Economic Development Through Educational Technology

With the generous support of Commerce RI, Highlander Institute recently enlisted the support of Fourth Economy Consulting to conduct a feasibility study of the RI EdTech landscape. Based on numerous interviews and focus groups, economic analysis and research, this study analyzes the strategy for economic growth in RI through education technology. As executive agents of EduvateRI, RI’s Education Innovation Cluster, and in partnership with the RI Office of Innovation and Digital Promise, this report will assist in the growth of this sector across the state, looking at educational technology as an economic driver. For more information, visit the EduvateRI website and read the full study here:

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Q&A With Nick Vockerodt

Meet the newest member of our team, Nick Vockerodt!


Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander: 

I am joining Highlander as the Research and Evaluation Analyst. I will be working in the office of the Director of Data and Analytics, helping to build instruments that will ease the process of data collection, synthesis and reporting for new and ongoing projects at the Institute.

What’s your background? 

I have worked in schools almost entirely since 2007, with time spent as the founding Director of a 21st CCLC program, teachers assistant and middle school teacher. Somewhere in those years I earned a masters in urban education policy and have also worked freelance on a number of education related projects at the school, state and district level.

What are you most looking forward to with this new position?

There are a lot of great things happening in Rhode Island schools, and there is more that we can learn about from other places. I really look forward to turning information we gather into useful tools that help students and teachers. I am also really excited about the idea of including local and regional partners as full-time members in our public K-12 experience and developing processes that can improve their impact on the outcomes of students, schools and communities.

What’s your self professed superpower?

I can disappear and reappear.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share?

Too many! Its busy out there.

Excellence in Education and Learning

Highlander Institute received the 2016 Providence Business News Award for Excellence in Education and Learning. The Institute was honored along with 9 other Rhode Island organizations and businesses at the annual PBN awards ceremony in November. PBN kindly put together this video to highlight our work and mission.

You can read read more about why PBN selected Highlander Institute here.