North Carolina’s At-Home Learning Initiative
The At-Home Learning Initiative was created to help solve remote learning gaps across the state, specifically for 16.9% of public school students who have a lack of access to a stable internet connection. With funds from NCDPI through the CARES Act, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation facilitated the creation and implementation of 192 literacy and math lessons for PreK-5 students as part of the initiative for remote education. One hundred and forty-four of those lessons for PreK-3 will air on PBS North Carolina. Reaching over 30 million households statewide on free public television, PBS NC could fill gaps in access through the new Classroom Connection program.
In 2018, the Friday Institute created the Students LEAD (Learn, Explore, & Advocate Differently) program. This was a first-of-its-kind online course to help students understand how they learn. As of fall 2020, the course was taken by over 10,000 educational leaders, and the student course was completed by over 1,450 students across the world. After participating in the Students LEAD program, students at Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School reported gains in their understanding of their learning differences and tools that support learning differences. By far, the largest reported change was the 27% increase of students who strongly agreed or agreed that they ask important adults for what they need to learn best.
Activating Youth Voices: Promoting Activism and Advocacy in Teens and Young Adults
In this webinar, Dr. Christy Byrd and Dr. Crystal Chen Lee discuss examples from two initiatives, #PasstheMicYouth and the Literacy and Community Initiative (LCI), to teach five practical steps on how to promote youth voices. The LCI program has offered 180 hours of literacy instruction and community engagement, served 51 students and facilitated six student publications. Students have shown increased leadership, writing and speaking skills; advocacy and awareness; and representation after participating in the program.
MSEN Program Brings STEM Experiences to Rural Students
MSEN is a STEM enrichment program that provides 6-12 grade students from underserved populations with experiences that will equip them to attend a four-year college or university to pursue majors in STEM fields. The NC State MSEN program has served 284 students through their Saturday Academy program and currently holds a class or after-school club in five middle schools and two high schools.
“I can’t really think of a better home for the LASER Institute than NC State and the Friday Institute. We take great pride, and place great emphasis, on supporting innovation, equity and capacity building in education. This project is a true expression of those values.”
-Shaun Kellogg, Ph.D., director of the Friday Institute Research and Evaluation team