The 2018 New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute took place in Kitale, Kenya on June 13 – 15. Approximately 60 teachers attended the 3 day institute focusing on new literacies and inquiry based learning. Co Directors Hiller A. Spires, NC State University, and Dr. Shea Kerkhoff, University of Missouri – St. Louis, along with Michelle Falter & DeLeon Gray led the institute. Dr. Shea Kerkhoff initiated the project through the ILA Constance McCullough International Research Grant. NC State College of Education, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and the Office of Global Engagement provided support in partnership with Going Global, Inc. (http://nli2018kenya.weebly.com/)
The 2017 New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute took place in Suzhou China with 73 teachers from 17 countries around the world. The week-long institute brought the Suzhou North American High School (SNA) teachers together to unpack the school’s curriculum, learn about Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global, and design lesson plans for a school-wide reading of “A Long Walk to Water.”
The 2016 New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute took place in Suzhou China with 50 teachers and staff at the new school we helped design, Suzhou North America High School. The NLC team designed the curriculum and the physical learning spaces to support our philosophy of contemporary teaching and learning, providing ongoing professional development for the teachers, and supporting the school with new technologies. The school is opening on September 5, 2016 with 300 students and new teachers, many of whom have taught around the world.
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University hosted the 2015 New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute. Teachers from Wake Stem Early College High School, Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School, Beijing Royal School and Suzhou North America High School attended the workshop led by professors Hiller Spires, Teya Rutherford and Karen Keene. Teachers learned how to use innovative technology in the classroom to connect with colleagues between the United States and China. Participants created Project-Based Inquiry plans which were implemented with their students across the globe.
Dr. Hiller Spires The NLI framework inspired the Summer Institute on Digital Literacy led by Drs. Julie Coiro and Renee Hobbs. The Institute was inspired by the framework of the New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute.
As part of the New Literacies Collaborative’s ongoing partnership with Beijing Royal School (BRS), the New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute (NLI) 2013 was conducted in March at BRS in Beijing, China with 80 educators.
NLI 2012 – Raleigh, NC
NLI 2012 Blurb: The New Literacies Collaborative in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction held the NLI 2012 in Raleigh, NC with 100 educators from rural NC school districts.
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University hosted the 2011 New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute. Teachers from North Carolina and China collaborated to create an innovative inquiry projects that had global significance. The institute helped them understand the affordances of new technologies for learning. Through this project-based inquiry approach, NC State University researchers demonstrated new approaches for student engagement and achievement.
NC State University sent a delegation from the College of Education to Beijing, China to lead an educational institute. Teachers at Beijing Royal School (BRS) learned about inquiry projects, web-2.0 and just-in-time learning. The institute resulted in an international partnership.
NLI 2010 – Cambridge, MA
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University held the first New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute. The week long institute entitled, “New Literacies, Inquiry, Equity: Teacher Leaders for a New Educational Era,” focused on how a new literacies approach to education that leverages emerging digital tools can create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for students and teachers. Forty-eight teachers from across the country (and China) came together to share ideas, learn from leaders in the field of new literacies, engage in project-based inquiry, and answer the question: What will you contribute as a new literacies teacher leader?