Changing the World of Teaching and Learning

The 2013 Massachusetts New Literacies Institute grew out of a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Institute for Research and Innovative Education (IRIE) through the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative (LPVEC). Though grant funding is no longer available, ESE continues to support new literacies and the important work of the Institute as it is carried on by the LPVEC. This Institute will focus on helping Massachusetts educators prepare students for the online literacy skills required in the 21st century. The Institute will take place on August 5-9, 2013 at the Microsoft Research Center at 1 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA.


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 Massachusetts New Literacies Institute will prepare educators for teaching in powerful ways with these new digital tools. Institute activities will include inquiry projects, workshops, panel discussions, design studios, featured 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 in teaching the new literacies of online collaborative inquiry, online content construction, and online reading comprehension in your grade level or subject area as they relate to the new Massachusetts ELA and Literacy Framework.

•Design and produce video and new media products for student learning.

•Adapt innovative social networking environments for use in 21st century classrooms.

•Explore dynamic instructional models for teaching 21st century skills.

•Learn how your class can collaborate with other classrooms around the world.

•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 Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge.

•Districts will have the opportunity to win hardware to support integration of content and technology.

•Use the twitter #mnli12 to let us know about your experiences.

•Visit our website at mnli.org for more information, blog posts, and resources.

•Have fun!


The contents of this website were developed as a collaborative project by the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal or State Government.