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.
Exploring Next Generation Education Webinar Highlights Need to Prepare Educators, Social Workers to Help Students Deal with Trauma
Researchers from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State College of Education and School of Social Work have found that many educators and social workers do not feel prepared to engage in and address issues related to trauma. These findings, in addition to a panel discussion of educators and social workers, were shared during the Friday Institute’s recent webinar, “Exploring Next Generation Education: Addressing Trauma as Students Return to School.”
Friday Institute Puts Equity at the Forefront
The Friday Institute builds its work on a foundation of equity-mindedness. An annual conference for teachers, held last month, is just one tool it's using to help students thrive in the classroom.
2021 Friday Medal Will Honor EducationNC CEO and Editor-in-Chief Mebane Rash
Mebane Rash, CEO and editor-in-chief at EducationNC, will be honored virtually at the 2021 Friday Medal ceremony Nov. 18.