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.
The Future of the State and Its Children Dependent on Proper Literacy Instruction, Say Panelists During Exploring Next Generation Education Webinar
During the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s recent webinar, "Exploring Next-Generation Education: Educational Equity and the Science of Reading: What’s at Stake?", panelists discussed themes of literacy instruction impacting the future of the state as well as the definition and importance of the science of reading.
How to Engage Students in Addressing Global Problems
NC State researchers challenged 11th graders to find solutions to address the global problem of clean water access.
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.