FI Updates

MOOCs for Educators Using WestEd Resources

By Glenn Kleiman Would you rather independently work through material at your own pace or have the opportunity to interact in an online, face-to-face, or blended professional learning community? Does a hands-on workshop or an in-depth college course suit you better? Just as differentiated classroom practices help educators meet the needs of diverse students, differentiation […]


Education Leaders Weigh in on Challenges, Potential Solutions, and Next Steps of TEPL

Raleigh, NC. Last year, over 100 education leaders attended the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning (TEPL) Summit hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with Digital Promise, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA). This convening was unique in that the […]


Bringing Competency-Based Education to North Carolina: An Innovative Answer to Some of Education’s Biggest Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2015 Raleigh, N.C. – Competency-based education could transform the lives of North Carolina’s students, but would require a systemic and sustained change in the state’s approach to how students progress through school, according to a new conceptual framework released jointly by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State […]


5 Questions on Digital Learning: About the Future Ready Summit

NC State is hosting the national kickoff of a bold new effort to help school districts make the most of digital learning. The Future Ready Summit Feb. 11-12 at the Friday Institute is helping school districts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia create their own digital learning plans. NC State is partnering with the the Alliance for […]


North Carolina Educators Get Support for Digital Transition

Raleigh, N.C. — On Jan. 8 and 9, over 50 instructional technologists and coaches, mentor teachers, and media coordinators came together at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation for the first event of the yearlong North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaches Network (DLCN): Building Change Agents in Education program. The Friday Institute has collaborated with Project […]


New Coaching Cadre for NC Digital Leaders Announced

As quickly as technology evolves, schools are charged with the responsibility of facilitating this evolution for their students. Many school districts entrust instructional technologists, coaches, and media coordinators with this responsibility, which can seem impossible without networking and support. To better meet the needs of these change agents, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is […]


Summers Awarded 2014 Friday Medal

November 20, 2014 – North Carolina State University honored Muriel Thomas Summers at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Friday Medal presentation on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. 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 education […]


Got Action Plan?

Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed By Lisa Hervey, Ph.D., NBCT In March of 2014, the Friday Institute’s Digital Learning Collaborative launched its inaugural Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) for instructional technology coaches – Cultivating a Culture of Change – “just as surgeons see coaching as vital to improving their craft, […]


Friday Institute Receives Learning Accelerator Grant to Improve Support for Educators

Cupertino, CA – September 25, 2014 – The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a nonprofit organization supporting the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across America, today announced a second round of funding for a human capital cohort that will focus on principal training, teacher professional development platforms, and further implementation of a previously-funded teacher […]


Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched the first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL). The course transpired over 6 weeks, beginning on March 10, 2014. One of the development team’s priority goals […]