Since I began my journey as both an educational researcher and teacher educator I have noticed how important community building is in changing the world. As I travel to NRC, AERA, IRA, NECC, and a host of other conferences I have noticed how committed people can work together.
For example, even though new literacies research is a diverse field, everyone I met has the same the goal of preparing students for a world that continuously evolves with technology.
Furthermore, everywhere I traveled a group of us would gather outside of conference hall and discuss the need to bring together both new literacies researchers classroom teachers who are moving the field forward.
This is why I was so excited to hear about the New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute this summer at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation of North Carolina State University.
The Internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have redefined learning and literacy in the 21st century. How should schools and teachers respond? The New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute prepares educators for teaching in powerful ways with these new digital tools. The Institute will include inquiry projects, workshops, panel discussions, design studios, invited speakers, and just-in-time learning. Working collaboratively to develop creative and innovative instructional solutions for their classrooms, participants will spend an intensely rewarding week with other educators, just as passionate about transforming teaching and learning for the 21st century. In this weeklong institute, conducted by leaders in the rapidly emerging field of new literacies and learning, you will:
• Develop expertise with teaching the new literacies of online reading comprehension and learning in your grade level or subject area.
• Design and produce video and new media learning products for student learning.
• Adapt innovative social networking environments for use in 21st century classrooms.
• Explore dynamic instructional models for teaching new literacy and learning skills.
• Hone the dispositions and skills to become an instructional leader for change.
• Engage a pioneering community of teacher leaders who continue to collaborate after the Institute.
• Gain access to the latest technology and facilities of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University, an international center for school change and innovation.
Join us for the New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute this summer at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation of North Carolina State University. Dates: July 12-17. Registration fee: $500. For details and registration information: See http://www.fi.ncsu.edu/