FI Updates

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 […]


The Friday Institute Partners with The Rural Center to Build Community Capacity and Regional Leadership in North Carolina’s Northeast Prosperity Zone

Raleigh, NC – Through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is partnering with The Rural Center to help North Carolina’s Northeast Prosperity Zone broaden its leadership base, enhance community and regional collaborations, and develop more strategic initiatives to transform the economy. The Friday Institute will provide program evaluation, […]


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Highlight Key Elements for Success in Personalized Learning

Three Schools Select Different Paths to Success Charlotte, NC – Today The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) released an in-depth case study on CMS’ Personalized Learning (PL) efforts. Personalizing the Paths to Personalized Learning: Meeting Students and Teachers Where They Are focuses on three […]


In Memory of Bob Tinker

By Dr. Glenn Kleiman   Robert “Bob” Tinker, a brilliant, creative educator who received the 2013 Friday Medal for Educational Innovation for his many contributions, passed away yesterday. Our condolences to his wife, Barbara, who was his life partner for 50+ years of good works going back to their contributions to the civil rights movement, […]


2017 Friday Medalists Announced

Seven Innovative Superintendents of Rural North Carolina School Districts to Receive 2017 Friday Medal The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education is pleased to announce that this year we are honoring Innovative Superintendents of North Carolina Rural Districts with the 2017 Friday Medal. In collaboration with the NC School Superintendents Association […]


Shifting Scientific Identities

Raleigh, NC – A small group of educators from diverse subject area backgrounds are embracing a newfound identity: they are calling themselves scientists. Following their participation in the Students Discover teacher-scientist partnership last summer, a math teacher, an art teacher, a science teacher and math/science teacher have shifted their perspectives on what it means to be […]


The Friday Institute Launches New Series of Papers with Lessons and Recommendations for Educational Leaders

Raleigh, NC — March 14, 2017 — Today, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in the College of Education at NC State University launched the first in a series of papers that present lessons learned and practical recommendations for educational leaders. These short, useful papers include focused direction on topics such as metacognition and social […]


2016 Friday Medal Honors Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr.

  Raleigh, North Carolina — North Carolina State University honored former Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr. at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Friday Medal presentation on Nov. 14. The Friday Medal is awarded annually in honor of Bill and Ida Friday to recognize significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education. “We are […]


Coaching the Coaches, with a “Magical” Twist

The eighth annual Coaching Digital Learning Institute (CDLI), organized by the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) team, in partnership with the Golden LEAF Foundation, was unique: the facilitators leading the capacity building sessions and hands on learning activities were all volunteers who have previously attended past CDLI events or other Friday Institute capacity building […]


New MOOC-Ed on Teaching Mathematics with Technology

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University has introduced a new course into its Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) catalog for Fall 2016: Teaching Mathematics with Technology. Technology is an essential component of today’s workplace and is a ubiquitous component of our society. When integrated effectively, technology can be an […]