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Honoring Truth & Visibility this Native American Heritage Month

Highlander Institute’s office is based in the state of Rhode Island, occupying the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples. This region’s Indigenous peoples and their time-honored traditions continue today and ought to be recognized and respected. We thank the original caretakers of this land and celebrate your strength, resilience, and legacy. November is…

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Beyond the Binary: Affirming Gender Identity with Our Students

At Highlander Institute, improving experiences for students is a critical part of our mission. Hearing the student perspective about what is working and what is not working in classrooms — including what may be causing harm — inspired the creation of our Student Experience Survey. Survey data is particularly valuable because it helps us unpack…

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Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Pedagogy: Research, Rationale, & Practices

“…we can no longer be victims, we can impact social change.”  A 5th grade student of a teacher we coach wrote these words as part of a project reflection. I keep these words on a post-it at my desk to remind me of the purpose of schooling: to inspire and support our students to become…

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The Power of a Question: Recapping My Return to In-Person Conferences

Last week, Stephanie Garcia from our coaching and change management team attended the New York Charter School Association Conference in New York City. Read on for Steph’s thoughts from the experience: In all honesty, given the education field’s chaotic climate right now, I truly did not know what to expect. What resulted was a revival…

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Reflecting on Filipino American History Month through the Lens of CRSP

October is associated with traditions and holidays that offer us a time to reflect on our shared history. It is, among many things, Filipino American History Month (FAHM). As we aspire to be agents of positive change in the education space, we are always working to build our sociocultural awareness. Examining the best and worst…

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