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 and Maeve Murray have worked onsite with 22 enthusiastic early adopter teachers during monthly 3-day trips to Syracuse.

Each visit includes embedded, personalized classroom supports and debrief sessions with at least 10 Fellows, as well as whole cohort meetings centered around important blended learning topics. The Fellows have all exhibited growth mindsets toward what blended can do for teaching and learning in their classrooms, pushed each other’s thinking, and supported each other’s work through Twitter, Office 365 collaboration, and feedback on classroom video footage. Six Fellows were even able to make the trip to Providence for BPLC16!

Unlike the Fuse RI Fellowship, the focus of SyraFuse during the first six months is getting Fellows up-and-running as blended learning experts in their own classrooms and schools. Starting in the fall of 2016, Fellows will then branch out beyond their own classrooms to work with other teachers and across different school sites in an attempt to scale the great work they’re doing.

To follow along with these educators on their blended learning journeys, follow #SyraFuse on Twitter!