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2022 Catalyst Grant Winners

Nov 3, 2022

2022-2023 Catalyst Grant Winners Announced

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the NC State College of Education have awarded three Catalyst Grants that are designed to increase research collaborations between faculty and staff at both entities and seed collaborative, high-impact research that will lead to further inquiry and support. 

Oct 15, 2022

Friday Medal Ceremony 

James Bank and Joann Blumenfeld

Sep 9, 2022

2022 Friday Medal to Honor Two Leaders in Education Research and Practice Together for the First Time

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has selected James A. Banks, the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies Emeritus at the University of Washington College of Education and founding director of the Banks Center for Educational Justice, and Joann Blumenfeld, founder and program director for Catalyst at The Science House, to receive its 2022 Friday Medal award. For the first time, the Friday Institute has decided to honor both a practitioner and researcher within the same year. 

Friday Institute Research Associate Callie Edwards

Jun 10, 2022

Friday Institute’s PEER Group Acting Director Callie Edwards ’18PHD Receives NC State’s Award for Excellence for Human Relations

Callie Womble Edwards '18PHD, acting director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Program Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) Group, has been awarded NC State’s Award for Excellence for Human Relations for her work creating a diverse, welcoming workplace for staff and students. This is the second year in a row that a staff member in the NC State College of Education has won NC State’s Award for Excellence. 

Hiller Spires Retiring after 35 years

May 24, 2022

Associate Dean, Executive Director of Friday Institute Hiller Spires: ‘Make Sure You Leave a Place Better Than You Found It.’ I Hope I’ve Been Able to Do That in the College of Education.

Institute for Educational Innovation, will retire June 1, 2022, after 35 years at NC State’s College of Education and 43 years in the field of education. In this Q&A, Spires talks about how she ended up at the College of Education, what she’ll miss most about it and how she hopes she is remembered. 

May 18, 2022

Teaching and Telling Asian American Stories Virtual Symposium 

Students with teachers

Apr 28, 2022

Friday Institute Releases “Meeting the Moment: Strategic Recommendations for Literacy & Equity in North Carolina”

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation recently released Meeting the Moment: Strategic Recommendations for Literacy & Equity in North Carolina, a policy brief that extends the work of the 2022 NC PreK-12 Literacy & Equity Summit and highlights six recommendations to strengthen North Carolina's Literacy Learning Ecosystem. 

Associate Dean and Executive Director for the Friday Institute for Educational InnovationHiller Spires

Apr 14, 2022

Friday Institute Executive Director, Associate Dean and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Hiller Spires to Retire June 1, 2022

Hiller Spires, Ph.D., — who is nationally recognized for her innovative research and approach to K-12 education, particularly as related to digital and disciplinary literacies — will retire June 1,… 

Mar 1, 2022

Exploring Next-Generation Education Series: AI and the Future of Education

In this talk, as part of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Exploring Next-Generation Education Series, the presenters will consider how (and at what rate) AI technologies for education will… 

Literacy and Equity Summit

Jan 24, 2022

Educators Come Together for Powerful NC PreK-12 Literacy and Equity Summit

“My challenge to myself and to you is that maybe instead of discussing the equity of literacy, we should discuss the literacy of equity. Do you know how to read the room? Do you know how to read your kids?” This charge from New York Times best-selling author Jason Reynolds kicked off a full day’s worth of keynote and breakout sessions for the NC PreK-12 Literacy and Equity Summit.