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Feb 21, 2024

Take the Lead in Learner Agency:  Transformative Learning Opportunities to Empower Teachers and Ed Leadership are now OPEN

At its core, learner agency embodies the belief that students should not merely be recipients of knowledge but active participants in their own learning journey. Learner agency shifts the focus from traditional, teacher-centered approaches to a student-centered classroom culture that provides students the skills and opportunity to take ownership of their learning and accountability for… 

Feb 15, 2024

Friday Institute’s New Learner Agency Modules Provide Practical Solutions to Foster Learner Agency

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation recently launched an extensive update of its learner agency modules based on feedback from pilot testing and survey data. The Learner Agency modules were updated to reflect the changing landscape of education, provide recent resources and include the opportunity for more thoughtful and valuable personal reflection and forum experiences. … 

Feb 7, 2024

Exploring the Cutting Edge: A Guide to Integrating Generative AI into our Evolving Educational Landscape

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) is a significant game-changer. AI is prevalent – I am seeing it everywhere – with educational conferences featuring workshops and sessions on its utilization, educational leaders blogging about the latest tools and edtech companies scrambling to share with educators the latest and the… 

Jan 9, 2024

AI in K-12 Convening Gathers Key Stakeholders in Implementing AI in North Carolina Classrooms

By the end of this school year, nearly four in 10 teachers expect to use artificial intelligence (AI) in their classrooms, but only about 20% feel prepared to use those tools. To address AI integration in classes, schools and districts, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation hosted an AI in K-12 Convening of key stakeholders… 

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Dec 20, 2023

New Literacies Collaborative Celebrates 10-Year Partnership, Anniversary for Suzhou North America High School During Recent Trip to China

After four years of connecting remotely through virtual trainings, virtual meetings and cross-cultural virtual exchange programs, the New Literacies Collaborative (NLC) at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation visited Suzhou North America (SNA) High School in Suzhou, China at the end of October 2023 to not only celebrate the school’s 10th anniversary but also to… 

Dec 12, 2023

Why Try AI?

At the Friday Institute, the PLLC team is committed to finding and sharing innovations that make teaching both more impactful and manageable. One such innovation is the use of generative AI tools, like ChatGPT, and I’d like to share how this has transformed the work of a teacher I work with. This dedicated special education… 

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Dec 7, 2023

Fostering Inclusivity and Passion for Computer Science: Spotlight on JP Simafranca

JP Simafranca, a dedicated high school science teacher at Rocky Mount Preparatory Academy, shares the invaluable lessons learned from participating in the training with the Friday Institute. One of the most important aspects highlighted is the significance of inclusivity. As a person of color, JP acknowledges the impact of cultural blindspots in creating a… 

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Dec 7, 2023

Professor Emeritus Eric Wiebe Addresses 21st Century Educational Challenges and Opportunities in STEM Classroom-based Assessment in New Report

NC State College of Education Professor Emeritus Eric Wiebe is a lead researcher, editor and author of a recent report reviewing the current status of STEM classroom assessment research. This report, titled “Classroom-Based STEM Assessment: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives,” was published in October 2023 by the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a National… 

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Dec 6, 2023

Computer Science for North Carolina Convening Provides Guidance, Gathers Key Stakeholders for Implementing Computer Science Across the State

In collaboration with the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation hosted a Computer Science for North Carolina (CS4NC) statewide convening Nov. 9 in order to provide a clear pathway for the expansion of computer science (CS) education in schools across the state.  “This is a team that recognizes it’s… 

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Dec 6, 2023

Empowering Education with Cari Ann Brick: A Spotlight on Making CS Stick and

Cari Ann Brick, a dedicated school media specialist at Conn Magnet Elementary School, in the Wake County Public School System, shares her enriching experience with the Friday Institute’s computer science focused program, Making CS Stick. This professional development opportunity not only enhanced her technical skills but also provided a platform for networking with professionals and…