FI Updates

Students from Raleigh, NC, and Suzhou, China, Collaborate at PBI Global Student Summit

What healthcare concerns impact refugees globally? How do the conditions within refugee camps affect the physical and socioemotional well-being of refugees? How does the socio-demographic status of refugees change their treatment throughout displacement? These were all questions a group of 35 high school students from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Suzhou, China, sought to answer during […]


RSVP for New Literacies Collaborative Fall 2018 Symposium

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | Friday Institute The New Literacies Collaborative Fall Symposium will feature Mr. Michael Bonner, an inspiring second grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School in Pitt County, North Carolina, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and many are homeless. Mr.Bonner will share how he utilized the power of self-reflection to evaluate his qualities as a teacher, navigating […]


Register for the 6th Biennial North Carolina Summit on United States/China Education

Thursday, September 6, 2018 | Friday Institute Join Go Global NC, the Confucius Institute at NC State University, Public Schools of North Carolina (State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction), and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation for the 6th Biennial North Carolina Summit on United States/China Education. Our 2018 theme is “Community Focused Partnerships: Harnessing Intercultural Competence.” […]


Dr. Hiller Spires Conducts New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute (NLI) in Kenya

Dr. Hiller Spires and other NC State College of Education faculty introduced inquiry-based teaching and taught teachers how to maximize technological resources during their NLI session in Kenya this summer. Read More


More Than A Hobby: How Volunteers Support Science

Dr. Gail Jones shares what motivates volunteer scientists based on her recent research. Read More


Hiller Spires Named Interim Director of the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Raleigh, NC – Hiller A. Spires will be the interim director for the NC State College of Education’s William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation effective Aug. 1, 2018, until a permanent director is appointed. Spires, who is a professor of literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, served as the founding […]


Friday Institute’s Phil Emer Discusses NC Schools’ Cybersecurity Threats

NC schools face cybersecurity threats mainly from professional hackers. Learn more about the cybersecurity landscape in the state and what districts can do to protect themselves. Read More


The Friday Institute Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Online Course for Students

Raleigh, NC – Today, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in the College of Education at NC State University launched a free, online experience specifically for students called Students LEAD (Learn, Explore, & Advocate Differently), in partnership with the Oak Foundation. This first-of-its-kind course helps students understand their own style of learning. Upon completion of the […]


New MOOC-Ed Courses Open for Spring 2018

Free high-quality online courses for educators are now open for the Spring 2018 session, which starts on February 5. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is offering six Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) this spring that cover a variety of topics. Every MOOC-Ed is designed with educators in mind. MOOC-Eds are self-directed, peer-supported, […]


2017 Friday Medal Honors Seven Innovative Rural North Carolina Superintendents

Raleigh, North Carolina — Each year since 2006, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has presented the Friday Medal to honor the memory and legacy of Bill Friday, who led the UNC system as its president for 30 years. The selected recipients are outstanding researchers, practitioners, or policymakers who have made significant, distinguished and enduring […]