Highlander Institute partners with communities to imagine and create more equitable, relevant, and effective schools.

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We identify innovations and implement best practices in collaborative partnerships with classroom educators and system administrators.


We activate educators as agents of change by providing learning opportunities that build skills, clarity, and common purpose.


We address gaps across all levels of the student and educator experience by creating resources and disseminating insights to the field at large.

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We aim to solve problems across the educational ecosystem

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Supporting Learning in a COVID World

It all happened very, very fast. COVID-19 rushed in and everything changed.  Overnight, our personal and professional lens at Highlander Institute shifted from the usual wide scope of educational support to a laser focus on the acute needs of teachers and families. As our home state of RI rallied to boldly respond, we rolled up … Read more

The Next Phase of Fuse RI

At Highlander Institute, we strive to learn, grow, and expand our own understanding of what is necessary to create a better student experience for learners and families – in Rhode Island and beyond. Over the years, as we have expanded our expertise around blended learning strategies, personalized learning practices, and the role of culturally responsive … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more


Be Education Podcast

The Be Education Podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things related to K-12 classroom teaching. Listen in for practical tips to learn how to implement blended learning techniques, drive classroom culture, differentiate instruction, approach rigor and mastery, and much more. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran educator, the Be Education Podcast will have actionable advice to help you drive student learning.

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