North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


Friday Institute Professional Learning Programs


Join Ongoing, Job-Embedded Cohorts for Learning and Action!

Want innovative models and approaches for personalized, blended and digital teaching and learning to build capacity, develop leadership, facilitate strategic planning, and coach educators? Don’t miss this opportunity!

Explore opportunities by Role for Information on upcoming sessions and registration.

District Team Opportunities

Design Challenge to Address YOUR Problem of Practice

Bring your team to dive into a problem of practice that you are trying to address through a design-based approach. You will have the opportunity to work closely with your team, provide and get feedback from other district teams, and experience design thinking processes in action. You may decide to take this approach and utilize it with your school leaders or school leadership teams. You will leave with new learning and tangible action steps. No previous design experience required!

East
January 30, 2018
Cumberland County Schools
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Digital Learning to Accelerate and Enable Effective Personalized Learning

Join DTDL teams from across the entire state, including the 11 new teams from the 2017-2018 Cohort and over 35 Alumni Teams to learn about, plan for, and share strategies to accelerate your transition to Personalized Learning. You will have opportunities to share your “State of Your District” and get feedback on challenges, explore how to collaborate with other districts to effectively address your needs, and learn more about innovative approaches to curriculum and instruction. You will also have opportunities to participate in discussions around district-decided topics to allow you time to ask questions and share ideas with other district leaders.

April 25, 2018
McKimmon Center @NCSU Raleigh, NC (Statewide Session)
Register a Team

Learner Agency through Innovative Learning Opportunities for Students, including Computational Thinking, Coding, and Design Thinking (with District Showcase)

This session is designed for district leaders who strive to build learner agency or ownership through computational thinking, coding, design thinking, or project-based learning. Leaders may come as part of a team or on their own. Session will be action-oriented and job-embedded for district leaders. The District Showcase will also be a highlight of the session. Leaders will have the opportunity to showcase district efforts related to personalized and digital learning. District leaders will be able to hear from other districts and also interact with, provide feedback to, and ask questions of colleagues in other districts throughout the day.

East
April 11, 2018
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Raleigh, NC
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West
March 8, 2018
Asheville Events Center
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Individual District Leader Opportunities

Effective, Efficient, and Personalized Professional Learning for Educators in Your District

This session is designed for district level leaders who strive to provide effective, efficient, and personalized professional learning for all educators in the district. Leaders may come as part of a team or on their own. Session will be action-oriented and job-embedded for district leaders.

East
December 4, 2017
New Bern Convention Center
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West
January 18, 2018
Asheville Events Center
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Increasing Access to Flexible Learning Opportunities for ALL Students

This session is designed for district leaders who strive to increase equity and help students be better prepared for college, career, and citizenship by increasing access to learning opportunities in and beyond school. Leaders may come as part of a team or on their own. Session will be action-oriented and job-embedded for district leaders.

East
April 19, 2018
New Bern Convention Center
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West
February 15, 2018
Asheville Events Center
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Learner Agency through Innovative Learning Opportunities for Students, including Computational Thinking, Coding, and Design Thinking (with District Showcase)

This session is designed for district leaders who strive to build learner agency or ownership through computational thinking, coding, design thinking, or project-based learning. Leaders may come as part of a team or on their own. Session will be action-oriented and job-embedded for district leaders. The District Showcase will also be a highlight of the session. Leaders will have the opportunity to showcase district efforts related to personalized and digital learning. District leaders will be able to hear from other districts and also interact with, provide feedback to, and ask questions of colleagues in other districts throughout the day.

East
April 11, 2018
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Raleigh, NC
Register
West
March 8, 2018
Asheville Events Center
Register

School Leader Opportunities

Leadership Ignite!

Are you stuck in a rut trying to implement your digital learning transition? During this 2 day event, you will have the opportunity to explore a personal problem of practice alongside other principals from across North Carolina. Whole group and breakout sessions will inspire you, focusing on developing empathy and fostering active problem solving so each participant can continue to expand their network of peer principals and leave with some possible solutions to their challenge. Lunch will be provided both days.

April 11-12, 2018
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Raleigh, NC
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Instructional Coach Opportunities

Virtual Conference - The Power of Story

During this day long event, you’ll connect with instructional leaders from around the country, as well as in your own neighborhoods, to explore “next practices” and strategies for telling the story of your work in ways that help you advocate for the students and teachers you serve.

January 19, 2018
Digital, Virtual Event Ongoing Throughout the Day
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NCTIES - The NCDLCN Way (NCDLCN Alumni only)

During this half day event, we’ll focus on using this powerful statewide network to get the most out of NCTIES and we’ll explore tools and strategies for curating the resources you take back to your schools and districts.

March 1, 2018
Raleigh Convention Center
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School Leader Opportunities

Leadership Ignite!

Are you stuck in a rut trying to implement your digital learning transition? During this 2 day event, you will have the opportunity to explore a personal problem of practice alongside other principals from across North Carolina. Whole group and breakout sessions will inspire you, focusing on developing empathy and fostering active problem solving so each participant can continue to expand their network of peer principals and leave with some possible solutions to their challenge. Lunch will be provided both days.

April 11-12, 2018
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Raleigh, NC
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School Tour Opportunities for All Roles

Increasing Access to Learning Opportunities
Beaufort County Schools

You will have the opportunity to explore two different campuses and hear from teachers and students from 4th grade all the way up to 12th grade from Beaufort County. This will include a look at how Beaufort is approaching coding, digital arts, and STEM. A very rural county, Beaufort has worked extensively on increasing access to opportunities for all of its students, including through partnerships and an emphasis on STEM, including computer science and digital arts classes. The visit will highlight how to expand a student’s learning experiences through learning environments and opportunities beyond the school and school day.

March 5, 2018
10:00AM-2:30PM
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