What We Do

It’s not about the technology… but about the learning and teaching.

The Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PL2C) promotes pedagogical shifts in digital learning environments in order to inspire, innovate and coach.

We seek to enhance classroom practice by developing models of effective technology implementation, creating innovative professional development opportunities and fostering collaboration and community among district and school leaders, instructional technology facilitators and educators. Our team provides customized planning assistance to build broad-based support for defining and disseminating the vision, goals, rationale and principles of your unique digital learning initiative. Using a leadership team-based approach, coaches work side-by-side with state/district leadership teams in collaborative, learning-focused relationships. Learn more.

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Our customized, high-quality institutes provide opportunities for educators, coaches, and leaders to connect, engage, and innovate for the benefit of student-centered learning.

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Digital Badges provide recognition for the knowledge and skills educators develop and engage in to support student-centered and their own independent learning.

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This Massive Open Online Course for Educators provides information, resources, and activities to better understand how students learn and learning differences.

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The FLEX PD @ FI Learning Series provides educators the opportunity to engage in professional learning events at the Friday Institute based on their unique professional needs.

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Future Ready maximizes digital learning opportunities by providing district with resources and support to help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.

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This Massive Open Online Course for Educators provides resources and job-embedded activities to better understand how to coach others through digital transitions and creating successful digital learning and teaching cultures.

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The Coaching Digital Learning Institute provides a hands-on 2-day experience for instructional and digital learning coaches to deepen their skills, gain new insights, and develop digital culture-building strategies and practice.

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NC-DLCN provides a blended approach to professional learning networks where instructional and technology coaches’ experiences support and grow each other’s practice.

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Our professional development is customized in collaboration with district and school leaders to address your unique critical needs and provide a deeper understanding of curricular standards and sound pedagogy.

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DLP-DL is a year-long blended learning program for principals planning and developing digital learning initiatives.

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MOOC-Ed provides free online professional learning
opportunities for all education leaders.

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Boot Camp provides educators to hands-on experience in digital learning best practices.

LBL is a capacity building program designed to meet the professional learning needs of principals as they transition to digital and blended learning.

PL2C Project Information

Boot Camp

Since 2008, The Friday Institute of Educational Innovations’ Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PL2C) has hosted the Leading and Learning Summer Institute or “Boot Camp” as on the ground professional development that emphasizes that technology is not the driving force of digital initiatives, but rather a deep understanding of the intersection of curricular standards and sound pedagogy through the use of content-specific and appropriate technology resources and applications. This “working institute” is designed for schools and districts to maximize small group discussions, content area centered hands-on sessions, and cross-district collaboration and best practices for technology-enabled, student-focused learning & teaching.

Partner: Golden LEAF Foundation


 

Coaching Digital Learning Institute (CDLi)

The Coaching Digital Learning Institute (formerly the Technology Leader Institute) is designed to build the capacity of Instructional technology facilitators, media coordinators, instructional specialists, and technology-driven educators and mentoring staff that have taken the lead in implementing digital transitions in their schools and districts. Our goal is to enhance their professional development, practice, and add mobile and web based tools to expand their toolbox for the digitally expanding educational environment.

Partner: Golden LEAF Foundation


 

Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed (CDL)

Coaching educators to create digital learning environments is a challenging, important, and highly collaborative role. Individuals who play this role are instrumental in cultivating a digital learning culture within their school, district and/or state. This free 6 week course allows you to learn, along with your colleagues from other schools and districts around the world, to enhance your digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies. Learn more.

CEUs and Certificates of Completion available to participants.


 

Distinguished Leadership in Practice for Digital Learning (DLP-DL)

The N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (Friday Institute) have partnered to develop and provide Distinguished Leadership in Practice for Digital Learning (DLP-DL).  The program coaches and guides principals through the creation of digital learning environments in their schools using a year-long blended program of face-to-face sessions followed by a series of online activities. Principals are engaged in real-world, value-added activities that are part of a proven cycle of capacity building for their students, teachers, and communities—activities that are essential to the school’s transformation.

Partners: Amplify, Curriculum Associates, NCPAPA, NCTIES, Think Through Math


 

Future Ready

Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The effort provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans that align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities. Learn more.

Partners: Alliance for Excellent Education, US Department of Education


 

Institutes

The PL2C’s professional learning institutes provide educators, coaches, and leaders with the knowledge and resources necessary for planning and implementing successful digital learning initiatives, both in the classroom and across a district.  We offer large-scale face-to-face institutes, giving participants opportunities to experience educational uses of technology to support their own learning, opportunities to plan and development systems and procedures that encourage innovation; and opportunities to begin the process of innovation with the support of peers and experts. Learn more.

Project Lead: Emmy Coleman

Partner: Golden LEAF Foundation


 

Leadership in Blended Learning

Leadership in Blended Learning is a train-the-trainer program that provides a five session (60 hours) blended, research-­based, hands-­on program for principals that addresses key issues in leading the transition to blended and digital learning including: understanding blended learning models, leading culture shifts, transitioning teaching and learning, developing professional learning, addressing “nuts and bolts” and planning for implementation.

Partners: Learning Accelerator, NCPAPA


 

Learning Differences MOOC-Ed

All of us, children and adults alike, have different strengths and weaknesses in our learning. Historically, however, schools have approached student learning with a one-size-fits-all mentality and have struggled to adapt to changing student needs. The Learning Differences Massive Open Online Course for Educators and Micro-Credentials seek to systematically shift this norm. By working with teachers to better understand their students’ diverse learning needs, it is our hope that all students can have a more personalized learning experience that pushes them to their full potential. Learn more.

CEUs and Certificates of Completion available to participants.

PartnersBig Brothers Big Sisters, NBPTS, New Teacher Center, Oak Foundation, Teach for All, Teach for America


 

Learning Series | FLEX PD @ FI

The FI School Learning Series was created for educators who want to deepen their knowledge of digital learning and instructional strategies to meet today’s learners.  Each workshop in the series is designed to allow participants to attend a full day of learning sessions around a specific theme that meets their professional needs.


 

Micro-credentialing

Digital technologies have made it possible for students and educators alike to learn anywhere, anytime. Educators can now create their own learning through their personal learning networks (PLNs), open education websites, and through massive open online courses (MOOCs). However, most states still only allow teachers to demonstrate their continued learning by documenting the number of hours they sit and listen to sessions.

Digital badges provide one solution to the incongruity between how we know professionals learn and the current requirements. Badges are relevant and useful ways to demonstrate and recognize newly attained skills and knowledge. Badging programs enable teachers to capture their own learning and determine with whom, when and where it is shared. Learn more.

Partner: Digital Promise Oak Foundation


 

MOOC-Ed

Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Ed) is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the NC State College of Education. Built on research-based models of effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online communities of practice, our MOOC-Ed courses focus on authentic, project-based learning, collaborative peer-supported learning.  Courses cover a large variety of relevant educational topics and audiences.


 

North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network (NCDLCN)

The North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network seeks to provide the instructional technologists, instructional coaches, mentor teachers, and media coordinators with ongoing and job-embedded professional learning opportunities to build capacity in digital and personalized learning and acquire strategies and knowledge related to best practices in leadership, coaching and support of educators and students in their schools.

Partners: NCTIESProject Tomorrow


 

Professional Learning Opportunities

Dedicated and well-prepared educators and administrators are key to the success of any digital learning initiative. The Friday Institute’s focus on professional development and learning is geared toward the knowledge and skills necessary for planning and implementing innovative digital learning initiatives, and provides a deeper understanding of the intersection of curricular standards and sound pedagogy through the use of content-specific/appropriate technology tools. The professional development design is customized and tailored to fit critical needs, combining face-to-face and virtual opportunities, allowing participants to experience educational uses of technology to support their own learning.

Project Lead: Emmy Coleman

Partner: Golden LEAF Foundation