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Oct 18, 2021

Professor Eric Wiebe Joins New NSF AI Institute for Engaged Learning to Advance Learning and Education

Eric Wiebe, a professor of STEM education in the NC State College of Education and senior faculty fellow at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, is part of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) research initiative that will create and utilize artificial intelligence (AI) tools to advance learning and education. 

Sep 21, 2021

EducationNC: Perspective | North Carolina Students Engage in Purpose-Driven Inquiry to Address Global Challenges

In honor of Global Goals week, Friday Institute Research Associate Marie Himes shares details about our New Literacies Collaborative's PBI Global program at Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership and Wake STEM Early College High School. 

Jul 12, 2021

Friday Institute Publishes Initial Report on Rural Home Internet Access Pilot

An initial report of a pilot program to test emerging wireless technologies for rural areas finds no absolute solution to broadband challenges. 

Jun 21, 2021

The Friday Institute Launches Learner Agency Modules for Educators

The Friday Institute’s Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative has launched a free pair of modules for educators focused on learner agency, Foundations of Learner Agency and Learner Agency in Practice. 

May 5, 2021

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

Hiller Spires, Ph.D., executive director of the Friday Institute, talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more personalized learning through digital platforms. 

Apr 26, 2021

Friday Institute Forges a Path in Online Professional Learning

Nine years ago, the Friday Institute launched an initiative focused on meeting the growing needs of schools and equipping educators with research-based professional development. Since then, online professional learning at the Friday Institute has served more than 76,000 educators in 50 states and more than 160 countries. 

Apr 1, 2021

Unique Problems, Unique Solutions for Broadband Access in Eastern N.C.

Ray Zeisz, director of the Technology Infrastructure Lab at the Friday Institute, talks about broadband access for students in rural Eastern North Carolina and his work with Hyde County Schools to pilot a program of SpaceX’s Starlink internet service to improve access. 

Jan 20, 2021

Spring 2021 Online Professional Learning Courses Now Open for Registration

Free high-quality online professional learning courses for educators are now open for registration for the spring 2021 session. 

Jan 4, 2021

Friday Institute Studying Emerging Wireless Broadband Technologies to Reduce Homework Gap in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is expanding its partnership with the Friday Institute with a new project to research, pilot and analyze emerging wireless technologies that can reduce the homework gap, particularly in rural areas. 

Nov 30, 2020

Literacy Today: Looking Ahead

Friday Institute Executive Director Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., shares her thoughts on online teacher prep and how 2020 might shape its future.