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May 7, 2021

Global Connections with Educators in China: Looking Back, Looking Forward

It’s been nine years since Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., Friday Institute for Educational Innovation executive director and NC State College of Education associate dean, was approached to help develop a concept for an innovative high school in Suzhou, China, that would embrace the best of Eastern and Western education practices.

May 3, 2021

Education Week: New Teaching Jobs May Emerge With Continued Demand for Virtual Learning

Hiller Spires, Ph.D., executive director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and associate dean in the NC State College of Education, talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more personalized learning through digital platforms.

Feb 3, 2021

Behind the Scenes of North Carolina’s At-Home Learning Initiative

The At-Home Learning Initiative was created to help solve remote learning gaps across the state, specifically for students who have a lack of access to a stable internet connection. With funds from NCDPI through the CARES Act, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation facilitated the creation and implementation of 192 literacy and math lessons for PreK-5 students as part of the initiative for remote education.

Jan 21, 2021

NC State College of Education Awarded Over $1M in Research Funding October-December, 2020

Faculty and researchers at the NC State College of Education, including the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, were awarded $1,048,844 to support seven projects from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Total amounts reflect only the funding that was directly awarded to College of Education faculty and researchers.

Jan 15, 2021

College of Education Faculty, Alumni Offer Advice on How to Discuss Violence at U.S. Capitol with Students

As the world watched the violent attacks at the U.S. Capitol Building unfold Jan. 6, many educators were left wondering, “what does teaching require of us in this moment?” That question was one of several explored by a group of panelists during the “Responding to Insurrection: How Do We Talk with Students?” webinar hosted by the Friday Institute on Jan. 14, 2021.

Nov 30, 2020

Literacy Today: Looking Ahead: Four Ways 2020 Might Shape the Future of Teacher Prep

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Executive Director and NC State College of Education Associate Dean Hiller Spires, Ph.D., discusses the ways the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way pre-service teachers learn and ultimately teach online. 

Nov 25, 2020

2020 Friday Medal Winner Dr. Dudley E. Flood Honored By Colleagues and Friends During Friday Medal Ceremony

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation honored Dudley E. Flood, Ed.D., during a virtual ceremony Nov. 19 with the Friday Medal award, which recognizes significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education.

Jul 27, 2020

Ask the Expert: How is Education Different Around the World? Teaching Philosophies Differ But ‘We All Want What is Best for Our Students,’ Says Friday Institute Executive Director Hiller Spires

Throughout her career, Friday Institute Executive Director and College of Education Associate Dean Hiller Spires, Ph.D., has developed Project-Based Inquiry Global, led the New Literacies and Global Learning program and collaborated with educators across the globe. She uses this experience to share how education is different around the world.

May 13, 2020

PBI Global Provides Authentic, High-Impact Learning for an NC Rural/Urban School Partnership

Through a two-year, NSF-funded DRK-12 exploratory grant, a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the NC State College of Education are examining how engagement in Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global, a collaborative global inquiry process, affects the development of learners’ science content knowledge and motivation. 

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.