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.
A Deep Dive Into the Advanced Teaching Roles Program
On Feb. 2, the Friday Institute hosted a webinar featuring leaders from districts piloting the Advanced Teaching Roles program discussing the value of the program and recommendations for those interested in implementing it in their districts.
Behind the Scenes of North Carolina’s At-Home Learning Initiative
The Friday Institute facilitated the creation and implementation of 192 literacy and math lessons for PreK-5 students as part of the At-Home Learning initiative for remote education in partnership with NCDPI and PBS North Carolina (PBS NC). Most of these lessons will air this year on PBS NC.
Four Tips for Educators from “Exploring Next-Generation Education: K-12 Trends That Matter for 2021″
Read four takeaways from our webinar “Exploring Next-Generation Education: K-12 Trends That Matter for 2021", a virtual panel discussion with K-12 education thought leaders.