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:

Cloudyness with a Chance of Ray: Demystifying FI Infrastructure Programs

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM | BB&T Multimedia Classroom James Robinson, Ray Zeisz, and Phil Emer deliver a provocative and uplifting conversation about cloudyness, wireless infrastructure, and technocracy.   The FI has managed North Carolina’s School Connectivity Initiative (SCI) since its inception in 2005, led the Race to the Top funded […]

More Than Numbers: Why You Should Tell Stories

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM | BB&T Multimedia Classroom Since we first began talking to each other, telling stories has been a powerful way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. Blythe Tyrone and Lauren Acree will explain why you should tell stories, how to tell […]

Leading and Learning in an Interdependent System

Wednesday, November 18, 2015  |  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM  |  BB&T Multimedia Classroom Presented By: Alan J. Daly This brown bag will discuss why systems thinking is a crucial aspect of solving intractable educational problems, and how social network theory and analysis can help researchers and practitioners put systems thinking to work.

Data-Intensive Research in Education: Opportunities and Challenges with “Big Data”

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | BB&T Multimedia Classroom Presented By: Chris Dede A confluence of advances in the computer and mathematical sciences has unleashed an unprecedented capability for enabling decision-making based on insights from new types of evidence. However, while the use of data science has become well established […]