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Highlander Institute Receives Multi-Year Funding to Expand Programs

In an exciting development for the RI educational landscape, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.78M grant to Highlander Institute for the expansion of Fuse RI and the EdTechRI Testbed. Launched in 2014 to “ignite education through blended learning”, Fuse RI is a no-cost solution for districts interested in leveraging technology to...

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Remarks from Fuse Fest

On June 9, 2016, Highlander Institute hosted Fuse Fest, an event to celebrate the “graduation” of our inaugural cohort of Fuse RI Fellows and Partner Districts. We asked Tracey Nangle, a middle school teacher from North Smithfield and Cohort 1 Fellow partnered with Central Falls to give the keynote address. Thank you Tracey for a...

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Revolutionizing Rhode Island's Educational Roadmap

Fuse RI was recently featured in E-Current Magazine. Read the article here: [embeddoc url=”https://highlanderinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-ecurrent-FUSE-RI-article-opt1.pdf”]

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When in Chrome: One district’s attempt to unhook the teacher from the front of the classroom!

  When leading a district’s technology department, one’s main focus is often keeping the “trains running on time.” The opportunity to make any track changes or buildouts often comes during the summer breaks or in between vacation schedules. Unfortunately, most of this time is spent cleaning up data on the backend and disconnecting/reconnecting classroom equipment...

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Was this in the job description? Reflections on the growing use of data by modern educators

The first college class I ever took was Introduction to Statistics. It met at 8 am MWF and was full of freshmen like myself who didn’t know better than to register for an 8am class. Lessons were delivered in a dimly-lit lecture hall and revolved around bulleted PowerPoint slides. The professor was a dry septuagenarian...

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I Brought My Students to a Blended Learning Conference and Lived to Tell the Tale

  Kyle Wilson is a 4th grade teacher at Steere Farm Elementary School in Burrillville and a Fuse Fellow with Highlander Institute. He is an early adopter of blended learning in his district which includes his participation in a software testbed developed by the Institute and #EdTechRI. As Kyle’s work in blended learning continues to...

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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...

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Playlists…The Next Generation by Jason Appel

Jason Appel is a math teacher and Technology Integration Fellow at Barrington High School in Barrington, RI, with twenty years of middle and high school teaching experience in Rhode Island and New York City. He is currently a Fuse RI Fellow. Read my first blog post for more information about my FuseRI project. In a recent...

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Q&A with Michaela Comella

The Institute is excited to welcome Michaela Comella to the team as our Rockstar Administrative Assistant. Read below to learn more about her! Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander: At Highlander, I’ll be responsible for reception, event planning, helping the office run smoothly, and assisting Dana with various tasks. What’s your background? My background...

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Q&A With Michael Klein

As the Director of Knowledge Sharing and Growth, Michael is responsible for overseeing the refinement, dissemination, and scaling of the Highlander Institute’s work. Michael is passionate about project-based learning, educational equity, and professional learning networks as means of empowering teachers and providing students with the skills they need to succeed. Michael was a founding teacher...

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