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Map of Golden LEAF Essential Skill Grantee Locations   The Friday Institute Research and Evaluation (FIRE) Group at NC State University in conjunction with College of Education Workforce Development faculty and the North Carolina Community College System provide evaluation and capacity building services for the Essential Skills in Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, an $11 million grant funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation (Golden...

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, with funding support from the Hewlett and Oak Foundations, is continuing its exploration of scalable approaches to professional development for educators through the development and evaluation of Massively Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds). The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the efficacy and impact of the MOOC-Eds on educators’ knowledge and professional...

The Kenan Fellows Program (KFP) has partnered with The Friday Institute Evaluation Team to conduct an ongoing annual evaluation their work. The mission of the Kenan Fellows Program is to improve K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education by providing relevant, professional learning and leadership development for exceptional teachers through innovative collaborations with research partners in industry, higher education...

As part of a competitive grant competition run by Athabasca University (Principal Investigator: George Siemens), and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the purpose of the MOOC Research Initiative was to advance understanding of the role of MOOCs in the education sector and how emerging models of learning will influence traditional education. This study leveraged the Friday Institute’s...

The Inventory of Professional Development is a tool for collecting data describing the length, facilitator, amount, and perceived success of a school’s professional development event.

The Professional Development Exit Questionnaire is a tool for evaluating the quality and relevance of a professional development event.