FI Updates

Incorporating ‘Unseen Worlds’ Into Wake County Classrooms

November 15, 2013 – On Wednesday, Nov. 13, over 50 Wake County teachers put on their 3D glasses and delved into the invisible universe for a viewing of National Geographic Entertainment’s Mysteries of the Unseen World at Marbles Kids Museum. Mysteries of the Unseen World is a scientific documentary that uses high-speed and time-lapse photography, […]


DLC’s Technology Leader Institute helps 14 NC districts update their tech-toolboxes

October 25, 2013 – Rather than locking tablets and smart phones away during the school day, the Friday Institute’s Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC) encourages educators to use technology to support student-centered learning and teaching. On Oct. 15-16, over 100 technology leaders from 14 North Carolina Golden Leaf funded schools and districts attended the DLC’s fifth […]


Google Gifts MOOC-Ed Team $20K, MOOC-Ed Researcher Awarded $25K by MRI

October 8, 2013 – As the Digital Learning Transition (DLT) and Mathematics Learning Trajectories (MLT) Massive Online Open Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) enter their fall sessions, planning is underway for the future of MOOC-Eds as research expands and interest grows. The Friday Institute’s MOOC-Ed project was recently given a $20,000 gift from Google to further […]


NC State Wins $4.7 Million Grant to Expand NELA

October 4, 2013 – North Carolina State University will use a $4.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its efforts to train principals and assistant principals for hard-to-staff school districts in the northeastern region of the state. Thirteen districts will benefit from an expanded North East Leadership Academy (NELA), which offers specialized instruction […]


NC State Lands $7.3M ‘Citizen Science’ Grant to Boost Research in Schools

September 18, 2013 – North Carolina State University is taking the lead on a five-year, $7.3 million “citizen science” initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the program is to give science teachers and students the opportunity to engage in meaningful scientific research while improving the educational success of both teachers […]


Two MOOCs for Educators from the Friday Institute Offered This Fall

September 12, 2013 – The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our next two Massive Online Open Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds). The Planning for the K-12 Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed, offered in collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Project 24 will begin […]


Chinese Students Visit NC State for Day of Cultural Exchange

August 8, 2013 – Over 100 students from Beijing, China visited NC State University to work with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s New Literacies Collaborative (NLC). It marks the first time the NLC has had the opportunity to work with the public school students from China. For the past four years, Dr. Hiller Spires, […]


On a Mission to Make Students Digitally Literate

August 2, 2013 – Professional development can assist teachers and students in developing new digital and media literacy skills needed for the knowledge economy and technology-intensive jobs. The Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative helped facilitate the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy at the University of Rhode Island (URI) this summer to do just that—help students […]


K-12 Outreach Efforts In Step With NC State

July 31, 2013 — North Carolina State University was recently named the top land-grant and ranked number seven overall among public, national colleges and universities in granting the largest percentage of bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has several programs that help lead students on that same STEM […]


Helping Teachers Build a Math Course Through Engineering Concepts

Dr. Karen Keene works on teaching mathematics using engineering principles with a group of teachers who attended the MINDSET summer workshop at the Friday Institute. June 28, 2013—When will I ever use this stuff? Changing the minds of students in mathematics classes, so this sentiment disappears, is the goal of an education research project based […]