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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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.

Tom Vander Ark – "Highlander Institute Blends Rhode Island"

Tom Vander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment, gave the keynote address at Highlander Institute’s 4th Annual Blended Learning Conference, which convened local, regional, and national experts around blended learning and technology integration! 


“No state has a better blended learning partner than Rhode Island’s Highlander Institute.” – Tom Vander Ark


Read Tom’s blog post about his trip to Rhode Island with us here!


Tom Vander Ark Cites Highlander Institute as Key to Blended Learning in Providence

Smart Cities: Providence Picking Up The Pace

The Providence School District was engaged in a turnaround effort at the turn of the century. Almost 15 years later, Providence Schools continues efforts to implement an “aligned instructional system,” is hostile toward options, but is actively pursuing blended learning options. Helping to launch the the state’s model for blended learning,The Highlander Institute has been pulled deeper into collaborative efforts with Providence Schools to expand blended learning and competency based opportunities across the district.



PBN Article: Teachers become tech testers

Shawn Rubin launched EdTechRI as a natural outgrowth of his experience as director of blended learning and technology integration at the Highlander Institute, a charter school in Providence. Blended learning is a combination of online learning through educational-technology software and face-to-face instruction with a teacher in a brick-and-mortar environment. Most of his work is professional development with teachers to help them integrate technology into their classrooms. Rubin works extensively with schools in Providence, as well as across southeast New England. The missing link Rubin discovered between educational-software developers and enthusiastic teachers – the classroom testing phase – ignited a spark that led to the creation of EdTechRI.

Full article