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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. 

Jan 24, 2022

Engaging the Research Community in Learning Recovery and Acceleration

Jan 24, 2022

Building Quantum Computing Talent in North Carolina Schools

Jan 24, 2022

Exploring Next-Generation Education: K-12 Trends that Matter for 2022

Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium

Dec 7, 2021

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation to Co-sponsor 2022 Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium May 11

Early data suggests that pandemic-born pedagogies and practices are resulting in positive outcomes. But how do we move from innovation to real, lasting transformation? The Symposium invites original submissions that address this critical question through empirical research and translational analyses. Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 18, 2022, and may represent completed research or works in progress with preliminary findings. 

Mebane Rash

Nov 22, 2021

EdNC Editor-in-chief, CEO Mebane Rash Awarded Friday Medal

On Nov. 18, education leaders from across the state joined together virtually to celebrate this year’s Friday Medal recipient, Mebane Rash, CEO and editor-in-chief at EducationNC (EdNC). Also during the ceremony, the Friday Institute named its graduate student fellow winners — Pamela Huff, Madeline Hinkle and Julianna Nieuwsma — who will receive $2,000 to support their dissertation research. 

Sep 28, 2021

2021 New Literacies Collaborative Fall Symposium

During the 2021 New Literacies Collaborative Fall Symposium, Bettina Love, Ph.D., award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia, will give the keynote speech. Dr.… 

Braska Williams and Family

Nov 20, 2020

Why I Give: ‘As a Parent of a College Student and as Someone Who Employs Work Study Students, I Empathize with Students who are Struggling to Pay for College,’ Says NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Director Braska Williams

Braska Williams, director of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program through the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, started his undergraduate career as a computer engineering major. That changed by his junior year when realized that as an African American male, he could be a role model to African American students and make a difference as a teacher.