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Spires to Design Model School in China

Hiller Spires, a professor of literacy and technology in the College of Education and a senior research fellow at the Friday Institute, has secured funding to design a model high school in China to educate students who plan to enroll in top U.S. universities. A $1.5 million grant from the Wuzhong Group, a real estate development firm in China, will fund the project, planned for the residential community of Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu Province.

The project has four components:

  • Provide leadership for the development of a teaching, learning and technology plan for the school.
  • Provide consultation on the physical and technological design of the new facility to ensure that it supports contemporary teaching and learning systems.
  • Provide ongoing training for educational staff in pedagogical approaches that support active learning.
  • Create student and faculty academic exchanges between NC State and the school to expand the range and depth of global research and competence in both organizations.

After the school is established, North Carolina teachers will have the opportunity to travel there on short-term teaching excursions to gain international experience and to build professional relationships.