Dr. Spires, who has been on the NC State faculty since 1986, served as associate dean of NC State’s College of Education and executive director of the Friday Institute from 2019-2022. She was 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.
Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global Research Highlights How Motivation And Science Knowledge May Be Influenced By School Contextual Factors
A recent study written by Executive Director and Professor Emerita Hiller Spires, New Literacies Collaborative Director Marie Himes and NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Erin Krupa is contributing findings to a growing body of evidence in support of project-based learning.
New Children’s Book Series Inspired by William and Ida Friday’s Passion for Education
The Friday Institute hosted a luncheon May 19 to introduce educators and NC State fans to a new children's book that was partially inspired by Dr. William Friday and Ida Friday’s leadership and advocacy to advance K-12 education in North Carolina.
Through a Mutually-Beneficial Model, the Friday Institute PEER Group is Making Space for Historically Marginalized Students in Education Research and Evaluation
In 2020, the PEER Group launched an internship program for undergraduate students that allowed student interns to receive training in leadership, educational research and evaluation techniques while contributing to PEER Group projects.