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COVID Clarity: Finding New Focus in a Turbulent Year

March 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the last time I saw my colleagues in person. It has been a year of urgency, adaptiveness, and problem-solving. Yet experiencing how the global pandemic and the national racial reckoning has impacted education has forced our team to double down on where our work can have the…

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White Supremacy, Misogyny, and Hate: We must name it if we are ever to eradicate it.

As a human being, my heart breaks for the lives lost in this week’s Atlanta shootings, for the families who are grieving, and for the loved ones who have yet to hear the worst news one could imagine. As an Asian-American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman, I am terrified. Violent attacks and racist rhetoric against…

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Supporting Learning in a COVID World

It all happened very, very fast. COVID-19 rushed in and everything changed.  Overnight, our personal and professional lens at Highlander Institute shifted from the usual wide scope of educational support to a laser focus on the acute needs of teachers and families. As our home state of RI rallied to boldly respond, we rolled up…

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The Next Phase of Fuse RI

At Highlander Institute, we strive to learn, grow, and expand our own understanding of what is necessary to create a better student experience for learners and families – in Rhode Island and beyond. Over the years, as we have expanded our expertise around blended learning strategies, personalized learning practices, and the role of culturally responsive…

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A case for Real Cupcakes and Real Connections at BPLC19

A Case for Real Cupcakes and Real Connections at BPLC19 First published on the Blended Learning Universe 2/26/19 My three-year-old loves his iPad. He implores me to take it down from the high shelf where it’s stored with the desperate thirst of a man who’s been wandering the desert. It’s one of the few carrots…

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Reflections on Redesign: Lessons Learned from the Fuse Architect Project

A central aim of Highlander Institute is to support equity, access, and opportunity for all students through the use of blended and personalized learning models. We believe these are powerful levers for engaging students in their education and better preparing them for future success. However, these approaches are challenging to implement and, in many cases,…

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EdCampRI 2018: Register for Free Today

The 6th annual EdCampRI is swiftly approaching! Join a dynamic group of educators at Alger Hall on Rhode Island College’s campus on Saturday, May 5 from 8:00AM-1:30PM for a great day of learning and sharing. All are welcome to be a part of the conversation, whether you’re an EdCamp veteran or newbie. Register today for…

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Just Released: “Be Education” Podcast

Are you looking to try something new in your classroom?  Have you heard about Blended and Personalized Learning but don’t know where to start?  Take a listen to The Be Education Podcast: 15-minute quick-bite episodes you can listen to during a prep or short commute with ideas to try in your classroom tomorrow. Hosted by Nick DiNardo and Highlander Institute‘s…

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Q&A with Nicole Lanni

Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute: I will be joining the Highlander team as an Educational Strategies Specialist where I will have the privilege to work with administrators, teachers, and students in supporting their individual vision of personalized & blended learning.   What’s your background? I have been a member of the…

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Q&A with Meg Smallidge

Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute: Highlander Institute and The Education Cooperative (TEC) are joining forces to bring Fuse to 14 districts in Massachusetts and I will be the Program Manager for this project! The project leverages internal talent and grows capacity for sustained, scalable blended and personalized learning across partnering districts….

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