China Connections Program

1.  New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute conducted at Beijing Royal School.

  • NLI Beijing 2010, Nov. 3 – 7, 2010;  A week was spent at the school working with 65 teachers–elementary, middle, and high school teachers. We continue to work with the school by video conferencing with 5 Lead Teachers.
2. Chinese Student Day Camps

Beijing Royal School Camp
Chinese students from the Beijing Royal School visited North Carolina State University as part of a tour of U.S. higher education institutions. As part of the BRS Winter Camp tour, fifteen students from Beijing Royal School (BRS), collaborated with the NLC. Wake County’s Centennial Campus Middle School (CCMMS) joined in the activities to share their cultural connections with the BRS students.

BRS Summer Camp, July 29, 2013
BRS Winter Camp, February 1, 2013
BRS Winter Camp, February 6, 2012
BRS Winter Camp, February 3, 2011

Beijing Education Commission Summer Camp
Over 100 students from Beijing, China visited NC State University to work with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s New Literacies Collaborative (NLC). It marks the first time the NLC has had the opportunity to work with the public school students from China.

BEC Summer Camp, August 5, 2013

4. America-Asia Summit on Educational Partnerships
The NLC participated in the 2008 America-Asia Summit on Educational Partnerships on April 14 – 16, 2008.

5. Summit on North Carolina US/China K-12 Education

In Fall 2007 after returning from a trip to Beijing, Dr. Spires convened organizations working on partnerships with China to explore the idea of a Summit on US/China Education. The organizations who met initially and conceptualized the the Summit were: the Friday Institute, the Confucius Institute, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the Center for International Understanding and  LEARN NC. The group formed an inter-organizational committee to organize a biannual Summit.  Below are links to the first two Summits:
6. Sponsored
  • Professor Jeng Zhang as a Chinese scholar at the Friday Institute in 2008; co-authored two publications on Chinese education with him.
  • Sponsored Meixun Zheng with a 3-year NSF-funded graduate research assistantship for doctoral students.
  • Professor Dan Li as a Chinese scholar from Beijing Languages and Culture Univerity at the Friday Institute in 2013.
7. Launched New Literacies & Global Learning Graduate Program in Fall 2009.


8.  China-US Conference on Literacy at Beijing Normal University

In July 2007, a 7-person delegation from the Friday Institute and the College of Education traveled to Beijing to make a presentation at the China-US Conference on Literacy at Beijing Normal University.
  • Spires, H., McCammon, L., Bouterse, B. (July 2007). 21st century literacies in the classroom: Using cell phones and Internet 2.0 to create digital stories. Paper presented at the China and U.S. Literacy Conference, Beijing, China.
  • Reflections US China Conference on Literacy Held In China

9. Publications

  • Spires, H. Morris, G., & Zhang, J. (2013). New Literacies in the US and China: Middle Grade Teachers Confront the Issues. RMLE
  • Spires, H., & Zheng, M. (2013). New Literacies, new complexities: A model of professional development with Chinese teachers. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Hervey, L., Spires, H., & Zhang, J. (2009). The Awakening of Young Adolescent Education in the People’s Republic of China. In S. Mertens, V. Anfara, & K. Roney (Eds.), An International Look at Educating Young Adolescents (pp.97-114). Charlotte: IAP- Information Age Publishing.

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