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A case for Real Cupcakes and Real Connections at BPLC19

A Case for Real Cupcakes and Real Connections at BPLC19 First published on the Blended Learning Universe 2/26/19 My three-year-old loves his iPad. He implores me to take it down from the high shelf where it’s stored with the desperate thirst of a man who’s been wandering the desert. It’s one of the few carrots...

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Reflections on Redesign: Lessons Learned from the Fuse Architect Project

A central aim of Highlander Institute is to support equity, access, and opportunity for all students through the use of blended and personalized learning models. We believe these are powerful levers for engaging students in their education and better preparing them for future success. However, these approaches are challenging to implement and, in many cases,...

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EdCampRI 2018: Register for Free Today

The 6th annual EdCampRI is swiftly approaching! Join a dynamic group of educators at Alger Hall on Rhode Island College’s campus on Saturday, May 5 from 8:00AM-1:30PM for a great day of learning and sharing. All are welcome to be a part of the conversation, whether you’re an EdCamp veteran or newbie. Register today for...

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Just Released: “Be Education” Podcast

Are you looking to try something new in your classroom?  Have you heard about Blended and Personalized Learning but don’t know where to start?  Take a listen to The Be Education Podcast: 15-minute quick-bite episodes you can listen to during a prep or short commute with ideas to try in your classroom tomorrow. Hosted by Nick DiNardo and Highlander Institute‘s...

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Q&A with Nicole Lanni

Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute: I will be joining the Highlander team as an Educational Strategies Specialist where I will have the privilege to work with administrators, teachers, and students in supporting their individual vision of personalized & blended learning.   What’s your background? I have been a member of the...

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Q&A with Meg Smallidge

Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute: Highlander Institute and The Education Cooperative (TEC) are joining forces to bring Fuse to 14 districts in Massachusetts and I will be the Program Manager for this project! The project leverages internal talent and grows capacity for sustained, scalable blended and personalized learning across partnering districts....

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Q&A with Zack Charette

Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute: At Highlander, I will be researching two areas of development within the agency. The first will be the strategies and tools we use to support teachers in blended and personalized learning implementation through classroom walkthroughs and observations. My research into the online platform we use and...

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Q&A with Charlie Thompson

 Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute: I will support Kara’s work with the Walkthrough tool and Cathy’s production of the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference. For my work with Kara, I will be helping to find and aggregate resources that support teachers’ professional development in the areas specified by the Walkthrough tool...

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Q&A with Jennifer Polexi

1. Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute: I will be working with Karina on the Fuse Architect Project centered around transforming the way 7 high schools use the blending learning model in their classrooms. Furthermore, I will keep The Highlander Institute abreast of policy issues that run through our local state house...

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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...

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