FI Updates

Consider It Mapped: How mapmaker Emily Antoszyk sees our world

This article was originally posted on EducationNC February 22, 2016 | Audrey White We are living in an increasingly visual society. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram show our desire for information that is fast, visually appealing, and easy to digest. Now, many researchers and practitioners are taking the concepts demonstrated in social media and […]


Seven Lessons Learned from Implementing Micro-Credentials

New Report Offers Insight into a New Wave of Personalized Professional Development for Educators A new wave of personalized, competency-based professional development resources are providing a way for teachers to earn recognition for the skills they acquire through formal and informal learning opportunities, according to a report from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at […]


The Friday Institute Announces Spring 2016 MOOCs to Support Personalized Professional Learning for Educators

Registration is now open for four new courses to begin February 1st RALEIGH, NC — The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education has announced four new opportunities for free online educator professional development this Spring through their Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) project. MOOC-Ed courses are self-directed, […]


Former WV Gov. Bob Wise Honored at 2015 Friday Medal Ceremony

Raleigh, North Carolina — North Carolina State University honored former governor of West Virginia Bob Wise at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Friday Medal presentation this week. The Friday Medal is awarded annually in honor of William C. Friday to recognize significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing […]


Picart Honored at West Point

October 21, 2015  |  Kylie Cafiero One of NC State’s most experienced and accomplished academic leaders has been honored by the United States Military Academy at West Point for 28 years of service as an educator, senior administrator and scientist. At a dinner in his honor, education professor Jose Picart, a senior faculty fellow at […]


Literacy Expert Pushes ‘Play’ on Educational Games

September 29, 2015  |  D’Lyn Ford Are computer games for learning or just for fun? That’s the question Hiller Spires, NC State professor of literacy and technology, tackles in a commentary for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Spires says while we may not think of them as texts, computer games use multiple modes […]


Rebooting the Classroom

NC State is helping educators make smart use of technology as students explore new ways of learning. By Kristin Collins for NC State magazine Elizabeth Kinlaw’s fourth-grade class is a long way from the dated image of students sitting at neat rows of desks, hands politely raised while a teacher stands in front of a blackboard. In […]


Synergy of Thoughts: Bringing Together Multiple Voices in Professional Learning

By Theresa Gibson As educators we strive to do what is best for our students each and every day. We evaluate ourselves, reflect on practice, and tweak or even revolutionize our instruction in a cycle of continuous improvement. We re-live moments in our classroom, pondering different ways we might have approached a lesson or reciting […]


Breaking New Ground in Suzhou, China

New High School Blends Best of American & Chinese Education for Innovative Education Model When Dr. Hiller Spires participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Suzhou North America (SNA) High School in Suzhou, China, she built a bridge connecting North Carolina to China that will allow future students from both countries to learn in new […]


Making it Personal: Case study reveals how one school is succeeding with personalized learning

Troy Moore, principal of Hawk Ridge Elementary School in Charlotte, NC, does not have his own office. It is not that he cannot have one, he has simply chosen to create a culture in which he has a constant presence in the school and classrooms to lead and support personalized learning. At Hawk Ridge, students […]