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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… 

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Dec 5, 2023 Recognizes Friday Institute During CSEdCon for Most New Teachers Trained

This year, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s computer science (CS) team trained the most new teachers in grades 6-12 and 10% of all teachers who participated in’s… 

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Sep 13, 2023

Friday Institute Team Will Support Evaluation of Juntos’ $7.8 Million Grant to Improve Latinx Representation in STEM and Postsecondary Education

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation will be supporting the evaluation of a $7.8 million grant to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) participation, persistence and career readiness with… 

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Sep 6, 2023

Friday Institute and NCDPI Partner on ​​K-12 Cybersecurity and School Connectivity Initiatives for North Carolina Public Schools

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has awarded the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Technology Infrastructure Lab (TIL) two new grants to support the North Carolina K-12 Cybersecurity… 

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Aug 23, 2023

LASER Institute Builds Community of Scholars for Lifelong Connections, Future Collaboration

The LASER Institute held their third and final summer workshop, an intensive five-day program of learning labs, research planning sessions and guest speakers. 

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Aug 22, 2023

Students Gain Real-World Experiences in Augmented and Virtual Realities at MSEN Summer Camp with Newcombe Family Donation

A $50,000 donation from the Newcombe family in honor of Johan Newcombe provided 25 students from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s North Carolina… 

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Jul 26, 2023

Avoiding Missed Connections: Virtual School Communication and Outreach

Researchers Amy Walter and Jaclyn Stevens from the Friday Institute share must-haves for any virtual school focused on communication and outreach. 

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Jul 20, 2023

Virtual Schools Network: Supporting the realities faced by virtual school educators

The Friday Institute and NCVPS teams have been committed to building a support system that puts the needs of educators, students and their families first with the Virtual Schools Network. They recently released their program report of their pilot year. 

May 3, 2023

Friday Institute Partners with NCCU, IEI to Help NCDIT Develop Digital Equity Plan for North Carolina

In partnership with North Carolina Central University and the Institute for Emerging Issues, the Program Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) Group at the Friday Institute will lead the effort to manage the development of a Digital Equity Asset Inventory for North Carolina, conduct a series of listening sessions across the state and facilitate the implementation and analysis of a statewide digital equity survey to help the North Carolina Department of Information Technology Division of Broadband and Digital Equity (NCDIT) develop a five-year digital equity plan. 

Two book covers side by side. The first is a book with a green background titled "Brave Histories and Hopeful Futures: Voices of a Refugee Community" that features images of seven students with various hair and skin types and colors. The second cover, titled "The Realities of Our Worlds," features a cover with a black background and the image of the earth held by two hands.

May 1, 2023

Literacy and Community Initiative’s Fourth Annual Reading Celebration Highlights Artwork and Writing for the First Time

Youth from CORRAL Riding Academy, Refugee Hope Partners and Juntos will read their written narratives from two newly released books, showcase their artwork and answer questions on their personal journeys during LCI’s Fourth Annual Reading Celebration May 2.