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Two Highlander Institute partner schools recognized with governor’s citations for improving outcomes despite pandemic challenges

“We are incredibly proud of these two school communities and all of the hard work, dedication, and resilience they have demonstrated over the past couple of challenging years. It is a true example of how combining the expertise of our leadership and educators with a talented Highlander Institute facilitator and effective school change model created…

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Connecting Data and Equity: Exploring Human-Centered Data Practices

Over the past twenty years, the role of data in the classroom has increased in intensity and complexity. Teachers now have access to a wide variety of data from learning platforms, interim assessments, state tests, and formative measures — to name a few — that aim to support student learning. But accessing this barrage of…

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How a Rhode Island district adapted learning pods to improve student equity

Occupying just one square mile, Rhode Island’s Central Falls School District is located in the smallest town in the nation’s smallest state. But despite its small size, its equity concerns loom large. The six-school district, which has been under state takeover since 1992 because of financial hardship, enrolls 2,878 students, 68% of whom are eligible for…

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Teachers, Be Brave: Your Students Need You to Be Culturally Responsive

Advocating for teaching critical consciousness I will never forget the day I learned about Emmett Till. I was in my 5th grade class, watching the documentary series Eyes on the Prize, which discussed how 14 year old Till was lynched for allegedly flirting with a white woman in 1955. The video showed Till’s face —…

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Why We Need Students On School Improvement Teams

One of our CRSP-Pathways schools is exploring new ways to actively involve students in their School Improvement Team (SIT). In this instance, the SIT consists of students, teachers, building leaders, a district administrator, and parents. Student reflections on an identified problem Student government presidents and vice presidents from each grade attended a recent SIT data…

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