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When in Chrome: One district’s attempt to unhook the teacher from the front of the classroom!

  When leading a district’s technology department, one’s main focus is often keeping the “trains running on time.” The opportunity to make any track changes or buildouts often comes during the summer breaks or in between vacation schedules. Unfortunately, most of this time is spent cleaning up data on the backend and disconnecting/reconnecting classroom equipment...
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Was this in the job description? Reflections on the growing use of data by modern educators

The first college class I ever took was Introduction to Statistics. It met at 8 am MWF and was full of freshmen like myself who didn’t know better than to register for an 8am class. Lessons were delivered in a dimly-lit lecture hall and revolved around bulleted PowerPoint slides. The professor was a dry septuagenarian...
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I Brought My Students to a Blended Learning Conference and Lived to Tell the Tale

  Kyle Wilson is a 4th grade teacher at Steere Farm Elementary School in Burrillville and a Fuse Fellow with Highlander Institute. He is an early adopter of blended learning in his district which includes his participation in a software testbed developed by the Institute and #EdTechRI. As Kyle’s work in blended learning continues to...
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Syrafuse April Update

In January 2016, Highlander Institute rolled out its first expansion of the Fuse Fellowship beyond the state of Rhode Island. We are happy to report that SyraFuse, a new Fuse incarnation within the Syracuse City School District in central New York, just wrapped up its third successful month! Since early February, Highlander’s own Roshni Lakhi...
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Playlists…The Next Generation by Jason Appel

Jason Appel is a math teacher and Technology Integration Fellow at Barrington High School in Barrington, RI, with twenty years of middle and high school teaching experience in Rhode Island and New York City. He is currently a Fuse RI Fellow. Read my first blog post for more information about my FuseRI project. In a recent...
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Q&A with Michaela Comella

The Institute is excited to welcome Michaela Comella to the team as our Rockstar Administrative Assistant. Read below to learn more about her! Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander: At Highlander, I’ll be responsible for reception, event planning, helping the office run smoothly, and assisting Dana with various tasks. What’s your background? My background...
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Q&A With Michael Klein

As the Director of Knowledge Sharing and Growth, Michael is responsible for overseeing the refinement, dissemination, and scaling of the Highlander Institute’s work. Michael is passionate about project-based learning, educational equity, and professional learning networks as means of empowering teachers and providing students with the skills they need to succeed. Michael was a founding teacher...
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Q&A with Joshua Marland

Meet the newest addition to the Highlander Institute Team, Joshua Marland! As Manager of Organizational Learning at the Institute, Joshua oversees the development of data collection and analysis systems. He is currently working on his dissertation in the Research in Educational Measurement and Psychometrics doctoral program at UMass Amherst. Before UMass, he worked at the Regents...
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Inside Rhode Island's Transformative Blended Learning Workforce

As featured in Ed Tech Magazine in 08/2015:   When Rhode Island’s schools took the blended-learning plunge, they weren’t just transforming how their students are taught, they were also fundamentally changing how their teachers are taught. The second year of study has just begun at Fuse RI, an initiative created by the Highlander Institute that is...
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Reflections on a Year as a Fuse Fellow

by Kyle Wilson, Fuse Fellow, 4th Grade Teacher So, exactly what is it that you’re doing?” As Fuse Fellows, this is something we’re asked all the time, whether we’re talking to colleagues, family, or our better halves.  Offering up the details explaining our work can mean a hefty response. Do I just jump right into...
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