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Apr 10, 2020

EdNC: Our Education System Was ‘Built Around Students Already Engaged.’ A Statewide Connectivity Initiative Could Change That

Can we use the COVID-19 crisis to think futuristically about how we can meet the needs of all learners? That question was asked and answered in a virtual discussion hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, part of the NC State College of Education, and moderated by Friday Institute Executive Director and College of Education Associate Dean Hiller Spires, Ph.D. 

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Mar 30, 2020

Friday Institute’s Commitment to Educators, Students Continues Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

During the uncertainty of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, schools across the country are closing to prevent its spread. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is continuing its commitment to supporting educators, collaborating with its community and providing resources for teaching and learning while educators and students are at home. 

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Mar 20, 2020

Friday Institute Expands Offerings for Online Professional Learning for Educators

To continue its commitment to support educators and provide resources for teaching and learning even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has extended registration and expanded offerings of its free online courses for educators. 

A group of students from the Nc State College of Education's Literacy and Community Initiative

Mar 13, 2020

Youth Authors to Release New Books Through College of Education’s Literacy and Community Initiative

Youth authors from three community-based organizations who have partnered with the NC State College of Education’s and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Literacy and Community Initiative (LCI) are celebrating the release of new books. 

N.C. Lt Gov. Dan Forest, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, and NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson.

Feb 18, 2020

Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to Support AI Apprenticeships

A new four-year, $6 million project led by North Carolina State University and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor will support 5,000 workers with training, college coursework and certification to work in the emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI). Carla C. Johnson, senior faculty fellow and professor of science education at NC State, is the principal investigator of the project “Artificial Intelligence Academy (AIA): North Carolina Apprenticeships for Innovation,” which will be affiliated with the NC State College of Education’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. 

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Feb 12, 2020

Friday Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Carla C. Johnson Expands Online Learning Opportunities for K-12 Educators with New Grant from Institute of Education Sciences

 Carla C. Johnson, Ph.D., a senior faculty fellow with the NC State College of Education’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and a professor of science education in the college, will develop and study two new Professional Learning Online Modules (PLOM) for educators through a recently funded, two-year grant. 

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Feb 7, 2020

Friday Institute Selects 2020 Graduate Research Fellows

Every year, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Executive Director selects a few graduate or doctoral students to become Friday Institute graduate research fellows. Learn more about the 2020 graduate research fellows. 

Vance County Schools students use zSpace through a partnership with the NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Jan 23, 2020

Friday Institute Partners with Vance County Schools to Bring Immersive Virtual Reality Technology Into Science Classrooms

With the help of a team from the NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, students at Vance County Schools have had the opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in ways that were never possible before. 

Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Hiller Spires, Ph.D. published a new book called Read, Write, Inquire

Jan 3, 2020

New Book from Professor Hiller Spires Guides Teachers Through the Use of Project-Based Inquiry, Disciplinary Literacy

The latest book from Hiller Spires, Ph.D., Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and executive director of the Friday Institute, helps teachers build students’ discipline-specific knowledge through project-based inquiry and disciplinary literacy. 

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Nov 19, 2019

Hiller A. Spires Named Executive Director of Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Associate Dean

Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., will serve as executive director of the NC State College of Education’s William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and associate dean, effective Wednesday, Nov. 20.