The New Literacies Collaborative (NLC) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and educators who promote research, professional development and global connections around new literacies. This field emerges from the theoretical and practical intersection of literacy, evolving technologies and media. NLC scholars develop innovative solutions to current educational problems, responding to the ways new technologies are changing learning environments. Our work includes designing and delivering professional development for teachers about new literacies, creating game-based learning environments, developing new approaches to teaching and learning in digital history, and investigating new approaches to teaching struggling readers across cultural contexts.
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Executive Director Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., built a bridge connecting North Carolina and China that has allowed students and educators from both countries to develop cross-cultural understandings and innovative approaches to learning.
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.
Friday Institute Executive Director Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., shares her thoughts on online teacher prep and how 2020 might shape its future.