The Friday Institute is a center for bringing together educational professionals, researchers, policy-makers, and other community members to foster collaborations that improve education.  Friday Institute researchers, College of Education faculty, and our partners lead seminars, provide professional development opportunities and convene conferences to address the major challenges of preK-12 education in North Carolina and the United States.

If you need information about an upcoming meeting you are planning to attend, please visit the Friday Institute Event calendar .

Recent and Upcoming Friday Institute Events:

PBI Global Design Studio Showcase

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Friday Institute Walk for Water 4:00 – 5:00 PM Student Showcase 5:00 – 6:30 PM Students from Wake STEM Early College High School will share their collaborative inquiry projects on: Every Drop Counts: Global Water and Sanitation Issues Additionally, students are raising awareness and funds through […]

2017 Friday Medal Ceremony

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Friday Institute The Friday Medal honors significant, distinguished, and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing education, and imparting inspiration. In recognition of the commitment of Bill and Ida Friday to educational excellence, the College of Education’s William & Ida Friday Institute […]

Developing World-Class Student Leaders Through a University-School Partnership

Monday, November 13, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | BB&T Multimedia Classroom Presenters will introduce the design and activities of the ongoing partnership among NC State University, Wake STEM Early College High School and Suzhou North America High School. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the partnership, impact of cross-cultural collaborations on student development and […]


Wednesday, November 8 – Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Friday Institute During these two days, alumni from the past NCLDCN cohorts will work with other coaches to take deep dive into the Design Thinking Process. We’ll build on the culture and learning from year one to develop real solutions to challenges participants have identified, all while exploring […]