Advancing education through innovation in digital-age teaching, learning and leadership, we bring together students, teachers, researchers, policy-makers, educational professionals and other community members to foster collaborations in improving education.
We conduct research, develop educational resources, provide professional development programs for educators, advocate to improve teaching and learning, and help inform policy-making.
Friday Institute Faculty Fellow Gail Jones surveyed citizen scientists and science hobbyists across the country, discovering the lack of diversity in these communities.
NSF Grant Will Broaden Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global to Include STEM Learning Through An NC Rural/Urban School Partnership
Hiller Spires and Erin Krupa have been awarded a two-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand Project Based Inquiry (PBI) Global to address STEM learning.
STEM Education Researchers Gather at National Summit to Explore Next Big Ideas, Questions in STEM Education
When University of Cincinnati faculty were surveyed in 2011 and asked what they thought STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) was, only 57% could identify all parts of the acronym,...
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Strategic Focus Areas
Our work centers on the critical challenges of creating the next-generation education system that is required to prepare all students for success in further education, careers and civic life in the rapidly changing global, digital world. Our strategic focus areas reflect our mission and goals and build upon our prior and ongoing work in North Carolina and nationally. In each focus area, we take systemic approaches that incorporate the perspectives of practitioners, researchers, policymakers and community members.