Who We Are

We inspire and educate all stakeholders to foster learning innovations

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

Nancy PD smWe engage educators at all levels to provide 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.

Our coaches are educational leaders who have extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership support and development, data-driven decision-making and professional development planning and design – all as they relate to digital learning programs. Our professional development is customized and tailored to fit the current needs of your schools and districts with a focus on adaptive student-centered approaches that provide concrete, quality, purposeful, reflective practices supported through technology. Learn more about what we do.

The PL2C Team


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 – all as they relate to digital learning programs. All the professional development designed is customized and tailored to fit educators’ unique and current needs in schools and districts.

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Greg Garner

Research Associate

Biography

Where is your hometown?
Humble, TX

Describe your work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative.
My work with the PLLC centers mostly around the development of a district resource toolkit to help school districts in their implementation of the NC Digital Learning Plan. I am excited to put practical strategies and resources directly into the hands of those that need it most! I am also involved with the NC Digital Leaders Coaching Network, the Leadership in Blended Learning program, and generally anything else I can get my hands on to help more educators.

How did you come to work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative?
Shortly after moving to North Carolina from Texas in 2014, I was able to connect with Nancy Mangum and she invited me to apply for the NC Digital Leaders Coaching Network. After several conversations and getting to meet the rest of the team at FI, I was asked to facilitate some of the sessions. Simultaneously, the PLLC was expanding and I was fortunate enough to be offered a position with the team, which I gratefully accepted.

What is your favorite part about working at the Friday Institute?
The sheer creativity and passion that everyone brings to their work is infectious. Everyone treats one another with respect and care, which makes it easy to bring your full self to your work day in and day out.

My favorite pastime is…
Golf – It’s probably unfortunate (or perhaps VERY fortunate?) that the FI is located across the street from NC State’s golf course

I could never live without…
Coffee – I’m quickly learning what a haven NC is when it comes to quality independent coffees and am on a personal mission to try as many as possible. …Maybe I should switch to decaf?