FI Updates

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 […]


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 […]