Friday Institute

Jan 16, 2019

[Video]: Computer Science for All

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is providing opportunities to learn computer science in classrooms across North Carolina through its Computer Science for All initiative. Hear from industry leaders about why the initiative is crucial to student success in this new video.

Jan 11, 2019

WRAL: Start Interventions Earlier to Improve Reading Skills

Trip Stallings, director of policy research at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, says better interventions in earlier grades could help North Carolina make more progress in reading achievement. Stallings is part of a team of researchers from the NC State College of Education and the Friday Institute that released findings from a five-year study on the state's Read to Achieve program last year.

Jan 7, 2019  |  News

Dr. Carla C. Johnson Named Executive Director of Friday Institute and Associate Dean

Currently a special advisor to the dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute on P16 STEM, executive director of Indiana GEAR UP and professor of science education at Purdue University, Dr. Carla C. Johnson will begin as executive director of the Friday Institute and associate dean at the NC State College of Education July 1.

Jan 7, 2019

New NSF Project to Increase Student STEM Identity through e-Mentoring

A three-year, $1.2 million grant “Enhancing STEM Identity through e-Mentoring Experiences” will pair underrepresented high school students in rural school districts in North Carolina with near-peer mentors studying engineering at NC State University to increase identity, self-efficacy and value for STEM subject areas.

Dec 18, 2018

[Video]: Friday Institute Staff Help Local Middle Schoolers Engage in Hour of Code

Staff from the NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation helped Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School students participate in Hour of Code, a global movement that introduces tens of millions of students to computer science, earlier this month.

Dec 6, 2018  |  Academics and Programs

$1 Million Grant Will Support Broadening Participation in Computer Science and Computational Thinking

A team of faculty and researchers at NC State University were recently awarded a three-year $1 million National Science Foundation grant in collaboration with the Wake County Public School System, UNC-Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to broaden participation in computer science and computational thinking in North Carolina. Dr. Eric Wiebe, Dr. Dave Frye and Dr. Sherry Freeman from the NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and Dr. Tiffany Barnes from the Department of Computer Science at NC State will lead this project, starting this month, titled EcoCS: Developing a Systemic, Scalable Model to Broaden Participation in Middle School Computer Science Using an RPP Approach.

Nov 14, 2018  |  Honors and Awards

Friday Institute Selects 2018 Graduate Student Fellows

The Friday Institute has announced its 2018 Graduate Student Fellows, which includes two Ph.D. students in the NC State College of Education. In all, there are three new Friday Institute Graduate Fellows who are dedicating time to providing access to education for all students, protecting people impacted by hazardous weather or improving the educational experiences of all learners. Each fellow will receive $2,000 to support their research.

Nov 13, 2018

EdSurge: What’s in a Name? The Potential for Students to Self-Advocate

Director of Digital Learning Programs Mary Ann Wolf shares with EdSurge how Students LEAD (Learn, Explore, Advocate Differently) -- an online course offered to students, teachers and parents -- helps learners understand and verbalize their individual strengths, preferences and needs when it comes to learning and working.

Nov 9, 2018

NC State Education Receives $7M+ in Research Grants Between July and November 2018

NC State College of Education faculty were awarded $7,029,012 to support 15 research projects from July 2018 to November 2018. Read about the research projects the new grants will fund and how they will enhance education in North Carolina and across the nation.

Oct 31, 2018  |  Research and Impact

Analysis Detects No State-Level Impacts for ‘Read to Achieve’ Initiative

North Carolina’s Read to Achieve initiative, the state program supporting reading mastery for all third-grade students, appears to have had no effect on reading scores for the first two cohorts of students exposed to the program, according to research and analysis conducted by North Carolina State University.