FI Updates

In Memory of Bob Tinker

By Dr. Glenn Kleiman   Robert “Bob” Tinker, a brilliant, creative educator who received the 2013 Friday Medal for Educational Innovation for his many contributions, passed away yesterday. Our condolences to his wife, Barbara, who was his life partner for 50+ years of good works going back to their contributions to the civil rights movement, […]


2017 Friday Medalists Announced

Seven Innovative Superintendents of Rural North Carolina School Districts to Receive 2017 Friday Medal The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education is pleased to announce that this year we are honoring Innovative Superintendents of North Carolina Rural Districts with the 2017 Friday Medal. In collaboration with the NC School Superintendents Association […]


Shifting Scientific Identities

Raleigh, NC – A small group of educators from diverse subject area backgrounds are embracing a newfound identity: they are calling themselves scientists. Following their participation in the Students Discover teacher-scientist partnership last summer, a math teacher, an art teacher, a science teacher and math/science teacher have shifted their perspectives on what it means to be […]


The Friday Institute Launches New Series of Papers with Lessons and Recommendations for Educational Leaders

Raleigh, NC — March 14, 2017 — Today, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in the College of Education at NC State University launched the first in a series of papers that present lessons learned and practical recommendations for educational leaders. These short, useful papers include focused direction on topics such as metacognition and social […]


2016 Friday Medal Honors Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr.

  Raleigh, North Carolina — North Carolina State University honored former Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr. at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Friday Medal presentation on Nov. 14. The Friday Medal is awarded annually in honor of Bill and Ida Friday to recognize significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education. “We are […]


Coaching the Coaches, with a “Magical” Twist

The eighth annual Coaching Digital Learning Institute (CDLI), organized by the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) team, in partnership with the Golden LEAF Foundation, was unique: the facilitators leading the capacity building sessions and hands on learning activities were all volunteers who have previously attended past CDLI events or other Friday Institute capacity building […]


New MOOC-Ed on Teaching Mathematics with Technology

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University has introduced a new course into its Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) catalog for Fall 2016: Teaching Mathematics with Technology. Technology is an essential component of today’s workplace and is a ubiquitous component of our society. When integrated effectively, technology can be an […]


Discussing Digital Equity in NC Schools

The NC Digital Learning Plan provided a sound basis for planning the State’s transition to digital age learning. It suggests that in order to fully transition, students and teachers need reliable and consistent access to digital resources – providing equity of access across all districts and charter schools, small and large, rural and urban, economically […]


Where Math and Technology Meet

Equipping teachers with the right classroom tools goes a long way in helping students succeed in mathematics. For more than a decade, Preparing to Teach Mathematics with Technology (PTMT) has helped teachers integrate the latest technology in their lessons to better engage students. Karen Hollebrands, Hollylynne Lee and Allison McCulloch, all professors in the Science, […]


Meet Kenya Shakir, Raleigh College Center Coordinator

By Elizabeth A. Thompson The fall college semester is right around the corner. Many anxious, excited families will soon load vehicles with necessities and mementos from home as eager young people meet roommates, explore bustling campuses, and establish new daily rhythms and routines. Of course, each individual’s experience is unique, but many people who have […]