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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… 

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… 

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… 

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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… 

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… 

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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 Code.org training with the Friday Institute. One of… 

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Dec 6, 2023

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

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… 

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Dec 5, 2023

Code.org Recognizes Friday Institute During CSEdCon for Most New Code.org Teachers Trained

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

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Dec 5, 2023

Unlocking Potential Through Code.org: A Journey of Empowerment with Patrice Wade

As the technology specialist and director of technology at Guilford Preparatory Academy, Patrice Wade shines as an advocate for computer science education. Participating in Code.org‘s continuous updates and professional development… 

Dec 4, 2023

Spotlight on Linda Robinson: Bridging Language Gaps and Enhancing Learning Through Computer Science Education

Linda Robinson, an AIG and advanced learner teacher at Fox Road Elementary School in the Wake County Public School System, shares her journey of professional growth through the Making CS…