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.
Education Week: New Teaching Jobs May Emerge With Continued Demand for Virtual Learning
Hiller Spires, Ph.D., executive director of the Friday Institute, talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more personalized learning through digital platforms.
Friday Institute Forges a Path in Online Professional Learning
Nine years ago, the Friday Institute launched an initiative focused on meeting the growing needs of schools and equipping educators with research-based professional development. Since then, online professional learning at the Friday Institute has served more than 76,000 educators in 50 states and more than 160 countries.
Global Connections with Educators in China: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Executive Director Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., built a bridge connecting North Carolina and China that has allowed students and educators from both countries to develop cross-cultural understandings and innovative approaches to learning.