I. Getting to Know You (10 minutes)
Introduce yourself and share a specific challenge you have with a reader who struggles to read

II. Struggling Readers, Digital Literacies, & Inquiry--Oh My! (30 minutes)
A. Who are struggling readers? (Hiller)

Listen to teachers from AB Combs on their best teaching practices:

B. Why are digital literacies important for struggling readers? (Shea)

C. Why use inquiry with struggling readers? (Marie)

III. Now It's Your Turn!

Warm Up Exercise (15 minutes) (Hiller)

Watch this example of a technology rich inquiry session in action:

How would you scaffold your struggling readers during this process?

A. Conducting a PBI (45 minutes) (Jennifer)

(In your group, assign roles to complete the tasks: Facilitator, Scribe, Provocateur, Reporter {Everyone will be a researcher})
Institute Presenters
Ask Compelling Questions
PBI Hacks Url:
Group 1
Gather & Analyze Sources
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Group 2
Synthesize Claims & Evidences
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Group 3
Evaluate & Revise
PBI Hacks Url: search COPS
Group 4
Publish, Share & Act
PBI Hacks Url:

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Group 6
Synthesize Claims & Evidences
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Group 7
Evaluate & Revise
PBI Hacks Url: Keep Calm & Revise
Group 8
Publish, Share & Act
PBI Hacks Url:

B. Add your ideas for digital tools to the Padlet.

Digital Tools for PBI

C. Create your PBI Hack in the style of a life hack.

life-hack ˈlīfˌhak/noun 1. a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

A PBI hack could be:
  • Strategy represented by graphic organizer
  • Novel or clever techniques described or demonstrated in a video
  • Hints to complete the phase represented by memes

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IV. Share Out (15 minutes)

V. What Are Your Take-Aways from Today's Session? (10 minutes)
Go to Today's Meet

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Key Resources:

Key References:
  • Spires, H., Hervey, L., Morris, G., & Stelpflug, C. (2012). Energizing project-based inquiry: Middle grade students read, write, and create videos. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, (55)6, 483-493.
  • Spires, H., Bartlett, M., Garry, A., & Quick, A. (2012). Digital literacies and learning: Designing a path forward. Friday Institute White Paper Series. NC State University: Raleigh, NC.
  • Spires, H., Hervey, L., & Watson, T. (2013). Scaffolding the TPACK framework with literacy teachers: New literacies, new minds. In S. Kajder's and C.A. Young (Eds.), Research on English language arts and technology (pp. 33-61). Greenwich, CN: Information Age Press.
  • Spires, H., Kerkhoff, S., Graham, A., & Lee, J. (2014). Relating inquiry to disciplinary literacy. Friday Institute White Paper Series. NC State University.
  • Spires, H. (2015, April). The importance of expanding reading specialists in NC schools. OP Ed in News & Observer. Retrieved at