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We conduct research, develop educational resources, provide professional development programs for educators, advocate to improve teaching and learning, and help inform policy-making.
LASER Institute Summer Workshop
Beyond Voice and Choice: Practices, Mindsets, and Skills that Foster Learner Agency
NC Conference for Educational Equity
The Friday Institute Launches Learner Agency Modules for Educators
The Friday Institute’s Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative has launched a free pair of modules for educators focused on learner agency, Foundations of Learner Agency and Learner Agency in Practice.
Ask the Expert: How Can Teaching Math From a Strengths-based Perspective Help Students Succeed? ‘When Teachers Utilize a Student’s Strengths, They Position Them as Already Possessing a Way of Knowledge That They Use To Understand the World,’ Says Associate Professor Jessica Hunt
Students’ thinking is often evaluated from a deficit standpoint, focusing on what they don’t yet know, says Associate Professor Jessica Hunt, Ph.D. This is especially true when it comes to teaching mathematics to students with disabilities. Instead of focusing on what students don’t know, Hunt says it is best for teachers to approach lessons from a strengths-based perspective.
Journal of Science Teacher Education: The Next Generation of Science Educators: Museum Volunteers
Friday Institute researchers examined the influence of youth volunteer experiences on career aspirations through a lens of science identity, finding that museum volunteer programs with an explicit focus on communicating science to the public may be optimal places to cultivate the next generation of science educators and communicators.
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A Message From the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
As 2021 unfolds, reflection gives way to transformation. The events of 2020 served to hold a looking glass to how we live, how we work and how we learn. At the Friday Institute, we have renewed our commitment to educational innovation, not only as a way to secure a successful future for our students, staff and faculty but also to secure our institution’s legacy as an agency of change.
The North Carolina Digital Learning Plan: Policy Recommendations and Action Steps
In this Friday Institute Education Brief, the authors break down current recommendations and distinct action steps to continue work on six key areas in the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
COVID-19 Support Resources
Click here for a collection of resources to support educators in remote learning.
Examining Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in North Carolina During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This pilot study, funded by a Friday Institute and NC State College of Education Catalyst Grant, set out to examine how early childhood education (ECE) programs in North Carolina community colleges navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.
NC Conference for Educational Equity
This FREE, two-day virtual conference welcomes all educators! The 2nd Annual North Carolina Conference for Educational Equity will focus on the district-wide practices, community-based programs, school policies and classroom procedures that have created more equitable learning and life outcomes for students.
Staff Spotlight: Dr. Jose Picart
Exploring Next-Generation Education Webinar Series
Watch and listen to these cross-sector discussions on how we can work collectively to explore next-generation education systems, moderated by Friday Institute Executive Director Hiller Spires, Ph.D.
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