North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


NC Digital Learning Initiative Major Accomplishments, 2018-2019 School Year


The NC Digital Learning Initiative is a coordinated framework of state-level actions that support the transition of all public schools to digital-age learning.

Professional Learning

  • NCDPI's Digital Teaching and Learning Team: Provided professional learning opportunities across the state for over 4,800 educators on topics including Home Base, digital learning competencies, and digital learning district leadership. 98% of districts and 37 charters participated.
  • The Friday Institute Professional Learning Team: Provided programming and follow-up support to nearly 700 district and school leaders on tracking digital learning transition progress and moving to personalized digital learning. About 76% of districts and 5 charters/others participated in one or more programs.

Digital Learning Initiative Grants

  • Awarded 10 Planning, 19 Implementation, and 4 Innovation Academy Grants.
  • $2.175M in grants awarded statewide to urban and rural schools, Tier I counties, low-performing districts, and charter schools support over 5,400 educators.
  • Provided technical assistance and supported locally-led professional development and leadership opportunities for grantees, prioritizing personalized learning, micro-credentialing, and student digital literacy.

Systemic Data Approach

Home Base Roadmap

  • Developed a Home Base website, with the Home Base suite of tools available to all public school LEAs.
  • Partnered with Learning.com, a K-8 digital literacy curriculum and assessment solution (with reduced rates for economically distressed districts).
  • Awarded a “convenience contract” for Imagine Learning to assist NC students, educators, and parents with math in grades 3-8, and Math 1 & 2.

Statewide Digital Content Strategy

Economic Evaluation

  • Created a "Digitalness Index" to and generate a rough longitudinal estimate of a school or district’s capacity for personalized, digital-age learning.
  • Examined the effects of NCDLI through descriptive data on finance; connectivity and bandwidth use; and student mobility, absences, discipline, GPA, achievement, and graduation.

Educator Preparation Reform