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Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative

Teaching, Leading and Learning in the Age of Complexity

The Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative promotes pedagogical shifts that engage educators at all levels, providing research based, job-embedded models and approaches for strategic planning and professional development with the belief that students deserve access to equitable personalized learning experiences. The members of our dedicated team are educational leaders who have extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership support and development, data-driven decision-making, and professional development planning and design that is customized and responsive to the needs of today’s schools.

Our Impact


Educators Receiving Professional Development
(2021-2022 SY)


(Since June 2023)


Microcredentials Awarded
(Since June 2023)

[PLLC] helped us to be able to prioritize what we would like to do moving forward to grow our grant initiatives and grow all our stakeholders – especially students.

Cohort Participant

North Carolina Digital Learning Plan

Featured Project: Virtual Schools Network

The Virtual Schools Network (VSN) is a partnership between the Friday Institute and NCVirtual that supports and connects traditional virtual public schools. The VSN creates capacity building opportunities, designs quality courses, assesses technology needs and establishes support structures to assist in scaling for size and planning for sustainability.

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Empowering Educational Transformation: Navigating AI Integration with the PLLC

The Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) at the Friday Institute comprises a passionate and skilled team of educators and experts who share a unified mission: to drive innovation and inspire transformation within the field of education. Our primary focus is on the seamless integration of cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), into educational practices, thus enabling schools and districts to flourish in an era of educational advancement.

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Computer Science Professional Development

The Friday Institute partners with educational leaders and policy makers from the school to national level to create opportunities for ALL students in North Carolina to explore computer science.

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Partners We Have Proudly Worked With

  • Battelle
  • Belk Foundation
  • Common Sense Media
  • Department of Education
  • Digital Promise
  • East Carolina University
  • Expanding Computing Education Pathways
  • Gates Foundation
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • National Science Foundation
  • North Carolina Arts Foundation
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • North Carolina State University College of Education
  • North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTies)
  • North Carolina Virtual Public School
  • Oak Foundation
  • Teach for America
  • WestEd