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.
EdNC: Our education system was ‘built around students already engaged.’ A statewide connectivity initiative could change that.
EdNC Editor-In-Chief Mebane Rash shares key takeaways from Friday Institute webinar "Exploring Next-Generation Education in the Time of COVID-19."
Friday Institute’s Commitment to Educators, Students Continues Amidst Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
The Friday Institute is continuing its commitment to supporting educators, collaborating with its community and providing resources for teaching and learning while educators and students are at home.
EdNC: Perspective | Friday Institute champions STEM
EdNC highlights the Friday Institute for their monthly feature, the NC STEM ScoreCard, which builds broader awareness of how P-20 STEM education is being nurtured across North Carolina.