Dr. Spires, who has been on the NC State faculty since 1986, serves as associate dean of NC State’s College of Education and executive director of the Friday Institute. She is also a Professor of Literacy and Technology in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in literacy education with a cognate in English from the University of South Carolina. She served as the founding director of The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation from 2002-2006 and served as FI Senior Research Fellow from 2006-2019.She directs the Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative and also led the development of the New Literacies & Global Learning program, including the K-12 Literacy Cohort. Dr. Spires serves as honorary principal of Suzhou North America High School, which she helped create in 2015. Her latest book, published in 2020 by Teachers College Press, is Read, Write, Inquire: Disciplinary Literacy for Grades 6-12. Learn more about Dr. Spires.
Fall 2020 Online Professional Learning Courses Now Open for Registration
Free high-quality online professional learning courses are now open for registration for the Fall 2020 session.
Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research (LASER) Institute to Build Learning Analytics Capacity in STEM Education Research
To support early and mid-career STEM education researchers in building their learning analytics capacity, staff and faculty at the Friday Institute and the NC State College of Education are establishing the Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research (LASER) Institute.
2020 Friday Medal Honors Dr. Dudley Flood
The Friday Institute has selected Dudley E. Flood, Ed.D., to receive the 2020 Friday Medal.