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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 U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Department of Education developed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program to provide eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver 2-year career training programs that prepare program participants for employment in specialized fields. In April 2013 the Mission Critical...

The overarching goal of the Students Discover project is to use the pathway of Citizen Science to improve STEM education in middle school by developing a model for engaging students in doing real science and inspiring teachers through mentorships with practicing scientists. Real research experiences are key to educational development of students. While research universities and museums can partner to...

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...

Headquartered in Chapel Hill, NC, VIF International Education (www.vifprogram.com) builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition, and teacher exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students can excel in core curriculum as well as develop valuable 21st century...

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...