access, coaching and mentoring, teacher and administrator preparation, recruitment andretention

 - Development of teaching expertise, communities of professional practice, and cohesive teams

 - Data analysis, usability testing, continuous improvement cycles. 


Crawford, P. H.  2003. Exploring the Development of Teaching Expertise:  Novice and Expert Teachers' Reflections upon Professional Development.