Q&A with Danielle Blasczak

 

 

1. Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute:
I am the Research and Evaluation Manager in the Impact Office.  I hope to create an accessible data narrative for the Institute by coordinating analytic and reporting processes.
2. What’s your background?
Previous to this position I was the Assistant Director of Data and Research at the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity and worked as the TSLP Data Coach in the Providence Public School District. Previous to my career in educational data systems I worked in fundraising at Brown University and Rhode Island Public Radio.
3. What are you most looking forward to with this new position?
I am looking forward to helping Highlander improve upon the measurement systems and data collection systems that are in place, as well as organize and validate the information that has already been gathered.
4. What’s your self professed super-power?
Streamlining and Brevity!
5. Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
Stop by and say hello!

 

Q&A with Karina Rodruiguez

1. Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute:
As part of the impact team, we aim to support, monitor, and learn from the different programs led by Highlander in order to strengthen our team’s influence and impact on our schools and teachers.
2. What’s your background?
Born and raised in New York City, I graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Anthropology and received my masters from Brown University in Urban Education Policy. I have had great opportunities working and teaching students from the south side of Chicago and my hometown in Brooklyn. I previously interned at PPSD and the Ethnic Studies program assisting with the development of the program and its curriculum during their pilot year. I also worked with the New York office of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform as their Data and Research Analyst and worked alongside community organizations across the United States on projects around equity and culturally responsive education.
3. What are you most looking forward to with this new position?
With this position I hope to learn and grow with the educators in Rhode Island and support the different programs and efforts led by Highlander to support the teaching work force while promoting blended and personalized learning.
4. What’s your self professed super-power?
I have the innate ability to watch Netflix for hours on end. (Please don’t post that.)

Q&A with Malika Ali

1. Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute:
As an Educational Strategies Specialist, I will be collaborating on project implementation and coaching support for Fuse Architect schools.
2. What’s your background?
Most recently, I was an innovation specialist for academic programs for the Providence Public School District. Prior to that, I was a founding science teacher at one of Rhode Island’s first blended learning high schools where I learned a great deal about the opportunities and challenges associated with school-wide and network-wide implementation. And in another life I was involved in public health/biology research. I’ve lived in Rhode Island for 13 years but was born and raised in Oklahoma where my parents immigrated to from Eritrea.
3. What are you most looking forward to with this new position?
I believe the most important lever of change is at the classroom level so I’m really looking forward to getting back into schools and working with teachers and school teams to put their plans into action.
 
4. What’s your self professed super-power?
I can easily make chocolate disappear
5. Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
My people invented coffee. You’re welcome.